A huge thanks to Dane Anderson for sending us in a great report and link farm from the Land-O-Lakes which this time of year is relegated to the Land-O-Indoor Boat Shows. Just a reminder to all of us that you can sniff the varnish all year around no matter what the temperature is.
Last weekend was the annual winter Minneapolis Boat Show. The Land O Lakes Classic Boat club was in their customary spot in the front lobby with 10 classic boats on display and lots of volunteers to answer questions and promote all aspects of the Hobby.
According to the NMMA, this event draws 38,000 attendees over the four day run of the show and is responsible for half of the annual 860 million in new boat sales in Minnesota.
The Land O lakes group invites several related organizations to help round out the display space. This year the Legacy of the Lakes Museum brought Dixie Baby, a 1921 Ventnor race boat on loan from the Antique Boat Museum to the show along with promotional material to hand out for both museums.
The Gopher Chapter of the Antique Outboard Motor Club was there with several motors on display and representatives to answers questions.
The Museum of Lake Minnetonka brought their traveling display for the steam powered streetcar boat Minnehaha including a detailed scale model of the 70 foot boat. You can see more here.
Urban Boatbuilders displayed a completed kayak. Their non profit mission to help youth prepare themselves for success in the modern world has been going on for over 20 years and continues to expand.
Two Woody Boater sponsors were at the show. Kevin Fitzke had Bug Bite in the Classic Boat display and also a booth on the main show floor.
Of course, Dave Bortner from Freedom Boat Service was there showcasing the latest fashion trend of red corduroy trousers and a nice 18′ Cobra.
A huge thanks to the Land O Lakes chapter for doing what they do best. And Dane for capturing it and reporting it to the Woody Boater authorities. And best yet, with no captions. Just the way I like it.