WELL, IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN – when most waterways are bit too cold for any serious classic boating adventures, and many enthusiasts are starting to get excited about visiting Florida in March for the annual Sunnyland boat show.
And those hardy folks from Minnesota and the Bob Speltz Land-O-Lakes (BSLOL) Chapter have finally had a chance to catch their breath after the very successful Woods and Water show in September – just in time to do another boat show, this time indoors.
Last weekend the antique & classic boating hobby was well represented at the 2016 Minnesota Winter Boat Show, held at the 400,000 square foot Minneapolis Convention Center.
Steve Shoop (BSLOL Past President) chaired the winter boat show committee. He figures (of the 100,000 plus show attendees) there was some level of engagement with about 1000 people per day at the BSLOL display. The show ran for four days from Thursday afternoon through Sunday evening – and 4 to 6 BSLOL volunteers were on hand working the display during all show hours. Steve was also featured on two local TV news spots. So the coverage of the show was great.
Growth is at the forefront of the hobby these days. The key to successful recruiting is not only getting in front of the public, but taking advantage of those opportunities. An interesting, diverse display of classic boats at a major boat show that attracts more than 100,000 people, and enough volunteers that every visitor has someone to talk to is essential for success. The hobby has to go beyond the hobby to attract fresh new membership.
Minnesota correspondent Dane Anderson stopped by the show a few times to snap a few photos for us, and Jim Arneson stitched together the impressive aerial shots for the header and cover photo today. – Texx
Any time there’s a classic boat show or event in Minnesota, you are sure to find our friend and Woody Boater sponsor Dave Bortner from Freedom Boat Service. Dave had his own display this year and also provided some boats for the BSLOL display.
And it Looks like Dave has ventured into the classic ladder business offering some Limited Edition 1952 EEZ-IN Boarding Ladders for sale. As the photo below shows, they look perfect for when you are trying to climb back in to your Hacker triple after stopping in the middle of the lake for a dip…
Special thanks to Dane Anderson and Jim Arneson for sharing these photos with us today, and congratulations to the volunteers and organizers from the Bob Speltz Land-O-Lakes Chapter on another successful event.