The first boat that visitors see at The Antique Boat Museum is the lobby boat. This season, a 1947 17’ Higgins Utility Sport Speedster was placed on display as the Annual Boat Show this year features boats of the ‘40s.
The museum’s Higgins has the unique automotive-style features Higgins introduced in his post-war pleasure craft. These features include the foot-operated accelerator, automobile-style steering wheel with bright chrome horn ring, steering column shift lever, and a dash panel just like those in the new postwar Pontiac automobiles. Not to be confused with this Higgins.
The Antique Museum’s Higgins also has the distinctive red and white paint job with chrome detailing.
Local historian and ABM Trustee Emeritus Tony Mollica will be giving a presentation on Higgins Industries on Saturday August 4th at 10am, the day of the show. Will he also be towing a PT Boat into the lobby? No? Torpedo the show? No.. Wait, how cool would that be? Tony Mollica on a bull horn at the helm of a Higgins PT boat. Egh? Come on Tony.. Lets do it.
Anyone got a spare Torpedo? Maybe we just show up in a PT Cruiser with Bottle Rockets? UGH.. Oh boy… Tony is laughing right now? Right? Tony? I can’t look.. He is laughing… Right? Well that was fun for me at least. All kidding aside Tony is an amazing presenter and a treasure to the culture of classic boating. You will learn about all the details of Higgin’s. So if you are planning on getting one, one day, its a must goto event. Anyway, we hope we are still invited to be reporting live that weekend and hope to see you there. LESS THAN 30 DAYS AWAY! MCAAAALE!