PRIOR TO LEAVING FOR MINNESOTA AND EVEN DURING THE SHOW the standard question we were asked many times was “Texx – Why would you travel 1,200 miles to attend the Gull Lake Classic Boat Show when you will you be returning back to Bar Harbor three weeks later for the 2015 ACBS International?” A fair question with a simple answer.
The 7th Annual Gull Lake Classic Boat Show in late August is one of the premier classic boat shows in the nation and features one of the most diverse ranges of antique & classic boats you will ever see in one place.
Over the last seven years Host John Allen and his team at Bar Harbor have worked hard to put this annual event together, and the show “ticks all the boxes” in terms of what a premier boat show needs to be successful.
– Diversity of Classic Boats – Check
– Top Quality Venue – Check
– Top Quality Docks – Check
– Ramp Access to Gull Lake – Check
– Premium Restaurant & Local Accommodations – Check
– Event Organization & Service – Check
– Happy Participants – Check
– Happy Spectators – Check
Classic boat owners & collectors from Minnesota and western Wisconsin (and surrounding states) support this event which showcases some absolutely stunning boats in a relaxed atmosphere.
The quality of the boats on hand each year is always impressive, and the passion that the owners have is second to none – regardless of the marque, size, age or power. One great example this year is Eric Sandin’s wonderful 1954 12-foot Penn Yan Swift, powered by a perfectly prepared 1954 Johnson 25 HP outboard.
Local collector Lee Anderson brings out a number of his boats for the Gull Lake show from his museum in nearby Nisswa, MN. The Anderson Classic Boats Museum is hosting the popular Scholarship Auction during the ACBS International event in September.
Also from the Anderson Classic Boats Museum is “Rebel” a 1925 Hacker 33′ Custom Runabout. Although it’s fun to shoot “Rebel” from the transom, it’s always important to appreciate the length and scale of the big 33-foot runabout, as shown in the second shot from Gull Lake on Saturday.
Every year at Gull Lake we are introduced to another unusual classic boat, this rare 1957 Lone Star aluminum boat stood out in the crowd of boats on Saturday.
Dane Anderson first discovered “VaVay” earlier this year at the Moonlite Bay show in Minnesota. It was great to have the opportunity to see the rare 1964 Chris-Craft 22-foot Cavalier center-consul boat at the Gull Lake show and also to meet her owner Charlie Brown.
“Sea Wolf” – Also from the Anderson Classic Boats Museum is a fantastic 1927 33-foot Baby Gar, one of seven known to exist today. This Baby Gar was delivered to J.F. Eberle of Penn Yan, New York in 1927 and is powered by a Liberty V-12 aero engine. Of the seven Baby Gars known to exist, five live in the Nisswa / Gull Lake area – an impressive fact.
From the John Allen collection, “Pocahontas” is a stunning 1955 Greavette 26-foot Streamliner.
On Saturday afternoon we had some fun with Andy Anderson as he waited for his ride at the launch ramp on board “IMP” a historic Gold Cup race boat.
We were planning to do live story from the boat show on Saturday afternoon, but ran into some Internet / WiFi issues and were not able to get the story published on time. We had a request from some viewers for more photos / information on the rare Belle Isle Bear Cat that was at the show. That particular boat is “Horace” a 1925 Belle Isle 30-foot Super Bear Cat model powered by a Hall-Scott Semi-Supercharged LM-6 engine. Here are a few shots (as requested) including a shot of the sign board.
Our friend and fellow Woody Boater Bruce Olson – Executive Director of the amazing Minnesota Lakes Maritime Museum in Alexandria, MN on board “San Souci” a rare 1940 Chris-Craft 23-foot triple cockpit barrelback owned by Carl Mammel.
The Minnesota Lakes Maritime Museum is also hosting a tour during the 2015 Woods & Water / ACBS International pre-events in September. For more information you can check out the 2015 Woods & Water website by Clicking Here.
The 2015 Gull Lake Classic was a fabulous event last weekend. I have never seen so many people on a boat show dock at once as I did this weekend in Bar Harbor. And it was packed all day.
Special thanks to John Allen and his team, we look forward to returning for the Woods & Water & ACBS International in three weeks at Bar Harbor.
Also special thanks to Dave Bortner at Freedom Boat Service who loaned us his 1961 Carver lapstrake for the show. It was a perfect shoot boat.
Dane Anderson was my right-hand man all weekend and also sent me a series of great photos from the Gull Lake show which we will feature this week.