Bar Harbor Breaks Records-ish

Fellow Woody Boaters Matt Byrne and Chad Durren take home best of awards.

We are getting reports that the Bar Harbor Gull Lake Show may have been the largest one’s yet. Of course no one counts and the show is free. So we are going to assume that some sort of record was broken since no one keeps records. Okay, we can assume some sort of record was broken. Maybe someone brought an old Bobby Sherman record and ran over it.

Oh! Dave Bortner’s pants have NOTHING on these guys! They came to win!

You know this is just copy that I am writing to fill in the story. Right? Are you even still reading? Why? Everyone else is drooling all over the photos from Dane Anderson. Okay then. Here we go. And I get to make up the captions! Wooohooo! Even reporting on the show is fun!

The Docks are full!

Black Arrow – Dang, another fantastic name

A perfect Dory! And yes, Minnesota is near Canada!

That Bear Cat again is breathtaking

A wonderful Sedan. These make perfect sense for the area.

THis is one of the last series of 25 Sportsman built, and has Twin MBL’s AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

Another perfect name.

I gotta admit, this is one cool as all get out boat. Grand Craft

Oh no! man Overboard! We have lost John Allen! ALERT, ALERT!

More Lee Anderson lust boats

HIGGINS. Perfection. Lets talk fonts!

Fantastic Racer

Just me and my Century!

Always one of my favorites. Love the black and white checkered shirt! Best Shirt award!

That Green is PERFECT. This boat is PERFECT, the engine, the top. PERFECT !

Dane! The flags, the windshild all match the drift wood. Best photo composition award

Best Fiberglass winner! Best lettering, best guy award.

Love this Bug Bite! Kevin is the best

Riot always delivers

Very cool Century. Love the little accent line and how it adds movement to the design

These Dory’s are amazing boats and if you can find one, very reasonably priced.


Good God,

Gull Wings on Gull Lake!

OH GOD, Make it stop. No really. Stop I want a ride

Huge crowds

Attractive crowds. What an amazing place!

Even the engines are attractive

Bug Bites Dash is amazing – Kevin you rule!

That Larson Again. Even a dock shot of her looks fantastic.


Okay, you know its a fantastic event when even the Kit Boats are amazing. WOW

That Bow! That Supper Club,

A Wonderful setting

Someone is having some fun!

What a fun little boat!

Even the Dingy over top is over the top!

Ya just hang’n out here in my insane cool boat.

James Bond showed up. had a Martini, Shaken not stirred and had his way with some “guests’ Had to leave cause you can’t do that anymore, And well. Went on CNN and said he was sorry, Yup! It’s true.

The colors again! Perfect Blue and the touch of Plaid is PERFECT! AHHHHHHHH, Its an entire show of art directed perfection!

Just wow! WOW, WOW, WOW! This is amazing, and without the top, The lines are more intense.

Once again, the Centurys were designed perfectly and colors are perfect. LOVE THESE

Perfection and each dock post is being held up at the show by someone. Thats the level of detail they bring!

Note the perfect Life jackets. WOW! Details are the sign of genus!

James Bond again!


Chads off at his Chicken Dinner he won!

These Larsons are amazing!

Thats it! Dane you are the master. Delivering the news after a long day is amazing. I would imagine he went to sleep at 3AM. This is not easy work, and we bow to you and the rest of the Land O Lakes gang for an amazing event. John Allens Supper Club, Maybe we should call it the  Super Club is a dream location. Lee Anderson and his generosity is beyond words. WOW, WOW, WOW

21 replies
  1. Andy C
    Andy C says:

    Any more info on the kit boat? I just got one out of a long term storage that looks very similar. Wish I could post a picture

    • Dane
      Dane says:

      The kit boat is a 54. I believe the owners are Woody Boater readers maybe they will chime in with more details. The boat looks great and they have a lot of fun running it. It won an award yesterday amongst stiff competition.

    • Christy Hammer
      Christy Hammer says:

      As Dane noted, our kit boat is a ’54 17 ft. Chris-Craft speed boat kit. According to the Chris-Craft Essential Guide, they made 1,0o0 17 ft. speed kits in ’54-’55, 100 of which came preassembled. Ours has the up option of mahogany decks, instead of plywood and is powered by a Ford 223 six cylinder inline with an Osco marine conversion kit and Capital transmission. What motor does your kit boat have? We’d love to see pictures.

  2. floyd r turbo
    floyd r turbo says:

    Love the lines of the Grand Craft sedan. Wonder where or who drew them up. Looks like a Gage-Hacker utility of similar length from the early 60’s .

    Awesome pictorial coverage, thanks for taking time to take all these.

  3. KW
    KW says:

    I lofted them with Chris Smith about 1980. And yes they are a Gage Hacker design The Gages want some new ones with a little different flare. Also Congrats to Matt Chad

  4. Chad
    Chad says:

    Super show from top to bottom. Great location, great weather and the most beautiful gathering of boats that I can remember from any show.

    Big thanks to the BSLOL Chapter for hosting such an amazing event! Special thanks to Dane for being the perfect MN ambassador.

  5. John Rothert
    John Rothert says:

    next best thing to being there!

    Just got back from some days of Going Boating!

    John in cooled down Va.

  6. Renee Davey
    Renee Davey says:

    A big thanks to Dane for sharing all the great photos! Glad I got a chance to meet and chat with you! This was a fantastic show! Thanks again!

  7. Tyson K.
    Tyson K. says:

    Some unbelievable boats. Thanks for all the pics! I gotta say though, that Gull Wing, “Over the Top”………I need to have a nap after looking at that thing…………..

  8. Briant
    Briant says:

    Not sure if that is James Bond’s boat or if someone had an old Fiat X19 and put it on a boat?

    And those two dudes on the dock…sweet Jesus….where does one even buy clothing like that?!!! Does it get foggy in that area and they don’t want to get lost?

    The rest…..just wow.

  9. Andy C
    Andy C says:

    Mine has a chris craft kbl (131 hp) and mahagany decks. Was “modernized” at some point and upholstery put over everything and the windshield changed. I would love to see more pictures of yours especially the dash and controls. Email me at

  10. Mark in da U P
    Mark in da U P says:

    Great pictures! Looks like a fun show. I will have to add this one to my bucket list. Thanks for sharing.

  11. Andreas Jordahl Rhude
    Andreas Jordahl Rhude says:

    Great event. Great photos. Glad you liked my original, unrestored condition blue canvas covered 1952 Thompson model 240 Take-Along. She was in the water for the first time in a decade or so. I rowed her to and from the boat launch, getting some exercise.

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