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Classic Minnesota Part 8: A Memorable Visit With Kermit Sutton Last Wednesday

Kermit Jenny Sutton s beautiful 1932 28 Gar Wood Triple Wren

After spending the entire day touring Lake Minnetonka with Dave Bortner last Tuesday, Dave had a full schedule of Freedom Boat Service related business the following day, and when he told me what was on the schedule I decided to tag along with Dave for the day and what a fun day it was. (And for our new viewers, don t forget that you can always click on the images in the story to enlarge them, and today they blow up real good!)

The day began at 7:30 AM and we were on our way to the Minnesota Lakes Maritime Museum in Alexandria, MN about 2 hours west of Lake Minnetonka. The plan was to pick up Kermit Jenny Sutton s 1932 28 Gar Wood Triple Wren which has been on loan to the Museum since last fall, and deliver it up to the Sutton s lake home on the Whitefish Chain of Lakes near Brainard about two hours north-east of Alexandria.

As always, we were greeted with a warm smile and some kind words from Bruce Olson,  museum Director, who gave us a quick tour of the new additions to the museum and surrounding Maritime Gardens. The museum is constantly making improvements to the facility and exhibits which is great to see.

The always impressive Minnesota Lakes Maritime Museum in Alexandria.

We then hitched up the big Gar Wood to Dave s truck for her two hour trip over the Kermit Jenny s.

Preparing to leave the Minnesota Lakes Maritime Museum in Alexandria with Wren in tow.

We delivered Wren  to Kermit s hanger next door and made our way over to their lake house for a visit and to get a glimpse of their boat collection. When we arrived, Kermit had just arrived home from a fishing trip in Canada and he rolled out the red carpet for us which made for a fantastic afternoon of fun.

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Our tour of Kermit Jenny s boat collection began with a ride in their freshly restored 1953 Chris-Craft 26 Express Cruiser that they use as a fun day cruiser and grocery getter on the Whitefish Cain of Lakes. A great boat for when friends come to visit.


Bette Noir is a very cool 1953 Chris-Craft 26 Express Cruiser which was restored by Freedom Boat Service during the winter of 2012-13. The boat has some nice custom touches throughout both the exterior and interior which works well. A total of 131 26 Express Cruisers were produced by Chris-Craft in the 1953-54 model years.

The Express Cruiser is powered by a 300 HP 350 Crusader V-8 and performs great as a fun day cruiser on the Whitefish Chain of Lakes in Minnesota.

Then Kermit said If you like we can put Daniela in the water and go for a ride. Well for those of you who don t know me, I will never turn down an offer to go for a ride in any classic boat, especially a Riva. Before we knew it the big Riva has moving down the rail system from the boat house and ten minutes later we were cruising across the bay in the Minnesota sunshine. And then Kermit said Texx You drive and it just kept getting better

Kermit Jenny s beautiful 1969 Riva Super Aquarama Daniela was restored by Freedom Boat Service in 2011 and is immaculate inside and out. There is nothing quite like cruising in a big Aquarama.

Kermit exercising the elegant Riva Super Aquarama 28 with it s twin 350 HP Chevrolet big blocks. (Sorry folks about the docks in the background, but things were happening fast as Kermit sped past us)

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