Another huge thanks to Rabbit for sending in this report from Lake Minnetonka. I love these smaller shows that are the true heartbeat of our passion. EXCEPT, No one seems to actually be looking at the boats? mmmm? Take it way Mr Rabbit
The Real Runabouts show at Lake Minnetonka
How many ACBS chapters put on not one, but two major shows every year? At The Land-O-Lakes Classic Boat Club ( officially known as BSLOL in honor of our late founder and icon Bob Speltz ) we’re over achievers. You’ve already seen the report from the big
Gull Lake show at Bar Harbor, which is a can’t miss show with all the big guns. But BSLOL follows it up two weeks later with the Real Runabouts at Lord Fletcher’s on Lake
Minnetonka. This year the show was the same weekend as International in Vermont, so not only were some of the club’s most notable boats and many members there, but so were our judges, like the legendary Dan Nelson. But that didn’t stop the fun. Unfortunately, Friday’s traditional cruise of Lake Minnetonka was cancelled due to rain, but Saturday was spectacular. These September weekends might just be the best in the Upper Midwest.
Lake Minnetonka is one of our country’s premier woody boating lakes, so it’s not surprising that the docks were filled with spectators all day long. There was a great diversity of boats, from small outboards to Rivas, like Mark Setterholm’s perfect Riva Tritone “Bella Donna.” Minnesota built boats like Larson’s were well-represented, as well as classic glass.
With so many judges in Vermont for International, the judging categories were slimmed down and all went to contemporary builds:
People’s Choice was presented to “Gatsby”,, owner Robert Alton, a 2021 28-foot Stancraft, powered by Viper V-10 500 horsepower engine. Home Port Wayzata, MN.
(Side note: My own boat, a Gar Wood Ensign named “Rabbit” (just like me), didn’t make the trip from Balsam Lake, Wisconsin after my trailer was crushed by a falling oak. But at least I didn’t have COVID, Matt.)