The Antique Boat Museum Is Virtually Open For Cures!

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Just a little dose of ahhhhhhh!

Today is the beginning of the boating season up in Clayton, and even though they are physically closed until June because of this crap, they are open to us in some new and fun ways. And fun is what they are literally a museum of. This one part of the fun is going to be and is today a series of tours through the buildings and things to see there thanks to the Wooden Boat Experience series.

Love the buildings!


Something I did not expect hit me while taking the tour today. I could feel my desire to get out there come back. I could feel it. Like magic powers slowly coming back. I Eats My My Spinach…

Trust me here, watch, tour and take it all in. Not just the boats, but the details of the building, the way they are displayed, all of it. It will make you want to get out there. I will add, I have been there a bunch of times, and in person is amazing and can’t be replicated, but “In Uncertain Times” Like this, this is enough of a reminder of what is all good in our community, and a much needed dose of a varnish cocktail for me.

Oh ya!

Don’t think think this is all. There is more to come so stay tuned. WoodyBoater and The Antique Boat Museum are working on a very very cool concept that is being developed as we speak, or read, in this case. I am beyond thrilled, and back to my old self over all this. And isn’t that really what a trip to a museum of your passion is all about?  Well Done ABM, Well Done Wooden Boat Experience.

HERE YA GO! Enjoy!

15 replies
    • Frank@Falmouth
      Frank@Falmouth says:

      Great video. A trip there has gone up a few rungs on my Bucket List! Looking forward to whatever your collaborative efforts are with them, sure to be great!

  1. rjtipple
    rjtipple says:

    Neat! It was fun to see the Chrysler Queen again. I helped a little during her restoration in 1992, and was in Clayton that August when she was there for the Antique Raceboat Regatta. Good memories for sure.

  2. Bob Murdock
    Bob Murdock says:

    Back in the early 80’s, we were up at Lake George visiting Bill Morgan as we had a version of Impshi on order. We had become friends and often stayed with him at Gull Bay or we wound up in the apartment over the marina at Silver Bay.
    One visit happened to be the same weekend as the Lake George ABS and he asked if we could run Miss Canada III down to Bolton Landing. At that time, the crew had just thrown in an old Daytona motor and oh yeah, away we went. Miss Canada hadn’t been in the water and this was the maiden cruise……Now, if you’ve been on Lake George, the Narrows are full of rocks and we followed Bill down the channel as he had Happy Times (El Lagarto), (with one more girlfriend) cranked up. Fearless as he knew the waters well, Patti and I with my foot on the floor running nose to tail, my heart in my throat looking over that long deck as best I could. Oh yeah, got the picture and the T-Shirt…….and repeated the run back to Silver Bay at almost dark after dinner at the Lake George Club. No lights, no fear. What the hell was I thinking?
    We had run Something Else, Delphine IV and Hotsy Totsy that week. Teddy Larter lived next door and Scotty Too got cranked up for a spin with us too. Virtual is great, but NOTHING like a live experience.
    Bill was one of my favorite characters of all time and a dear friend over the years. Many of you know stories too but he was generous with the museum as a number of boats in the Gold Cup building were his.
    We’ve met and become friends with a large group of wonderful people in this hobby and I still miss the characters I grew up with…………
    Let’s all hope we can see each other in person again soon.

    • Floyd R turbo
      Floyd R turbo says:

      What a story. This could’ve been a feature article. I can just imagine all that having been to Silver Bay, Morgan’s shop, and Lake George.

    • Scott Lundy
      Scott Lundy says:

      Great recollection! My family had a 1947 Garwood 19’6″ runabout, bought new and delivered to Lake George at Hall’s. Bill said his Hacker was faster. Got most annoyed when I was 1 or 2 mph quicker!! But my best memory of Bill was when Andy Rooney, who also lived on the lake, had just finished one of his popular 5 minute narratives at the end of 60 Minutes. It featured Bill and the wooden boats on Lake George. He, on the film, lamented the deteriorating condition of the lake, with weeds, e-coli, over use etc. Bill and I just grinned as we watched the tape. At the end, Andy looked at us and said, think that will keep them away, with a big grin. We all laughed!

  3. Syd Marsden
    Syd Marsden says:

    The museum is great and I can remember watching it grow from a small display in the basement of a building downtown Clayton and I believe it was done by a group called the women’s auxiliary. That would have been 1968. Our first trip up there to check out the show. Dad liked it so we took the Dippy up there the next year and as they say the rest is history

  4. Roberta
    Roberta says:

    We had a Great Time visiting the Museumduring thel International Show in September.

  5. Toby Hall
    Toby Hall says:

    Thanks for posting this great topic. Do yourselves a favor and find a copy of “Speedboat” by D.W. Fostle, if you haven’t already.
    A fascinating read on the history of powerboat racing.

  6. tom
    tom says:

    Years ago I’d rent a boat for a day with my family at Werners, next to Morgans on Silver Bay.At the time I was doing a slow, on again off again restoration on my Shepherd.I loved going into the shop at Morgans,fascinated that they were building brand new Hackers in there.This is close to 30 years ago.One day I asked Bill Morgan if they see many Shepherds in there,his reply,”no, we’ve been lucky so far!” Ouch!

    • Scott Lundy
      Scott Lundy says:

      Remembering Werners! We lived in Glenburnie, Always need gas in our 1952 Lyman with a ’55 Big Twin. That thing sure ate the gas! Werner Stallman was so good to us. Besides being a good Evinrude mechanic, he would leave the key to the gas pump under a table for us to fill the 2 6 gallon tanks late at night when we went down to Bolton or Lake George Village! He used to just leave the pumps on, but I guess some people pilfered gas. This was when we were young teenagers. Still remember his predecessor, known as the best Evenrude/Johnson mechanic on the lake, The outboards went there, the inboards to Morgan’s. Those were great times!

  7. Mark in Ohio (sometimes da U P )
    Mark in Ohio (sometimes da U P ) says:

    That was fu(#!n cool!! Beautiful boats, good music, and superb videotography. The museum, Clayton, and the 1000 Islands just went up 2 notches on my bucket list, What a way to start the day and the month.

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