Unique dream becomes reality
DURING a family holiday by the River Thames, Maurice Wilmot discovered his first, and most beloved, restoration project, Flying Spray.
Flying Spray (pictured) went on to win many awards and now sits at the very heart of the museum exhibits.
Maurice's dream to find a suitable home for his growing collecting of unique boats became reality in 1996, with the foundation of the Classic Boat Centre Trust.
Maurice died in 2009 but the Museum and Gallery continue to go from strength to strength. The fine collecting of classic and unique craft and artefacts reflects the on-going care and dedication of the Trustees and of the committed team of volunteers over many years.
Our aim is to raise the awareness of small maritime craft and crafts, showing their historic development.
The Museum exhibits restored boats and associated artefacts, with records of the part played in their construction and design by companies and people of the Isle of Wight in particular.
Whenever possible we aim to keep the collection sea-worthy and used and we welcome any offers of support, in time or money, and offers of craft that may complement and expand our collecting in the future.