Late last night roving reporter / and ace photographer Dane Anderson sent us some farm fresh photos and a short report from the 26th Annual Whitefish Chain Antique and Classic Boat Rendezvous in Moonlite Bay, Minnesota – proving once again that the Minnesota region of the country has some fabulous classic boats if you just know where to look. (and don’t forget you can click on the photos to enlarge them – Texx)
Dane noted in his e-mail – “I think we had one too many Canadian boats at Moonlite Bay this year. It dropped to 47 degrees last night and stayed in the 50s most of the day today – cloudy and a few rain drops too. But everyone made the most of the weather and had a great time anyway. There were quite a few “new” boats at the show this year including 4 – 19′ Chris-Craft Barrelbacks, all gorgeous.
The real treat was the two Ditchburns that were at this years show. Charlie Underbrink brought his beautiful Kermath powered 1929 30 footer…
… And John Allen had his 1927 27′ Ditchburn Viking “Mowitza II” c/w with a stepped hull. The story at the dock was that these two boats were finished at the same time to prove that the stepped hull Viking was faster than the 30 footer, which it was and now 80 plus years later, they show up at the same boat show up in the woods in Minnesota. A great story.
Not exactly sure what this is or what it has for power, but it sure looks great – and fast. We will find out more on this one.
The one thing that always seems to remain constant in the hobby is the popularity and collectability of the pre-war Chris-Craft barrel stern models, and it’s great to see them come out for the local boat shows around the country. Looking through Dane’s photos today, it makes me think about how cool it would be to some day feature these rare barrel stern boats as the marque boat for a boat show. But that’s for another day…
Special thanks to Dane Anderson for sharing his great photos and comments from the 26th Annual Whitefish Chain Antique and Classic Boat Rendezvous today. And also to the sponsors, organizers and volunteers that make this great show possible.