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July 10, 2016 in Blog


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by Rob

The Antique Boat Museum in Clayton, New York offers its 2016 schedule

May 6, 2016 in Uncategorized

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The Antique Boat Museum is perhaps the foremost nautical museum in North America. The Museum has just launched its 2016 schedule below.
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ABM OPENS FOR 2016 SEASON

CLAYTON, New York (May 5, 2016) – The Antique Boat Museum (ABM), North America’s premier freshwater nautical museum based in Clayton, NY, opens for the 2016 season on Friday, May 6 and will be open seven days a week, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., through Columbus Day. The ABM’s Bowline Boutique will also open and admission is not required to shop.

Ride the River boat rides will begin Friday, May 27, providing visitors with the opportunity to take a 45 minute boat ride through the 1000 Islands in the ABM’s triple cockpit runabout for just $25. Guided tours of the houseboat, La Duchesse, will also begin Friday, May 27 and are included in regular admission. Skiff rowing will be available to visitors later in the month of June. The Free Tuesday Night Sailing and Rowing program will run in July and August.

2016 Admission Rates

Regular admission rates for the 2016 “summer” season are shown below –

Member Free
Adult $14
Senior (65+) $12
Youth $8
Child (6 & under) Free
Group Vary, call ahead for rates
Military (active/retired) Free
Retired Military Spouse $9

Museum Hours of Operation
9 a.m. until 5 p.m. 7 days a week beginning May 6 through Columbus Day

A detailed listing of Museum special events and educational courses is available at abm.org

2016 ABM Event Schedule

Volunteer Breakfast May 26

1000 Islands Family Day with free admission June 11

POSH Picnic July 3

1000 Islands Concours d’Elegance featuring Italian made vehicles July 9

52nd Annual Antique Boat Show & Auction featuring Disappearing Propeller Boats August 5-7
• Antique Boat Auction presented by Antique Boat America 1 p.m. August 6
• Boat Show Block Dance featuring Bad Husbands Club 8 p.m. August 6

Antique Raceboat Regatta August 19-21

Volunteer Appreciation Dinner September 8

2016 ABM Education Schedule

Camp ABM See website for specific dates June 27 – August 12
• Seven separate week-long sessions (ages 4-9)

Sailing See website for specific dates June 27 – August 18
• Junior Sailing (ages 8-15)
• Advanced Junior Sailing (ages 8-15)
• Teen Sailing (ages 12-18)
• Comet Class (all ages, previous sailing experience required)
• Adult Sailing

Boater Safety May 31-June 1, June 25, July 18-19, August 9-10, August 27

Paddle Making July 9

Family Boatbuilding July 11-16

Make a Leather-Bound Journal/Sketchbook July 13

Chesapeake Light Craft Kayak Building July 25-29

Decorative Knot Tying July 12, August 2

Introduction to Caning August 16

About ABM
Located on the St. Lawrence River in upstate NY, the ABM features a collection of over 300 antique and classic boats, among thousands of recreational boating artifacts, including the world’s largest runabout, Pardon Me, and a 113-year old gilded-age two-story houseboat, La Duchesse. In addition, the ABM plays host to the longest running antique boat show in North America and is considered the birthplace of antique raceboat regattas. The Museum will open for the 2016 season on Friday, May 6. For more information, please visit the Museum’s website at abm.org.
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Contact: Margaret E. Hummel, Director of Events & Marketing
315.686.4104 x223 mhummel@abm.org

by Rob

Antique and Classic Boat Society (Toronto Chapter) Spring Tour; April 30, 2016

May 5, 2016 in Uncategorized

Wonderful weather and the gracious hospitality of Muskoka, Ontario’s boat builders and restorers made for a wonderful day to enjoy wooden “eye candy” of all shapes, sizes and periods. Enjoy the photos below. (Stay tuned for the video)

The first stop on the tour was Peter Breen’s shop, north west of Toronto. Peter’s notes on the first three photos are below.

The first boat is a 1917 Gilbert Launch ready for a rebuilt Sterling Motor installation.  Second is “The Aprenticeship”...my son’s boat that he built in his spare time over the past 4 years . This boat is now ready for lake testing . The third photo is a 1890 Dan Kidney launch with her original hull, rebuilt interior, rebuilt and ready for decks  (with a new Peter Breen 32′ Limousine Displacement Launch ready for lake testing. )

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The four photos below were taken at Tom Adam’s shop in Port Carling. Tom and his staff have been working on “Rita”, a 50 foot, 1914 Minett Cruiser, for some twenty months. She is scheduled to be in the water this summer. The hull planking has been replaced and “buttoned down”.
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A beautiful antique long deck launch awaits further coats of varnish.

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The two photos below represent work ongoing at Duke Boat Works in Port Carling and those woodies in storage eager to hit the waves for some summer fun.
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Curtis Hillman’s shop in Milford Bay is temporary home to one of the most beautifully designed Shepherd boats ever to see the light of day. There is scarcely a straight board anywhere on this boat.

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This Gentleman’s Racer (below) is in for some cosmetic work.
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The boat below is a “kit boat, purchased in the 1950s apparently from a department stored, and assembled in the original owner’s living room. It’s almost ready to go back to its current owner!
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Stay tuned…more photos and video of the Spring Tour to come…

by Rob

Restoring an 18 ft, 1963 Thompson runabout.

May 4, 2016 in Uncategorized

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This boat was purchased at a “fire sale” price two + years ago. Restoration to date has included thirteen new ribs, three new planks, a new keel and an upgraded outdrive. Recent work involved stripping the deck of paint, varnish and stain, then sanding, sanding and sanding some more. New stain and varnish has been incorporated.
‘Do-it-yourselfers’ might enjoy comparing notes.
One lesson learned the hard way: it takes two, not one, layers of painter’s tape to protect finished areas from those undergoing attacks from strippers, scrapers and sandpaper!

by Rob

Our newest listing: a beautiful Hacker-Craft, 20 ft, 2001

May 3, 2016 in Uncategorized

Hacker-Craft runabout: 20 ft, 2001
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Notes from the owner below.
This single owner, two cockpit Hacker-Craft is in excellent condition and meticulously maintained. The Hacker-Craft is boathouse stored in Barrie, Ontario area. his runabout is finished in traditional stain colours with green interior. The Hacker-Craft is powered by an 8 cylinder, 350 cubic inch Marine Power engine, with only 242 hours on both motor and boat. Regularly maintained each spring and fall, the boat was professionally re-varnished in 2007 by Mike Windsor.
The included dual axle trailer, which comes with surge brakes, 16 inch wheels, fenders and vertical guide bars, readily supports the boat’s 3200 pound weight. Also available for purchase is an optional Marine Railway.
Price: $62,900 For more information and contact details, please click on the link. Ad #pb687
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