As expected, the weather was perfect, the crowds were heavy and the boats were magnificent on Day 1 of the 2013 Gull Lake Classic Boat Show. For anyone who has never been to Gull Lake, Minnesota for the boat show, it is a “must see’ event if you like premium antique and classic boats – guaranteed to be something for everybody at the show. And the people are fantastic.
The docks at Bar Harbor can take what ever you throw at them in terms of spectator and boat traffic, the impressive restaurant, bar and facilities make this a perfect venue for the 2015 ACBS International Meetings and Show. And the organizers are already taking the necessary steps in terms of preparing the facility for the 2015 event.
One of the many highlights of the Gull Lake Show is the Saturday afternoon Classic Boat Parade along the shores of Gull Lake, but unfortunately the wind kicked up in the afternoon, so the organizers had no choice but to call off the parade.
However, a number of show participants decided to head out on the lake for an impromptu cruise just to take in the great weather and enjoy the day. Knowing that we were hoping to get out on the water to shoot some boats during the parade, our friend Dave Bortner from Freedom Boat Service invited us to join him and Michelle on board HORNET a V-12 Scripps powered 28′ Gar Wood Triple – a great classic boat for the choppy afternoon water on Gull Lake (easy for me to say as I was in one of the forward cockpits with Carla from Hagerty Marine Insurance staying dry).
Not quite so dry for photographer Dane and Ed (the ace engine guy at Freedom Boat Service) as we plow through the waves. As you can see, Ed was down wind… We had a blast out on the lake.
Although the big Gar Wood didn’t have a problem with the chop on Gull lake, we quickly realized that the adjacent canals and waterways which join the lakes were the prime spots for cruising.
Thanks to out tour guide Dane Anderson from sharing his photos with us this weekend, it’s a pleasure to work with Dane and absorb his vast knowledge of the Minnesota Lakes area – Classic Minnesota.