Woods and Water

A Perfect day at the Bar Harbor Supper Club docks! – Aerial photo Texx

Saturday at the huge 2015 Woods And Water Event on Gull Lake was a massive hit. Without a doubt the top show we have ever been at. We all agreed, that this event had all the elements of what could be part of the future of events.

Saturday 100

A Record turn out, plus double last years fund raising. The future is here!


Twin 1961 Chris Craft Continentals.

Some amazing boats, young attractive people, and most of all, fun!

Saturday 21

Hip cool attractive people love Woody Boats

Saturday 40

So do really, really old dead people.

Saturday 4

Even dogs!


Saturday -1

We have officially renamed Jimmy to James since he is the best driver hands down! Forward James, Don’t hit the dock James. Chase that boat would you James.

Saturday 9

We missed nothing, James at the wheel, while setting up a shot

The Woods And Water gang just flat out have blown away everyone. Yesterday alone we shot over 4,000 photos on three cameras shooting all day. We were everywhere one could be to make it happen, in yards across from the event, on the trusty Freedom Boat Service 1993 150 hr Century, with a whopping 350 that could chase down any boat.

Big guns

The three big guns talking about the possible use of a Submarine. Dave Bortner of Freedom Boat Service, host John Allen of The Bar Harbor Super Club, and Dane Anderson from Woody Boater Photographer and Minnesota reporter,  actuality taking it seriously! Really, we have rigged up a go pro on a torpedo! Really!

Chopper shot

Headed out for a shoot! James at the Helm, and Dane Shooting – Texx Helicopter shot


Tex shooting away

We also were given the keys to Lee Anderson’s amazing helicopter and took full advantage of the amazingly generous offer. Texx was up in the air firing away while Dane and I were searching the water ways for unsuspecting mahogany to show up.

saturday 2

Headed home

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“Will-O” 1927 22′ Chris Craft Cadet, headed out on Gull Lake. Brought to the show as a tribute to Bill Robertson, still owned by the Robinson Family!

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See you tomorrow on Woody Boater!

As you might expect, we will be bringing you all some amazing exclusive photos from Woods And Water through out the week. So stay tuned. In the mean time, we hope you enjoyed the  small appetizer of megapixels.

tow home

And of course it aint over until someone gets towed home. 1948 26′ Nezzie F.S. Crate Custom Triple had some carb issues. Why risk it!

Helicopter Pilot

Special thanks to Nicholas – API Group Chief Helicopter Pilot for providing Wayne Davis and I with many outstanding vantage points to shoot from on Saturday. His talent and experience in the helicopter made for a very enjoyable and memorable experience. – Texx

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26 Responses to “Woods Water, And Air Provide A Bounty Of Photo Opportunities.”
  1. Greg Lewandowski

    Congrats to Dave Bortner, John Allen and their team for a job well done. You guys did a great job of covering this fabulous show. With the chopper and “James” at the helm you guys are really dangerous!

  2. Wilson

    You’ve made it fun and exciting for those of us unable to attend. I look forward to seeing more in the coming week.

  3. m-fine

    I see a lot of blue skies! So while Texx was getting a ride in the chopper, should we assume Matt got a ride in the private jet…to somewhere…anywhere…very far away?

    • Sunday Funday

      Thanks for the great coverage of this awesome show.
      I was at the show on Friday, and a WoodyBoater rookie, I was completely overwelmed with all the eye candy. As I was trying to take pictures with my cell phone, it helped knowing that WoodyBoater would have all the good shots that I couldn’t get.
      I did have to laugh at myself as I was standing there looking at Evangeline for 5 minutes early on Friday morning at show setup thinking that “this is a nice boat”. It wasn’t until they got out the storyboards that I realized that this “nice boat” was Evangeline.
      Yup, I’m a rookie!

  4. Rdaley

    We have been here all week
    It has been a wonderful experience
    Dave Botner and his team off over a 100 volunteers have done
    A bang up job, I did not witness one hiccup.
    Lee Andersons museum combined with John Allens freshly openened facility and the docks at Bar Harbour make this a boat show site that will be hard to top

  5. Jeff Funk

    The Woods & Water/ACBS Annual Show was indeed one of the best ever. Perfect weather, and I can’t recall seeing so many people walking the dock. Best of all was the soup-nuts variety of boats on display. Thanks much Matt for the great coverage as always.

  6. Rabbit

    Hats off to Dave Bortner and Steve Shoop as well as the huge support from John Allen and Lee Anderson. Two words can describe it: “Best ever.”

  7. Mike K

    Sorry i missed this one! nice job to all that had a hand in it!

    question, what happened to add a photo? i was going to add one from geneva lake of great prerestoric but no option?


  8. Pete DeVito

    Matt, Texx and all the crew.. Thanks for a great week at The Woods and Water show. The shots are fantastic!

    • John Baas

      Hey Pete, that prehistoric wouldn’t be a CC Silver Arrow, would it? I showed up moments after the young man purchased it. You couldn’t get the smile off his face with a crowbar!

        • Mike K

          i just saw that silver arrow, definately a trophy contender, i was talking about the chris craft with the blue hull, its floating, i think you get more points for that!

          what did the silver arrow sell for

  9. Matt

    The picture function is back. We are using this test pattern to check color. Test test

    • Texx

      The good part is John that we have quite a few days of great content and photos from the show that we will be featuring this week. – Texx

  10. NorthCountry

    Great job covering the event guys. I bet you had a blast out on the water all week. And thanks again for the tow over to the ramp yesterday afternoon. Matt, anytime you want to reminisce about Rowayton, feel free to stop on by.

  11. Angelo

    Appreciate the great photos…. but man, the noise from that helicopter sure started getting on my nerves after awhile.

    • Angelo

      Maybe next time use one of those drones with camera mounts… definitely not ear splitting noisy, and most definitely less expensive than running a helicopter… and maybe just as much fun?

      I couldn’t even hear a boat motor running the next dock over from where I was standing until the helicopter finally flew away.after hovering overhead for what seemed like an hour.

  12. Dave Bortner

    Co-chair Steve Shoop and I appreciate the kind comments and want to take this opportunity to thank those without whom none of it would have been possible.

    First off, John and Becky Allen, and Lee and Penny Anderson for their help, guidance, support, generosity, enthusiasm, and creativity.

    Second, the commitment of our committee members: Michael Holland, Rob Haberkorn, Ted Rogers, Bill Butler, Dane Anderson, Ian Sandercock, Eric Sandin, Susan Tenney, Stu Holmer, Dave Huntley, Sandi Trocinske, Melissa Holland, and Nancy Rigelhof.

    Third, our sponsors: Nor-Son Construction, Bar Harbor Supper Club, Korta Katerina Winery, Industrial Equities, LLP, RM Sotheby’s, Artful Living Magazine, Boathouse Classic Trailers, Faribault Woolen Mills, Niccum Docks, Jumper Cable Marketing, RBC Tile and Stone, Brian Jensen, Feltl and Company, Freedom Boat Service, and, of course, Woody Boater!

    Fourth, special thanks to:
    – the culinary rock stars at Bar Harbor Supper Club
    – our marketing team: John Karlson, Bruce Bildsten, and Mark Setterholm
    -our pals at the Minnesota Lakes Maritime Museum in Alexandria, MN for a great event on Thursday.
    -Moonlite Bay Restaurant and C&C Boatworks for their help and hospitality during our Whitefish pre-events

    Fifth, our numerous volunteers (wearing red vests) who consistently performed in a helpful, courteous fashion.

    And last, but not least, all the attendees! We thank you for bringing, and representing, your great boats and for your participation in our show and events. We’re honored that you invested the time and energy to join us so there could be a show!