Bob Herrboldt and Mariann Montagne & crew arrive at the show on Friday in “Baby Cakes” proudly flying the Century pennant.
THE GULL LAKE CLASSIC BOAT SHOW IN MINNESOTA always brings out some of the finest and most unique classic boats in the country – and this year that trend continued in spades.
Fellow Woody Boater John Allen and his team at the Bar Harbor Supper Club work hard to present the world of classic boating to the public (without a gate charge), and the public always responds with their support for this great event. Not to mention that the Gull Lake region is home to some of the most significant antique & classic boat collections in North America.
A wonderful looking 1946 Century 15.5′ Seamaid – “Baby Cakes” is powered by a 75HP Greymarine.
But it’s not just the high end classics that brings the large crowds out every year. The Gull Lake event has a wide range of classic boats and that’s also what makes it so much fun to attend and/or participate. It’s the diversity of the show and the people that makes this event an annual success.
Minnesota correspondent Dane Anderson was on hand throughout the weekend, and shared some great photos for our story today. Also, you can click on the photos to enlarge them today too. – Texx
When is the last time you saw a 1963 Century Palvo 15′ with an IO? This great looking boat belongs to Ian Sandercock.
Our friend and fellow Woody Boater Steve Lively arrives at Bar Harbor on Friday at the controls of “TUSK” a rare 1930 30-foot Hackercraft from the Lee Anderson collection.
The 1930 30-foot Hackers are often simply referred to as a “30-30” and not many are around these days. Outstanding wooden runabouts in every way – the appearance, scale, elegance, performance & handling is superior. The way you fit in the cockpit, it makes you feel safe and comfortable at speed, in any kind of water. Then there’s the ride, like riding on a cloud. And the best part, three of these 30-30 Hackers currently reside on the Gull Lake chain. – Texx
Three proud members of the “30-30 Club” – Brian Mark, Lee Anderson and John Allen all had their 1930 30′ Hackers at the show this year. “TUSK” and “Rebecca Paige” both have Scripps V-12s, and Brian’s “Charismatic” has Sterling power.
So many spectators this year that you can’t see the boats from this vantage point. Gotta love those folks from Minnesota, they certainly love their classics.
“My Darling” U-16 is a stunning 1949 Hacker-Marcy 33-foot Gold Cup single-step racer powered by an Allison V12.
Sitting at the docks amongst the giants, Dane spotted this cool Crestliner outboard. A pure work boat with a custom windshield and a ton of patina. Great to see she is still working.
Bar Harbor is a great venue for a classic boat show, offering wide, comfortable docks, lots of viewing area and good (free of charge) access for the spectators. Big crowds are good for the hobby. You can’t promote if nobody is there to promote to. This show is focused on the public, it’s good for the show, good for the hobby and good for the hosting restaurant. – Dane
“HIAWATHA” – an outstanding 1931 28-foot Ditchburn powered by a Packard Straight 8.
A shot of the immaculate cockpit of “HIAWATHA” – just screams “Take me for a Boat Ride!” (And John Allen is always happy to accommodate… – Texx)
This delicious 1952 15′ Lyman outboard was presented by Mark Setterholm.
The Ernst family in the award winning “Sweetness Too” – a beautiful Chris-Craft 22-foot Sportsman.
Brad Ernst on board “Sweetness Too” talking about the virtues of having a “purse dog” in the family. – Dane
The legendary “Baby Bootlegger” was in attendance this year, from the Lee Anderson collection in nearby Nisswa, MN.
“Baby Bootlegger” is a Nevins built, Crouch designed race boat that won the APBA Gold Cup in 1924 and 1925, and the Dodge Memorial Trophy in 1925.
The single step race boat is powered by a 220HP Hispano Suiza V-8.
Classic Chris-Craft Holidays are becoming more and more popular in the hobby these days, because they offer lots of room, they are practical to own and operate, and can be restored for a reasonable cost. This 1955 20′ Holiday belongs to Mike Rocca.
The host of the Gull Lake Classic Boat Show John Allen arriving with “Wyndcrest”.
John is a great ambassador for the antique & classic boat hobby, and is very passionate about wooden boats and preserving them for future generations. – Texx
One of the stars at the show this year, “Wyndcrest” is a magnificent 1928 Purdy 24′ Gentleman’s Racer.
“Wyndcrest” is powered by a rare Miller model 310 straight 8 – a work of art for the period.
The elegant 1931 26′ Earl Barnes triple cockpit runabout “Johnny Barnes” won the Skipper’s Choice Award at Gull Lake this year.
“Johnny Barnes” is powered by a rare Scripps 6 cylinder Gold Cup engine – and it sounds fantastic!
That’s it for now, see everybody next summer.
Dane Anderson noted: Texx – The 2016 Gull Lake Classic Boat Show at Bar Harbor was once again a great show, and the weather cooperated. Always some new boats to see and learn about, and the crowds were outstanding. “Royaleze” (1928 36-foot Ditchburn) won the Peoples Choice award and “Baby Bootlegger” won Best of Show.
Congratulations to all the participants, boat owners and award winners. Everyone wins with well run events like this that are open to the public. Also special thanks to John Allen and his team at Bar Harbor for their hard work and ongoing commitment to this event.