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Newfound treasure...

Just recently I made a rare trip out east to have some fun and take in some new antique and classic boating scenery while visiting a good boating friend who lives out there. I'm more than a little embarrassed to admit I've never made it a priority to visit Clayton, NY to visit the ACBS HQ, and more importantly the Antique Boat Museum....both must-sees for anyone really who really considers themself an antique/classic boat enthusiast. Both are located within a block from one another, so you can easily park your car in this quaint little town of boating history and walk to both the ACBS HQ and ABM. Today I'm only going to talk about the ABM.

Think of an overly obsessed sweet tooth in a candy store of more and different kinds of candy than you ever could have imagined. This is the ABM. Yes, I'd heard of and seen some photos of the museum, but nothing prepared me for this cornucopia of rare boats. The Museum encompasses multiple beautiful and a well laid out buildings with a theme in each building, i.e. racing, canoes, general power craft, etc. If you call ahead and check their schedule you may be fortunate enough to gain access to one of their enormous storage buildings that are crammed full of even more boats. You almost can't take it all in on one trip. You can also visit their own restoration shop across the street where they're restoring the very famous 'Pardon Me', the largest runabout ever produced. I was amazed at the scope of both the boat and project. Next to the boat sits one of gigantic Packard engines...just like the ones used in the WWII PT boats. Anything and everything related to antique and classic boating is there...and I mean everything. Truly, I felt like a genuine dolt that I had not been to the ABM...and plan to make the trip an annual event. My advice is to 'GO', you will not regret it. Here's their web site, check it out for more info; www.abm.org I took a memory card of photos and am showing quite a few of them here. Sorry I can't list the year, make, and manufacturer with them, but you'll get the idea.     Jeff

Hope you enjoyed these, I sure enjoyed taking them!