Volunteers of the Patuxent Small Craft Guild (an organization dedicated to the preservation of wooden boat building skills) at the Calvert Marine Museum recently completed work on a beautiful 14-foot runabout. Work started on the runabout in November of 2012 using plans for “Mustang,” a runabout designed by William Jackson for the Boat Builder’s Handbook, a publication of Science and Mechanics Magazine in 1957. The deck layout was modified using plans from “Meteor,” another William Jackson design. The boat is planked with marine-grade plywood and framed with one-hundred year old white oak. The vintage 12-horsepower Brookline outboard was produced by OMC for the Speigel Catalog of Chicago.
The boat was built to showcase Calvert Marine Museum’s current exhibit, “Thrills and Spills – the Golden Era of Powerboat Racing in Southern Maryland” and will be sold to raise funds for the small craft program. The boat can currently be viewed in the lobby of the museum Exhibition Building and will remain there throughout the summer. On-going boat building and restoration projects can be seen at the Patuxent Small Craft Center at the museum on Tuesdays and Saturdays.
The museum is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Admission is $9.00 for adults, $7.00 for seniors and military with valid I.D., and $4.00 for children ages 5 – 12; children under 5 and museum members are always admitted free. For more information about the museum, upcoming events, or membership, visit the website at www.calvertmarinemuseum.com or call 410-326-2042.