Today has been declared as “No Dock Shot Monday” here at Woody Boater, so we thought we would try something different to give you a glimpse into the diversity of boats at this years show. Late afternoon light is not always the easiest for shooting photographs, but Dane found this great spot to shot from as many of the boats navigated under a small bridge towards the lake, kind of like the old Chris-Craft factory photos – from above.
The weather on Sunday was warm and sunny for the final day of the 2013 Gull Lake Classic Boat Show at Bar Harbor, MN – A perfect way end to a perfect weekend in Minnesota. After the awards were presented, many of the boats set off for a late afternoon cruise out on the lake and some boats made their way home by water.
For years I have been thinking about making a visit to Minnesota to experience first hand what so many people have told me about the area and it’s rich history of boating. Then after visiting the Warner Auction in Winstead, MN in the fall of 2010, the Minnesota Lakes Maritime Museum and the (then) Paul Mikkelson Museum on the way home after the auction, I was convinced that this area was special in so many ways – but required a visit during the summer months to fully appreciate what was here.
After spending five glorious days in Minnesota’s central lakes region, I can say with confidence that the diversity of the boats and knowledgeable people in the classic boating hobby here is second to none. And the passion for classic boating is evident wherever you go, and around every corner.
Boating is and has been a way of life for generations of Minnesotans since the early 1900’s as they traveled to the more than 10,000 lakes for sporting and recreation. Regional boat shows like the annual Gull Lake Classic reflect this history and diversity in spades.
From small wooden and fiberglass outboards to 33′ Gar Woods and everything in between, its all here to see and appreciate. On every level, regardless of what you are interested in, the knowledge of the people in the hobby is just as diverse as the boats. Ask a question and you are guaranteed to get an informative answer.
The people are proud of their history and are always willing to share it with you, and will go out of their way to make you feel welcome in Minnesota. Here are few more examples from the show.
A special Woody Boater “Thank You” to everyone who made this great show possible. We would also like to thank Lee Anderson, Steve Lively and John Allen for their kind hospitality while we were in Minnesota. We appreciate what you do for the hobby.
A big thanks to fellow Woody Boater Dane Anderson for being our tour guide the last few days, for sharing his great photos again today and for his hospitality and hard work this week. There were many long days and even longer nights preparing the series of Classic Minnesota stories. He managed to open some doors in Minnesota, allowing us to see some things that we would normally not have had the opportunity to see and experience.
Tomorrow we are off to Lake Minnetonka for a few days to do some more exploring – Classic Minnesota style.