A huge thanks to Reporter Dane Anderson for putting together this great report from Crosslake MN. I always love a great set of photos from Dane, and the entire Minnesota Gang! They sure know how to milk a summer up there. Take it away Dane!
Saturday was the 32nd Annual Whitefish Chain Antique and Classic Wood Boat Rendezvous. Once again our hosts were Bill Terry and Sally Egan from Moonlite Bay Family Restaurant and Bar located in Crosslake MN on the 14,000 acre Whitefish Chain of Lakes. With their army of boat show volunteers they know how to treat their guests starting at the launch ramp which is fully staffed to help participants get their boats safely launched and tow rigs parked for the day.
When you arrive at the show docks they have white glove wearing dock hands to guide you into your slip. These little touches make it easy to attend this show, especially if you don’t bring your own crew.
This show has always drawn a nice selection of impressive boats. The Whitefish Chain is home to some notable collections and close enough to the Minneapolis area and Gull Lake to draw some interesting boats every year. This year was no exception. The first boat to catch my eye at the docks was Charlie Underbrink’s 1929 Sea Lyon 30′ triple “Herschel”. Powered by a big Sterling 6.
With a nice large outdoor patio deck perched high above the show docks, it’s a great place to have lunch and a drink and watch the parade of boats cruising through the bay to check out the classic boats on display.
Looking down the docks I spotted the red tail fin of the latest of Del VanEmmerik’s cool, bizarre boats. This 1966 Space Craft looks like it is right out the Jetson’s.
Fresh out of the restoration shop of Dave Watts Little Rock Boatworks ( NO WEBSITE ) was this 1936 Greavette 23′ Runabout. Miss Muskoka is owned by Bob Shadduck. The hardware on this boat is impressive.
Here is a time capsule, award winning 1977 Kayot 24 Deluxe Commander. At the conclusion of this show the boats depart and then circle through the bay one at a time for a fly by. There is always a large crowd of spectators to watch and listen to the roar of the engines as the boats come through. The loudest applause, by a lot, was for this Pontoon.
Speaking of awards, here is my submission for a Woody Boater award. The crew in Scuffed Keel.
This 26′ Skiff Craft was entered by Coral and Reid Price. They named the boat after an experience they had sailing a charter in Lake Superior when they ran aground and scuffed the keel on the sailing boat. Laughing about their misfortune they discovered that everyone had a boating mishap story to tell and the Scuffed Keel Yacht Club was born. They had a vendors tent at the show selling clothing, hats and flags. And they have a website. “If you’re a member…You’ve already paid your dues”