Thursday Was “One Of Those Epic Days” On Gull Lake
DATELINE THURSDAY – 2015 WOODS AND WATER AT GULL LAKE, MINNESOTA: The day started out slow due to drizzle in the morning, that was suppose to end but didn’t. Over 100 people travelled to the Minnesota Lakes Maritime Museum in Alexandria for a tour of the amazing museum and were treated to guest speakers Tony Mollica & Chris Smith – so there wasn’t much going on at the boat show site.
As many of you know – there is nothing we would rather do than get out on the water during a boat show and shoot some photos that we can share with our loyal viewers. That’s what we love to do.
We decided to ignore the drizzle and made our way out on the water to see what was what – and as we were passing by the launch ramp we heard the growl of the Mike Favilla’s 120 HP Grey Phantom as it came to life.
As they pulled away from the dock to drive across the channel to the docks at Bar Harbor, we waved to Mike and yelled “Hey Mike – can we make a few laps out on the big lake before you go to the show dock?”
Mike immediately changed direction and pointed the 1936 Chris-Craft Special Race Boat towards Gull Lake – and we fired up our cameras. Dane, Matt and I were shooting and Jimmy Scott was driving the shoot boat.
And from that point on, it just kept getting better. The drizzle finally ended and the sun slowly popped out of the clouds. Not only did the classic boats start appearing on the lake, they were offering to take us for rides in their boats while we were shooting – a perfect world…
None of this stuff was pre-planned, it just happened naturally – that’s what makes it so special.
So of course we had to go out and tease Matt, Dane & Jimmy in the Century shoot boat, adjusting the throttle just fast enough that they had to work hard to catch us in the big Hacker. We finally let them catch up so we could shoot some photos on the perfectly calm water.
Then we felt bad for them in the Century shoot boat, so Dave offered to take Matt & Jimmy in the Hacker, and I jumped in to the shoot boat with Dane in the middle of Gull Lake. They both had the opportunity to experience driving the big Hacker while Dane and I tried to keep up in the shoot boat.
Thursday was “one of those epic days” on Gull Lake. Then to top it all off, that evening we joined our host John Allen to celebrate the opening of his spectacular new boat house just down the road from the Bar Harbor Supper Club – site of the 2015 Woods and Water show which runs Friday and Saturday here in Minnesota. The weather forecast is great for the next few days, so stay tuned to Woody Boater for more daily updates from the boat show.
A day we will always remember here at Woody Boater.
Any chance it was a giant green vintage depth finder that drained Rich’s battery?
Looks like the rain God’s have let Matt off the hook for a bit.
Wonderful coverage! THANKS!
“Over the Top” looks FANTASTIC! (Great name BTW)
Texx, nice pix! Thanks for these, Rob and I spent the day in Alexandria at the Martime Museum, listening to the two featured speakers Lee Wangstad (huge depth of knowledge) and Tony Molica. Chris Smith was in the audience listening and made some great points of interest during Tony’s talk.
But see you were in those darn boats all day!
BTW. That museum is first class! I encourage all WB readers to put that place on your bucket list. Amazing quality of displays, high level of interesting stuff! Very well done, rotating displays, the level of restoration of the boats is award winning.
Nice dinner at Madden’s Resort after that, with comedy and a magician.
See you today for more magic on the water!
Very nice report, Texx. Over the Top really turned out nicely. Great job by MIke Green. And Paul and Karen are to be thanked for bringing it back to its former glory.
The prewar runabout that did the flyby is actually Joe Whitsett’s 1939 19′ Custom Cask-Away. Joe had some business to attend to and cut his ride a little short while his cousin Bob and I continued the ride. It was a great ride up through the Gull Lake Chain and then out onto Gull lake itself.
Thanks for this Ed.
Texx played WoodyBoater hookie.
Riot is a true true “Throughbred” in the world of boats. Comfy, fast, good handling, good looking, smooth, a joy to ride in !
I agree 100%. After having the privilege of riding with Chris at Lake George last weekend, I have a great appreciation for the quality of the Clarion boats.
Looking forward to more pictures and stories from Gull Lake.
Great shots guys. Wonderful boats.
Makes me feel like I was there…Great shots and reporting
The look on Rich’s face while being towed is priceless!
Love all the photos and reporting. Super love Marjorie!
Most of us are at work while you guys are having so much fun.