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Dave Bortner – Sans loud pants, offered free sniffs! NOT KIDDING!

Once again, we are blessed with a wonderful live-ish report from an indoor boat show, and this is one of the best ones in the country, although I will say that the Mid Ohio show was a whopper…with cheese, so its fun to see how our little universe can add some class and wow factor to the boating community. A huge salute to the folks that weather the bad weather and take the time and energy to show up with their boats.. And a huge shout out to  Bruce Bildsten AKA Rabbit, and Dane Anderson for sending in this report and photos! Here goes  from Bruce and Dane!

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Nice set up!

The Minneapolis Boat Show was held January 19th through 22nd, and once again the Bob Speltz Land-O-Lakes chapter of the BSLOL had a strong showing. The show is one of the largest in the country, in a state with the largest per capita boat ownership. (Interesting fact: Almost half of Minnesota’s new boat sales made or at least initiated at the show. That’s January in Minnesota. Think we aren’t dreaming of summer?)

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1955 Aristocraft Torpedo with 1957 Johnson 35hp. Owned by Vern and Cindy Awes.

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LOVE THAT GRILL!

A key feature of the show, the BSLOL has a prominent location and heavy traffic. While the main show was dominated by ever more expensive and elaborate pontoons (twin 300’s anyone?) BSLOL volunteers focused on educating attendees about the relative affordability of vintage boating and the strong support network from fellow ACBS members. Since affordability has been the theme at Woody Boater over the last two weeks, its only fitting that the BSLOL featured not one, but two, beautiful vintage Aristocrafts, a boat that can still be purchased new and custom for less than $15,000 with new outboard power.

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1957 Aristocraft Torpedo with 1957 Mercury 35hp. Owned by Bernie Van Osdale.

Photographer Dane Anderson noted that new “entry level” runabouts on the main show floor started at over $30,000, while some pontoons exceeded $200,000. And while the new Chris-Crafts are beautifully built and a proud representative of the name, that quality does not come on the cheap: The least expensive at the show was a 22-foot Launch that was listed at $92,000, while a 28-foot launch was $214,000. Ironically, at one point our “affordability” (thanks for designing, Matt) poster was in front of the Cobra, which required some ‘splaining to an onlooker who had no idea what a Cobra was.

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The hardest working poster in boat show biz!

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The Cobra

The BSLOL display presented a diverse collection of boats that reflected the diversity of the hobby, from the stunning Chris-Craft Cobra and time capsule Hackercraft Limousine to the Aristocrafts and another pair of unrestored Thompsons (naturally from Mr. Thompson, Andreas Rhude.)

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Very cool boat, don’t have owner or what it is, so read the comment section. Someone will chime in. Its very cool though

Sprinkled throughout the display was an impressive display of vintage outboards from Minnesota’s Antique Outboard Motor Club, including a completely original and very rare 1913 Evinrude, as well as a Chris-Craft Commander. As proof of glass’s class, the largest crowds at the display were often surrounding a recently (almost) completed pink and gloss black 1957 Herter’s Flying Fish by owner Don Knauff and classic glass wizard Del VanEmmerick. Like so many brands both the Herter’s (the “original Cabelas”) boat and Scott-Atwater outboard were made in Minnesota.

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1957 Herter’s Flying Fish powered by a 60-hp Scott-Atwater outboard. Owner, Don Knauff.

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DETAILS

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DETAILS

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DETAILS

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HELL YA! SMOKE’M IF YA GOT’M

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AM ONLY

Dave Bortner’s Freedom Boat Service was also represented with an impressive display featuring an incredibly rare 1948 Ventnor step hydroplane “Rocketeer” and a 1940 18’ Chris-Craft Sportsman. As you would expect from Mr. Bortner, both boats were finished to near perfection. And since Rocketeer had six coats of fresh varnish, Freedom was touting “free varnish smells”. (It appeared to be far more enticing than the chicken on a stick offered at a nearby stand, Matt.)

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1948 Ventnor step hydroplane “Rocketeer

Volunteers from the Steamship Minnehaha, which was raised from the bottom of Lake Minnetonka and now operates on the lake, and Urban Boatbuilders, a non-profit youth development program that builds boats with youth in the St.Paul/Minneapolis area, shared the display with BSLOL.

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1913 Evinrude Model 8. Owned by Ben Dittmar.

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Dane found fun ways to shoot boat show shots!

Once again, a big thanks to Woody Boater regular and BSLOL member Dane Anderson for his outstanding photography, as well as all of the BSLOL volunteers who were so welcoming and informative. And a very special thanks to all who brought their boats: It’s a big commitment, especially when Minnesota’s roads were a big, sloppy mess during our January thaw.

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Chris -Craft outboard done to perfection

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1930 30’ Hackercraft Town Car Limousine powered by a 678 cubic inch Kermath Sea Wolf. Owner, F. Todd Warner.

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1938 25’ Chris-Craft Custom, powered by a 877 cubic inch Scripps 208. Owner F. Todd Warner

 

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Thats the set up

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Cobra

 

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2012 Glen-L Gentry powered by a 1963 Chris Craft 283. Owners, Bonnie and Dean Wilson.

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1972 Glastron

(Notes about the new boats pictured, for comparison, in case you want to use one: The green bottomed 4 Winns was $38,367 “Show Special”. The blue and white Chaperral 19′ was $30,875. The 18′ Glastron GTS was $31,999. The 20′ Tahoe was $32,990, and the 20′ Bayliner was $33,990. These were all IO powered with about 200 hp engines.)

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13 Responses to “They Were Sniff’n Varnish At The Minneapolis Boat Show!”
  1. Jim Staib

    Just keeps getting better. That one is gonna be hard to top. Even a 10hp Commander. Just the winter break us Northerners need.

  2. Greg Lewandowski

    Wonderful display of the classic boat hobby. The Minnesota gang are really a class act. I agree that with Jim that it is going to be hard to beat!

  3. m-fine

    $32,000 for a new Glastron? I’ll sell you a soon to be classic 1980’s model for $2,000…with a trailer! Or how about an already classic 1977 Sea Ray for the same price?

  4. Andreas Jordahl Rhude

    always a great display put on by our non-profit, educational group. Tons of work tho. I was at the show Monday to deliver and unload two boats, Wednesday to get them finalized in the display, and working at the booth Thursday thru Sunday. I picked up my two Thompson boats at 04:15 on Monday to get them back home. Thanks to chapter pres Susan Tenney for all her dedicated work getting it all arranged.

  5. Rabbit

    Again, huge shout out to Susan Tenney, the volunteers and all who brought boats. It’s a massive undertaking. I had to travel over the weekend for work and could only volunteer one evening. I felt very guilty!

  6. WAYNESWORLD

    I AGREE 30K FOR AN 18-19FT BOAT IS A LOT HOWEVER
    BETTER FINANCING IS AVAILABLE WITH A FULL
    AND EXTENDED WARRANTY AVAILABLE , BUT
    WHEN YOU CONSIDER DEPRECIATION, IT DOES
    MAKE AN OLDER WOODY OR FIBERCLASSIC
    LOOK ATTRACTIVE DEPENDING ON WHAT IT NEEDS
    AND HOW MUCH ANNUAL MAINTENANCE ALSO

  7. Mark in Ohio (sometimes da U.P.)

    GREAT SHOW!!! Great coverage. Lots of good pics.

  8. David Doner

    What a great show put on by BSLOL! Minnesota is fortunate to be ble to kick off the year with this event. Once things warm up, we have no fewer than 8-10 in-the-water boat shows throughout the state we can participate in. Importantly, the public is also exposed to our hobby at these shows and this is where our new members will come……..they got bit by the wood boat bug!

  9. Dennis J Mykols

    WOW, these guys as well as the Cleveland group, sure have set the bar high this year !!! And that is just a great thing to see, because it draws in new blood to view the displays and get the bug. Heck seeing a couple of those ClassicGlass beauties, makes me start thinking of getting another project boat to take as a land display. Hope Ronnie does not read this…
    We are now seeing this year, a new trend of bigger display areas, diverse collection of boats/ outboards and very creative marketing displays, in a wide region of the Great Lakes. This will bode well to expose the general public to our hobby, and plant the seeds with younger generations to think “SOMEDAY…”
    A big “hats off” to all those who fight the weather, to bring your pride and joy to be on display.

  10. Troy in ANE

    Every year it seems like the BSLOL and Sunnyland chapters are always doing something great! Lots of active members I guess.

    Wonderful looking show, thanks for sharing!

  11. Bill Anderson

    I look forward to seeing Dons new pinky,He would surely take it to Tavares wouldn’t he??Might look good next to dels old rocket. Bill