THE GULL LAKE CLASSIC at BAR HARBOR SUPPER CLUB – Part 2
WELCOME TO PART 2 OF THE ANNUAL GULL LAKE CLASSIC at BAR HARBOR SUPPER CLUB show in Minnesota, presented by the Land O’Lakes Classic Boat Club.
Today’s show report, with photos by fellow Woody Boater Dane Anderson, starts off with a BANG with some action shots of “Baby Horace III” a one-of-a-kind 1923 24′ Sweepstakes Racer from the Lee & Penny Anderson Collection.
Meet Steve Lively (at the helm), an extremely talented man who is responsible for keeping the massive Lee Anderson boat collection running and operating smoothly. Dane & I met Steve at Lee Anderson’s Nisswa, MN home a few years back. We went down to the docks where at least 8 antique wooden boats were located, all with vintage engines. Steve fired each one up as we walked down the dock and they all ran perfectly. Simply amazing.
Meet Kathy Muller (in the co-pilot seat), from Muller Boatworks Inc in Sunapee, New Hampshire where she works with her husband Bo Muller to produce some of the best wooden boat restorations in the country – including some recent restorations for boat show host John Allen.
Steve offered to take Kathy for a low level Fly-By in “Baby Horace III” and Dane was able to capture the fun.
I have been fortunate to go on a few Fly-By runs with Steve Lively over the years and they were always great fun, as Steve knows these old boats well.
There were three 1930 30′ Hackercraft triples at the show this year, which all live in the Gull Lake area. Here are two of the big 30/30 Hackers.
And last but certainly not least is one of the most popular antique wooden boats on the boat show circuit this year, “Miss Algonac” a super rare 1922 26′ Rear-Drive Runabout built by Chris-Smith & Sons Boat Company in Algonac, Michigan.
This stunning boat is owned by John & Rebecca Allen and the extensive restoration was recently completed by Kathy & Bo Muller at Muller Boatworks in New Hampshire.
During the restoration, Kathy Muller did some extensive research on “Miss Algonac” and the almost 100 year old Chris Smith connection to the boat. Kathy prepared some documentation in a flyer to share with spectators outlining her research, and Dane Anderson scanned a copy of the information for our viewers to enjoy today. This boat has quite a history.
If you have any questions regarding “Miss Algonac” please post them in the comment section and Kathy will do her best to respond.
As the Mahogany & Chrome Video Production Crew (above) heads out on Gull Lake to capture the show boats, that’s a wrap for our report from the Gull Lake Classic at Bar Harbor Supper Club.
Once again we would like to take an opportunity to thank the Allen family and the staff at the Bar Harbor Supper Club for their hard work and energy, the Land O’Lakes Classic Boat Club, and Dave Bortner from Freedom Boat Service for bringing it all together. – Texx
Here is a list of sponsors for this years show, please support the sponsors who support the hobby. Bar Harbor Supper Club, Nor-Son Custom Builders, Freedom Boat Service, Hagerty Marine Insurance, Zorbaz, Midwest Boat Appeal, Nisswa Marine & Rudder USA. We appreciate their investment in, and support of, our efforts and look forward to seeing you there!
John Allen and Lee Anderson have done so much for the preservation of wooden boats ; but more importantly they drive and share their passion to inspire new people to purchase and restore the dreams of yesterday; Thank you to both
Wow, what a finale!
I have to get to Gull Lake for one of these fantastic events. Thank you Texx, Dane and all involved for the great report.
Kathy’s story about Miss Algonac is one of the best I have ever read, and lastly, how can I get to know Steve Lively?
Awesome! Kathy Muller should be known as the “Wizard “ of varnish. Her work is amazing.
Hard to put into words just how incredible John and Lee’s collections are and to see a dozen or so that each brought, parked on the docks at Bar Harbor is truly spectacular.
Dane your pictures are fantastic as always.
See ya next year. Thanks again.
“Baby Horace III” ? Was expecting a boat named “DIM II”
Just incredible boats and venue. and so happy to see PEOPLE and BOATS..
Escaped the wrath of Ida here in Fredericksburg VA and my place down on the Patuxent River in MD, My prayers go out to those not so lucky….
Thank you for another great story, I love hearing the history on the early boats.
Matt, thanks for two days of bringing together some great inspirational people, Lee, John, Dave, Kathy, Dane, of course Texx, and others who all helped to present the best of the best. Their passion shows great efforts to support our hobby.
Special shoutout to Alan and Barb Lindquist, shown with their beautiful Sportsman. Al is the President of the Land-o-Lakes chapter and Barb is the treasurer. They’ve been so generous with their time to the BSLOL ACBS over the years. And while Dave Bortner, John Allen and Lee Anderson are the driving forces behind this show, they couldn’t do it without a great club contributing.
Also, Barb is well qualified to take the helm of that Sportsman. She’s a retired Northwest Airlines 747 pilot, one of the first women pilots to fly that amazing, massive aircraft. And Al is a retired air traffic controller. As you might imagine, they have some interesting banter with each other.
Hats off to John Allen, Lee Andersen and thier families for sharing their boat and also car collections at Fort Mahogany and the Andersen museum over the years. Although I didn’t make it this year it has always been a highlight to my families summer.
Brad Ernst and family
Hey Texx you got that five bucks you owe me?
Hey Tommy – Nice to hear from you.
I sent that five bucks special delivery by THOROUGHBRED EXPRESS COURIER years ago. When they picked it up they said the horse was tired but should make it to Michigan eventually.
Sorry Horace, No negative / disrespectful comments on my stories. Save those for another day. – Texx
Texx I had to work today so have only just settled in to absorb this wonderful report. These old boats truly are wonderful. The finish on them and the engineering standard is simply the best of the best. Very much enjoyed the background reading on Miss Algonac. Interesting. It’s great to have you back.
you forgot the outboards, fiberglass, and aluminum watercraft