It’s Always Warm And Inviting Up In Minneapolis.
A huge thanks to Dane Anderson for sending us in a great report and link farm from the Land-O-Lakes which this time of year is relegated to the Land-O-Indoor Boat Shows. Just a reminder to all of us that you can sniff the varnish all year around no matter what the temperature is.
Last weekend was the annual winter Minneapolis Boat Show. The Land O Lakes Classic Boat club was in their customary spot in the front lobby with 10 classic boats on display and lots of volunteers to answer questions and promote all aspects of the Hobby.
According to the NMMA, this event draws 38,000 attendees over the four day run of the show and is responsible for half of the annual 860 million in new boat sales in Minnesota.
The Land O lakes group invites several related organizations to help round out the display space. This year the Legacy of the Lakes Museum brought Dixie Baby, a 1921 Ventnor race boat on loan from the Antique Boat Museum to the show along with promotional material to hand out for both museums.
The Gopher Chapter of the Antique Outboard Motor Club was there with several motors on display and representatives to answers questions.
The Museum of Lake Minnetonka brought their traveling display for the steam powered streetcar boat Minnehaha including a detailed scale model of the 70 foot boat. You can see more here.
Urban Boatbuilders displayed a completed kayak. Their non profit mission to help youth prepare themselves for success in the modern world has been going on for over 20 years and continues to expand.
Two Woody Boater sponsors were at the show. Kevin Fitzke had Bug Bite in the Classic Boat display and also a booth on the main show floor.
Of course, Dave Bortner from Freedom Boat Service was there showcasing the latest fashion trend of red corduroy trousers and a nice 18′ Cobra.
A huge thanks to the Land O Lakes chapter for doing what they do best. And Dane for capturing it and reporting it to the Woody Boater authorities. And best yet, with no captions. Just the way I like it.
Nobody does indoor boat shows like the Land O Lakes gang. What a great display of watercraft. Congrats to them!
Impressive – great mix of boats and pictures! Thanks
So nice to see the Antique Outboard Motor Club represented!—But where were the motors displayed?
George, there were at least a dozen nicely restored motors spread out throughout the display area.
Thank you, Dane. Thank you, Dave. Thank you to all the BSLOLers who brought such an amazing line up. But most of all, thanks to Al Lindquist, who chairs this event every year.
Thank you Dane for the pictures and Dave for getting Dixie Baby down to MINNEAPOLIS. The Legacy of the Lakes Museum appreciates all of the exposure to the general public.
Thanks Dane!. Great shots as always (even Mr. Red Pants).
Wow, That is a lot of work to put together, coordinating whose boat to display, cleaning the boats from winter travel layout before and after, inviting the different clubs and negotiating square footage with promoter. BSLOL has some major arm twisters apparently or their boat show group recognizes the interest woodies can generate. And who built that awesome dock/walkway and railing?? We always had issues trying to get square footage for Atlanta Boat Show. Very short sited organizers.
All of the above. The BoatShow organizers treat the club as a featured exhibit and include the classics in their marketing campaign. Land O Lakes leadership works hard to set it all up including organizing lots of volunteers to answer questions on the floor. The walkways come from Niccum Dock, one of our key corporate sponsors.
Great show report and pictures! What is the story on the GarWood Sedan Utility?
Good eye Dick. The Gar belongs to Ray Ellis and it was in the water at the Minnetonka show last September. 1936 20′ Utility Sedan
Great show 👍 Thanks for sharing Dane!
Yah, hey dere, that Riv’s dern-tootin fer sure.
Yes it is a lot of work taking your boat out in the middle of winter with snow road salt but luckily BSLOL Has a lot of members that realize the value of this event and are more than happy to participate in bringing their boat. I have done so four times and have greatly enjoyed it hats off to all the volunteers what made this a success you’re after year.
nothing but plastic boat showa around here. water witch, polished when they’re perfect, bondo and paint when they’re not.