Lapkin Live-Ish – “To Know a Place: Immerse Yourself”


Steve has fused himself into Mahogany! — Oh, Matt here, I get to make up the captions.

Steve Lapkin Reports in from Gull Lake GAAAAADZOOKS!

Traveling is a passion, a way of living. It will help to find yourself, or it will help you to gain a better perspective of who you already are. You can never travel too far. And once you initiate the saga and begin to know a place, immerse yourself! I’ve commenced that process and here for you is day #2 at Gull Lake, Minnesota, in anticipation of the 2023 Gull Lake Classic Boat gathering at the Bar Harbor Supper Club, hosted by John Allen, and orchestrated by Dave Bortner.

The Bar harbor super club and some boat passing by

Over one-hundred mahogany masterpieces are invited and expected for public display. Discounting that any new experience will include the unexpected, the unanticipated, and unfathomable distractions, today commenced after coffee from the local roaster, Stonehouse Coffee, and this date announced itself with the charming face and youth-at-the-wheel of a Chris-Craft 18-foot Cobra.

You want Babes, they got Babes. BTW, best Babe shot EVER on Woody Boater.

Steve getting all Lapkin on us. Wait, it is Lapkin, getting Lapkin. RUN, there is a vortex in the universe! Note that little washer on the screw on the mast? Is that original.  Very very cool.

Steve sent this image, so I published it. Thats about all I can say. It represents the beautiful country side. Never mind the insane boats and amazing people. We get HEY!

Steve Smoking out back

When it came time, at the end of a long day, to put pen to paper and upload visual assets, there ensued a (typical?) internet constipation which decelerated the uploads. Hopefully this reaches you all, eventually, on time. Below are some lower resolution images of Ft Mahogany as teasers

Ft Mahogany! Amazing, simply amazing.

Good god!


Even the ceiling is insane. Oh, and some boats

Speaks for itsself.

Lapkin special. This will be an insane Sausage shot


LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the 25K detail.

OH!, More Chiefs.

You will also see more inner workings at Fort Mahogany as the various vessels are brought back to life after long winters and several years of inactivity. We did on-the water photo shoots which also show various locales on Gull Lake and backdrops including Bar Harbor Supper Club. Enjoy, please, and stand by for more ‘surprises’ as we approach the opening celebrations planned at Bar Harbor by Friday. and A one-off racing launch with one-of-a-kind auto racetrack power, a Purdy dynamo, named Wyndcrest as narrated by owner, John Allen. I also witnessed the re-splash of John’s prized 18- foot Chris-Craft Cobra which was recently featured in an issue of the Chris-Craft Antique Boat Club’s Brass Bell.SL

That is some kinda Chicken On A Stick! Holy cow


Note the screws. The perfection of perfection. STAY TUNED. STEVE LAPKIN is on a roll… OF HEY!

See! I can use this image over and over!

You can see more of Steves Work HERE at his website, and in the Chris Craft Antique Boat Clubs Brass Bell

10 replies
  1. Greg Lewandowski
    Greg Lewandowski says:

    Thank you my friend, Steve Lapkin, for the great images of that wonderful place. Fort Mahogany and it’s contents look amazing. Some of the Michigan gang are in early planning stages of a trip there for the 2024 show. We want to run those waters and see all of that first hand.
    Anxiously awaiting the other chapters from Steve yet to come. And Matt, I agree that is some fine looking HEY!

  2. Steven A Lapkin
    Steven A Lapkin says:

    ……….in addition to hay, hey,……………… Sweden (Ander’s homeland) – If you’d like to say “hello” in Swedish you can start with “Hej.” – pronounced ‘hay’ or ‘hey’……..d’day MS and WB friends – and thank you!

    today will again be with John Allen, I doubt I will be looking at hay bales………………………SL. We shall see – much more follows before weeks’ end.

  3. Mark in Ohio (sometimes da U P)
    Mark in Ohio (sometimes da U P) says:

    Great story, great pictures Steve. Gull Lake is also on my bucket list.Keep em coming.

  4. Floyd r turbo
    Floyd r turbo says:

    Looking forward to a role in the…hey, nice pictures Steve. You are one lucky son of a…biscuit. Hey, isn’t there a boat named Sea Biscuit? There should be. Enough of the “Matt” stream of consciousness, he does it better. I’m just in awe of all this fabulous over the top mahogany. It’s like some kind of dreamworld. Love to be a fly on the wall or in the hay or…

  5. John Doyle
    John Doyle says:

    ‘Uff-Da’. That’s a Lake House and Boats!

    Now I know why the bow light is threaded and how to affix the bow flag. Thank you!!!!

  6. Waldo
    Waldo says:

    Looks like whoever made the license plate, probably made it at a prison shop and the person supervising the making couldn’t spell either. Probably was made in China like everything else.

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