If you follow this blog you will know that i recently found myself in the Midwest. Aside from taking pictures of dead squires i also had the opportunity to visit a boat show in the small town of Minocqua Wisconsin.
I did meet some river folks that who had a Rapid Robert built from Roger Fletcher's fine book. But i was here to look at retro boats of a different breed, the ones i have always wondered about but never seen up close.
First impressions were strange i love wooden boats but these were unique to my experience. I'm going to start with my pick for best in show.
This boat built by the Peterborough canoe Co. was amazeballs. Beautiful and functional without all the unnecessary trappings that sometimes grow with to many coats of varnish.
The steam bent ribs and simple furnishings really let the boat shape speak for itself.
The twin outboards were fairly sweet as well.
The one lone sail boat of the show was a very well put together lapstrake boat.
The attention to detail is a testament to the care the builder put in.
I will leave you with a set of photos from the show that i think capture what was going on there.
I would love to build one of these some day. I love the chrome and polish.