John Allen Takes On A Last Chance Last Gasp On Gull Lake.


John Allen and Mowitza II from this past Summer on Gull Lake. File Photo – Dane Anderson

Thanks to fellow Woody Boaters John Allen and Brian Mark who gambled and left Mowitza II in and won the Jackpot with a 62 degree day up north in Minnesota.


File Photo – Dane Anderson

And he captured it all on a fun short video. Go stand in the fridge to watch it so you get the entire vibe. Let’s go!

Thanks John and Brian for sharing a perfect last gasp. And don’t forget, to make sure your Hagerty Insurance is up to date!

12 replies
  1. Texx
    Texx says:

    “MOWITZA II” is a beautiful 1928 Ditchburn 27′ Viking currently powered by a 454 Chevrolet big block. John has an original Sterling Petrol engine, which he hopes to reunite with the rare Ditchburn some day.

    Dane and I had the priveledge of joining John Allen for a cruise in this elegant wooden speedboat on Gull Lake a while back, it was a fantastic experience. – Texx

  2. Dane
    Dane says:

    Saturday was as nice as it gets in the Brainerd Lakes area. Glad to see that you got Mowitza out for a run.

  3. Rabbit
    Rabbit says:

    Matt, It’s “Gull Lake” not “Gill Lake”. Surely those glorious days you spent at Woods & Water last year must have left an indelible mark.

  4. Antique Boat Museum
    Antique Boat Museum says:

    We were just scanning archival photographs last week and Mowitza II was in one them. This shot is from the parade at the 1982 Antique Boat Show in Clayton, NY.

    • Gary
      Gary says:

      I believe Mowitza II was driven across Lake Ontario for this show. She was powered with a Kermsth Sea Wolf at the time.

  5. Bruce Cleland
    Bruce Cleland says:

    Yes, Mowitza II was run across Lake Ontario from Toronto. She was owned by my brother Bill Cleland at the time and if I recall correctly, had just been restored.
    We cruised in and around the Toronto Islands while he had the boat in Toronto. Most people we encountered had never seen a boat like that! She lived on Lake Muskoka most of the time.

  6. Bruce
    Bruce says:

    Ah Ha. Looks like this is one of those Can-Am things like soda vs pop or grill vs BBQ.
    The Original Ditchburn catalogue listed “8 braided rope fenders” as part of the list of standard equipment provided with each Viking.

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