The Antique Boat Museum Is Far More Than About Boats. It’s A Museum Of A Basic Need. Escape.

Show time.

I am 62 years old. I think, maybe 61 and gonna be 62? I have literally no idea. And in those 60 years, we have seen a war or two, I was in an Earthquake in San Fransisco, in DC during 9/11 and now at home during a pandemic. And yet, consider myself lucky. Being a history nut, life has been far crueler, and it’s helpful to look back sometimes to see that despite life’s, crap is just that. CRAP!

It’s okay!

Even during crappy times, it’s okay to escape. And that is what our passion is about. Escape. A moment of time frozen to pause and enjoy the power of now. And guess what, there is a museum of that time. not a Museum of battles won and lost, or wax figures, or landmarks, but recreation. A museum that reminds us all that time to step away is normal and needed. It’s that important.

take it all in

During times like this, it can seem more important to focus on our basic needs. A roof, food, and toilet paper. But you MUST also consider a moment of joy is also needed. I am beyond proud to support The Antique Boat Museum because of this.


Is it really about the boats after all? Okay, yes.. I guess that point fell short. But all kidding aside. It is deeper, and we need to support that. For the Museums health and ours.


If you are not a member, become one, if you are one, renew, and donate. Now is a time when Museums and other places that rely on you need us most. Fundraising is not easy, and yet necessary at this time. It can feel selfish to ask. They don’t know I am saying this. I am asking for us all. We need them, and they need us. We are together as one.

We are all in the same boat

As of today, They are slated to open May 1st. With lifes ups and downs these days, one can imagine this is subject to change. But you can visit them online 24/7 here. On their website. RIGHT HERE.. as in HERE. 

12 replies
  1. Syd Marsden
    Syd Marsden says:

    Our family has been a member since we started showing back in 1969 before there was an actual museum oh the memories we have.

  2. 72Hornet
    72Hornet says:

    I was lucky enough to spend a few hours there during a business trip a few years back. All I can say is Wow! If you have the chance, go see it and experience it first hand! Lets go boating!

      STEVEN A LAPKIN says:

      As far as I know, poignant does have a positive connotation, meaning something that is moving or touching but also slightly painful. One wouldn’t describe an event as a ‘poignant tribute’ if it had a negative connotation. Bravo Matt 🙏

  3. Briant
    Briant says:

    Sorry to change the subject a bit but since there are many talented, experienced enthusiasts out there in WBville, perhaps I could get a better answer than the many of worthless or non existent ones on the net….

    Just finished the second coat of a varnish refresh for our boat. Stripped the hardware and sanded. One coat then sanded again a few days later. Second coat applied a few days ago.

    Question: when would be a good or the right time to reinstall all of the hardware? Even though the new varnish is dry, it will no doubt continue to harden up. It is not sunny, which was my other idea…take her outside to cook in the sun for a few days.

    Used Epiphanes clear, 15% the first coat and <5% thinned on the second. I cannot find any decent info about this, or when I do, the two bits are 180 degrees opposite. “It’s dry after 24 hours…no it isn’t….yes it is….gotta wait a week…it needs to be outside…it is done when it stops stinking up the place with fumes…bla bla bla.”

    Any help or advice is most appreciated.

    • MikeS
      MikeS says:

      Briant, give it a week minimum. Epifanes takes longer to cure than Pettit or Interlux varnishes. Don’t try to sun-bake it to speed it up. Rapid drying can cause issues when the top film dries completely and solvents trapped inside can’t escape. When you install your hardware put a light coating of Dolfinite bedding compound on any flat surfaces of the hardware that will come in contact with the varnish. This will help keep the shiny parts from sticking to the varnish between now and the next time you have to remove them. Lookin’ good!

      • Briant
        Briant says:

        Thank you for the tips. Does the Dolfinite react in any way with brass? As ours is all brass and not chrome. Thanks again!

        • mikeS
          mikeS says:

          I doubt there would be a reaction with brass since it’s designed purpose is to prevent leaks under deck hardware and around fastenings and has been around for near 100 years. I can’t remember ever noticing an issue.

  4. Jim Staib
    Jim Staib says:

    Excellent place to get lost for a day. Unbelievable history. Practice your “Social distancing” as the director has been seen with Corona

  5. Bert
    Bert says:

    I was proud to be labeled in Museum in Clayton summer 2018. Although the color of the label tends more to Amsterdam G canal parade. Have been in Clayton also in I think 1996 or so. As visitor I was suddenly out of the blue invited for a short boat ride in a triple cockpit with 12 cil cripps inside of guy named I beliveve it was mr. Mocksfield or so. That was impressive !


    As far as I know, poignant does have a positive connotation, meaning something that is moving or touching but also slightly painful. One wouldn’t describe an event as a ‘poignant tribute’ if it had a negative connotation.

    Bravo Matt

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