Monday, May 19, 2014


CLAYTON, New York (May 19, 2014) – The Antique Boat Museum… Where Everyday is a Boat Show!

The Antique Boat Museum (ABM), North America’s premier freshwater nautical museum based in Clayton, NY, announced today the details of its new exhibition and formal opening reception.

Join the ABM on Friday, May 23 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. inside the Dodge Launch Building, located at 750 Mary Street in Clayton, for a reception presented by Community Bank, N.A. and Coyote Moon as we celebrate the opening of our newest and largest exhibition – “The National Motor Boat Show.”

The event is free and all are welcome to attend.

The exhibition tells the story of the first 50 years of motor boating, from 1895 to 1945, whilespanning 8,000 square feet of display space. Central to the growth of motor boating as an activity were large indoor trade shows, where boat makers would come to display their new products. The Museum’s Dodge Launch Building has been transformed to resemble one of these trade shows, and the boats will be interpreted using original advertising material and a period electromechanical interactive device. On display will be 12 power boats and related engines.

Design work was performed by Partner & Partners of New York City, with fabrication done locally by Bud Gray at the Antique Boat Museum and Don Badour of Don’s Prop Shop/Northern Marine. Engineering and fabrication of the interactive by Von Muehlen Industries of New York City.  

The ABM, now open daily 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., is home to North America’s largest antique boat collection with more than 300 boats and over 1,000 boating artifacts. In addition, the Museum is also host of the longest running antique boat show, which will celebrate its 50th year this August 1-3, and is known as the birthplace of the antique raceboat regatta, which will run August 8-10.For more information, please visit the Museum’s website at