Buchanan Midget 25 hp engine
When this boat came off the assembly line at Duke’s in Port Carling in 1941, she was known as 41-05, meaning that she was the fifth Playmate to be built that year.
She once belonged to Richard Wallace on Lake Rosseau.
By the 1990s, she had become a “gray boat,” which in boatbuilder-speak means that the wood had been unvarnished for so long that it had become like weathered barn-board.
When Muskoka Launch Livery proprietor Stan Hunter first saw 41-05, she was in pieces in the garage of his good friend George Scobie of Port Carling.
George passed away in 1996, leaving the boat to Stan, who promised George’s daughter Heather that he would someday restore her and name the boat after her.
Sadly, Heather did not live to see her namesake (she died in 2003), but Stan made good on his promise, and Heather joined the fleet in 2010.