Live-ish From Gull Lake, Minnesota – Friday Pre-Show

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WE ARE NOW ON SITE AT GULL LAKE, MINNESOTA for the 7th Annual Gull Lake Classic Boat Show at the Bar Harbor Supper Club – also the location of the 40th Annual ACBS International Meetings & Boat Show September 23-26.

A huge one-day event, the always well attended Gull Lake Classic Boat Show runs today (Saturday as you are reading this) which is very popular for both the local spectators and participants. Dane Anderson & I will be working as a tag-team with cameras in hand to bring you some fresh photos from the show on Saturday afternoon, with a full report on Sunday morning.

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Preparing to launch the all-original 1961 Carver 18′ lapstrake we entered in the show.

This year, to try something completely different, we decided to enter a very interesting, all original 1961 Carver 18′ Commuter in the Gull Lake show. This boat has quite a history in these parts and is now owned by Freedom Boat Service. We are also using the Carver as a shoot boat this weekend and having fun touring around the lakes in this great old outboard lapstrake. It will be a fun experience that we will share with our viewers next week, after the show.

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“Apache II” at the launch ramp. This beautiful 1922 29′ Hackercraft Gentlemen’s Race Boat now resides at the Anderson Classic Boat Museum in Nisswa, MN. The museum is the site for the (now sold out) Scholarship Auction during the ACBS International in September.

While we were preparing to dunk the Carver at the launch ramp, Steve Lively and the crew from the Anderson Classic Boat Museum pulled up with “Apache II”. Normally Lee Anderson and his team actually run all the boats from the museum through the channels and interconnected lakes from their home on Nisswa Lake to Gull Lake for the show. However this year they decided to trailer “Apache II” to the launch ramp across from Bar Harbor, as the Liberty powered Hacker can tend to be a bit loud passing through the busy channels from Nisswa to Gull Lake.

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Just as Steve and his crew were preparing to launch “Apache II” he said “Texx – it’s only a short ride from the launch ramp over to the show docks at Bar Harbor, but you’re welcome to ride along with me…” and minutes later Steve & I were on the water enjoying that sweet sound of the big 450HP Liberty.

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As we pulled away from the launch ramp my tag-team partner Dane was shooting the action from the dock – you can see him between the exhaust stacks. When Steve puts the big Liberty in gear, it idles around 600 – 800 RPM, you immediately feel the rotation of the engine as it rocks the boat from side to side. Not for the faint of heart around docks, but Steve is a great captain with lots of experience in these old period powered boats.

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En route to the show docks at Bar Harbor Steve took me for a quick run on the open water at Gull Lake to test the fuel system and make sure everything was working properly. And yes, it was an exciting ride.

Later in the afternoon, Lee Anderson and his team from the museum transported a few more boats from Nisswa to Gull Lake – Dane snapped this photo of Lee Anderson arriving at Bar Harbor in “LOCKPAT II” a spectacular 1931 Hacker 40′ Custom Runabout.

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This historic boat was originally custom built by Hacker Boat Works for Dick Locke and is powered by a 2,025 CID – 650 HP Packard V-12, designed for a top speed of 60 MPH in 1931. Some say “LOCKPAT II” is possibly one of the most significant wooden runabouts ever built.

Also arriving at the show on Friday afternoon was “Miss Minneapolis IV” – Steve Shoop’s rare 1948 Hackercraft 22′ Utility, which was a Lake Minnetonka amusement park ride boat back in the day. Steve Shoop is President of the Bob Speltz Land-O-Lakes Chapter ACBS and co-chair ACBS International events in September.

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Along with Lee Anderson, Steve Lively arrives in “Horace” a outstanding 1925 Belle Isle 30′ Super Bear Cat powered by a LM-6 Hall Scott engine.

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For this year’s show at Bar Harbor, Lee Anderson is bringing 10 boats from his museum. Friday afternoon was a good opportunity for Dane & I to capture a few shots of the beautiful boats before the docks get crowded on Saturday. (Yes, those reflections on the decks of “Apache II” are clouds, the finish is amazing).

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The shot I was shooting in the above photo by Dane.

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Dane snapped this nice shot of “Mineta” a 1918 Minett 36′ Launch also from the Lee Anderson Collection.

That’s just a taste of what we will see on Saturday at Gull Lake, stay tuned as we will do our best to bring you more photos and information from the big show. It’s now 3:00 AM local time (4:00 AM EST) and we are right on schedule as usual…


18 replies
  1. Greg Lewandowski
    Greg Lewandowski says:

    Good morning Texx. What a spectacular way to enjoy my coffee and watch the sun rise here at our cottage. Really looking forward to more of your coverage from Minnesota. Say hi to Dave Bortner for me.

  2. m-fine
    m-fine says:

    Another ho hum day in the life of texx. Sun is shining, wood boats everywhere and people with liberty powered race boats randomly show up and offer rides. I imagine the lack of storm clouds, jet skis and pontoons must wear on you after a while.

  3. Al Benton
    Al Benton says:

    Thanks Texx & Dane for your early morning post with amazing photos from from yesterday. Looking forward to seeing and reading more.

  4. Tom
    Tom says:

    Thank you Texx and Dane. Looking forward to more pictures from the show.
    Now off for a day on the water.

  5. Troy in ANE
    Troy in ANE says:

    GREAT coverage already!

    You don’t have a video of Apache II do you? Would love to hear that engine.

    Just to see LOCKPAT II would be worth the trip, and to think it was here in Maine and I didn’t even know it until it was gone.

  6. Wilson
    Wilson says:

    Wish it were so sunny here…it is the rainy overcast day you’d expect before a hurricane…that is if it develops into one that might come this way. Right now the winds and Gulf are calm although dreary looking…The blessing may be that we’ll get 10’to 12′ inches of rain Monday or Tuesday which we dearly need for the lake in town

  7. Cobourg Kid
    Cobourg Kid says:

    Great report and photos Texx and Dane. I have to say that I was very impressed to see Lee Anderson flying the Canadian Red Ensign 1868–1921 on Mineta’s ancient transom. lee obviously cares very much about the historical side of his fantastic collection.

    Here’s hoping that the Minnesota weather continues to cooperate today so that you can both capture even more fantastic shots for WB devotees

  8. Wylie
    Wylie says:

    Terrific photo’s, boats and venue. Very nice docks. Hoping for more photos of Bear Cat. You guys rock.

  9. Mr. Andreas Jordahl Rhude
    Mr. Andreas Jordahl Rhude says:

    YAY to the Carver lapstrake outboard boat! Show more outboards and row boats and non-inboard, varnished mahogany watercraft please

    Andreas – sitting about 300 feet away from the old Thompson Boat factory in Peshtigo, WI as I write this

  10. Philip Andrew
    Philip Andrew says:

    Thanks Texx and Dane. This is shaping up to be a great report.
    Back in 2007 ish I’m pretty sure I saw Apache at the Tahoe show. Was she based over there then or am I going mental?

      • Texx
        Texx says:

        Thanks Jim & CK. When I rode in Apache II yesterday I thought of the late Dave Wright. He was an excellent individual. – Texx

  11. Texx
    Texx says:

    Everyone – We were hoping to have a late Saturday update from the Gull Lake Classic Boat Show but ran in to some WiFi issues on site and were not able to load the large photo files for the story.

    However, we will have that report for you from Gull Lake either on Monday or Tuesday, which includes some more shots of the Belle Isle Super Bear Cat – Horace – which is stunning. Heres a shot of the LM-6 Hall Scott six. – Texx

  12. Alex
    Alex says:

    Great boat show first time we entered a boat in a show had a great time and won peoples choice award what a day and a great picture of us in the boat thanks Texx

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