Balmy Beach PM 38

by Jay Paterson
(Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada)

My father, brother, grandfather and I built a PM 38 in 1963. Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada.

Powered by a 28 HP Johnson that thing liberated all the kids of Balmy Beach.

We skiied behind it all day, every summer, for years.

The thing would slide around the corners while the skier pulled away at the transom.

A serious grounding on a submerged dock at high speed destroyed the motor, and ripped thet transom loose from the side panels.

Out came the fibreglas to stem the leaking, and we got another 3-4 years out of the boat.

Finally died after about 8 years of hard use.

What a terrific introduction to high-speed water sports.

50 years later and still skiing like crazy.

Thanks PM,

Jay Paterson, Balmy Beach, Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada

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Sep 02, 2015
PM 38 - 2 for 1
by: Cliff

In the early 60s a friend and I built PM 38s in my garage. It was great to have someone else around when an extra hand was needed.

Loved my boat. Did a lot of sking with a 35 ohnson.

Ultimately traded it for a school bus camper.

Just might have to build another one now.

Jul 23, 2015
by: Colin

Have you sold her yet?

If not I am interested in the restoration of your Grew as I grew up riding in one of these on the Georgian Bay.

Please E-mail me at, thank you.

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