Anderson Classic Boats Museum – Site Of The 2015 ACBS Scholarship Auction

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“Baby Skip-A-Long” – A rare 1924 26’ Gold Cup Nevins Racer powered by a 275 HP Packard 621 race engine – One of four known to exist today.

DURING OUR VISIT TO MINNESOTA THIS WEEK we stopped in to visit our friend Lee Anderson in Nisswa, MN. The Anderson Classic Boats Museum is simply amazing. We have had the privilege of visiting the private museum a number of times over the last few years, and can say that the only way to truly appreciate this facility is to experience it in person.

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The cockpit of “Baby Skip-A-Long”

However, if you are planning to attend the Woods and Water 2015 / ACBS International events September 20th to 26th, you will have an opportunity to see this magnificent private boat collection as part of this year’s 2015 ACBS Scholarship Auction, hosted by Lee and Penny Anderson, at their beautiful home and private boat museum.

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When we arrived at the museum on Thursday, we were greeting by Lee Anderson in his very cool Chrysler Town and Country convertible.

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It’s always a pleasure to spend time with Lee Anderson in his remarkable museum in Nisswa, MN.

From the Woods and Water 2015 registration:

Friday, September 25, 2015

Friday night brings a special treat; this year’s Scholarship Auction, hosted by Lee and Penny Anderson, at their beautiful home and private boat museum on the Gull Lake chain. Look forward to a “Taste of the Brainerd Lakes” with several noted area restaurants each showcasing a signature dish. The auction is designed to benefit the ACBS Scholarship Fund which awards boat building school scholarships directly to deserving students.

A past beneficiary of the Scholarship Fund will speak to the impact of the financial aid he/she has realized from ACBS. Auction item contributions from ACBS members and energetic bidding is essential in creating a successful auction night.

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“Tempo VI” G-13 – A Ventnor Boat Works 24′ Hydroplane powered by a massive Allison V-1710 12 cylinder aircraft engine.

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The main museum building displays a number of rare wooden boats, cars and vintage marine racing engines.

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At the museum docks “ROYALEZE” – A beautiful 1929 Ditchburn 36′ Launch powered by a 150 HP Kermath 8 cylinder engine.

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“Rebel” – An ultra rare 1925 33′ Hackercraft triple cockpit runabout.

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One of the many restored vintage marine race engines on display at the Anderson Museum is this stunning Ven Blerck straight six.

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And this vintage Peerless straight six marine engine.

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We also stopped in for a visit with Steve Lively at the Anderson Museum workshop down the street from the main museum site. It’s always fun to visit with our friend Steve and to see what he is currently working on. One of the many unrestored vintage race engines there was this rare V-24.

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Lee and Penny Anderson also have a number of vintage organs, like this Gavioli 110 Key Fairground Organ.

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The Anderson Classic Boats Museum is comprised of two buildings, the main museum and the magnificent boat house.

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The boat house is located on the shore of Nisswa Lake which uses a series of rail systems to launch the boats from the boat house, with huge electric actuated barn style doors.

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The immaculate grounds of the museum.

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Another shot of “Baby-Skip-Along” from inside the boat house building.

For more information on the Woods and Water 2015 / ACBS International Meetings and Boat Show you can visit the Woods and Water 2015 website by Clicking Here, or the Woods and Water Facebook page. You can also find the registration information for week long Pre-Events and ACBS International events on their website by Clicking Here. Registrations for both the pre-events and International Meetings and Boat Show are due August 1st – A late registration fee will be charged after August 1st.

You don’t want to miss this huge event hosted by the Bob Speltz Land -O-Lakes Chapter ACBS. – Texx

On Friday afternoon at Bay Lake we met up with long-time fellow Woody Boater Pete Mulheran and his beautiful 1955 Century Coronado. We have been trying to get together for the last few years to see this special wooden Century on Bay Lake, so it was exciting to finally do it yesterday. Stay tuned for a feature story on “Carnelian” in the next few weeks here on Woody Boater

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Pete Mulheran’s beautiful hemi powered 1955 Century Coronado “Carnelian”.

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“Carnelian” on Bay Lake, Minnesota.

Stay tuned for a feature story on “Carnelian” in the next few weeks here on Woody Boater.

Special thanks to Lee Anderson and Steve Lively for taking time out of their busy schedules to meet us at the Anderson Classic Boats Museum in Nisswa, MN. It’s always fun to visit this ever changing museum.


14 replies
  1. m-fine
    m-fine says:

    I hope the guys in Minnesota are working just as hard on the weather planning as they are the events. This is looking like an absolutely amazing week.

    The good news from here so far is that the intense thunderstorms are currently staying 10+ miles north of Hammondsport. Ofcourse I am currently 15 miles north and not getting much sleep.

  2. m-fine
    m-fine says:

    The Wine Country Classic Boat Club weather committee is cutting it close. The show is at the bottom of the Y.

  3. Greg Lewandowski
    Greg Lewandowski says:

    Wow. Texx, you really know how to take a vacation. Thanks again for the great story.

  4. Chris B
    Chris B says:

    looking forward to the event. Texx is going to need another hard drive to store all the photos form just this one vacation.

    • Texx
      Texx says:

      Yes my laptop is taking a beating from all the photos. But we love the “farm fresh” images for the website.

  5. m-fine
    m-fine says:

    The thunderstorms did make their way to Hammondsport briefly this morning but they moved on in time for the show. There was a lot of debris in the water so Tobler, the kids and I made our way by car. The show docks are poorly oriented for morning photography and the haze left over from the storm made for some challenging lighting conditions beyond my skill level, but we got enough material to submit for a WB story. Not quite Texx quality, but better than a zipper pull featurette.

  6. Sean
    Sean says:

    I’m so thankful that our hobby has people with both the passion and resources to accumulate such a collection (Mr. Anderson, Mr. Walker). Even better is that they share their passion with the rest of us not in that position…. I LOVED seeing ROYALEZE at the ACBS Toronto show in Muskoka and loved the boathouse tours too! I don’t know if I’ll ever get to Wisconsin…. but, I’d like to 🙂

    • floyd r turbo
      floyd r turbo says:

      Ahhh, the good life. I assume you mean Minnesoooota. Ya, you betcha where “boat” and “coat” are 2 syllable words. That reminds me, need to watch “Fargo” one more time when it comes up.

      • Sean
        Sean says:

        Sure, Minnesota, Arizona. Florida… wherever there are great wooden boats that don’t get a chance to come to Muskoka!

        If they don’t come here, I’ll have to get there :). In the mean time, I’m oh, so thankful for those really nice & special boats that do come here.

        • m-fine
          m-fine says:

          We can’t all bring our boats to Muskoka. Once an American citizen has a couple of felony convictions, your immigration people wont let us in.

  7. Pat Redman
    Pat Redman says:

    Good piece , For my two cents if others have been needing a WI WB-13 , I filled out and faxed a sample form here

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