After receiving a few fresh coats of varnish by Freedom Boat Service, Dave Bortner was on hand with “Ondine” – Kermit & Jenny Sutton’s beautiful 1926 30′ Belle Isle Super Bear Cat.
Groundhog Day began on Sunday with Punxsutawney Phil emerging from his burrow in Pennsylvania and predicting six more weeks of winter, much to the chagrin of those hoping for an early spring – but classic boaters are a tough bunch and don’t let winter get in the way of promoting the hobby.
Despite the frigid temperatures and less than perfect road conditions in Minnesota, the hard working, dedicated people from the Bob Speltz Land-o-Lake Chapter ACBS were in high gear this weekend at the 2014 Minneapolis Boat Show. This year we received two reports from the floor of the Minneapolis Boat Show, the first was a Live-ish report on Saturday from fellow Woody Boater Eric Sandin and then a follow-up report from Dane Anderson on Sunday, with a mostly aerial view of the classics at the show. – Texx
The elegant Super Bear Cat is powered by a spectacular 1929 Hispano-Suiza V-12 Nbr. The big V-12 develops 650 HP / 2,000 ft. pounds of torque @ 2,000 RPM.
As floor space is at a premium for many of the winter boat shows, some ACBS Chapters are having to deal with smaller areas for their classic boat displays, which was the case at the Minneapolis Convention Center this year. But the Bob Speltz Land-O-Lakes Chapter presented a nice variety of boats, reporting good spectator traffic throughout the weekend.
Worth the price of admission just to see this immaculate boat in person, and great to have Dave Bortner there to answer questions from the cockpit.
Shipwreck Boat Works from Princeton, MN & Dresser, WI specializes fiberglass boat repair and restoration. Their display this year included a great looking 1958 Fall Flyer – flying high in their booth!
The ’58 Falls Flyer looked great inside as well, with the period Attwater components. Scott McInnes from Shipwreck Boat Works knows his way around a fiberglass classic and is a highly skilled fiberglass guy.
And we all know you can’t have a good boat show in Minnesota without including a classic wooden outboard. Conner and Peter Slocum’s great looking 14′ Peterborough was featured with the Bob Speltz Land-O-Lakes Chapter ACBS display.
From above, adjacent to “Ondine” – Dane captured a nice shot of “Persistence” Bob Buttery’s award winning 1958 Century Resorter 19′ powered by a Graymarine 225 V8.
Restorer Del Van Emmerik from Maple Grove, Minnesota specializes in unique, early fiberglass boats, and brought his perfectly restored (and unusual) 1966 7ft Cir Craft to the show this year. The little outboard stops everyone in their tracks.
“Jenny C” a rare 1932 Dodge 25.5′ Triple Cockpit Runabout was recently restored by David Watts at Little Rock Boatworks in Rice, Minnesota.
Powered by a Lycoming 165 HP / 420 CID straight 8, the 25.5′ Dodge runabout (Hull #109) was originally sold to a family located on Lake Sunappe, New Hampshire. She is now owned by Russell Hagen from Minneapolis, MN.
And last-but-not-least, the always popular StanCraft Edition Beninngton Pontoon Boat was also on display at this year’s show.
Another shot of the neo-classic StanCraft Edition Beninngton Pontoon Boat. I think we should test drive one of these next summer – preferably in the late afternoon / early evening, just before sunset… – Texx
Special thanks to both Eric Sandin and Dane Anderson for taking the time to send us a report from the Minneapolis Boat Show, we appreciate the effort. Also congratulations to the hard working folks from the Bob Speltz Land-O-Lakes Chapter on another successful winter boat show!