Generosity and hard work has guaranteed a new exciting future for the Classic Boat museum in Cowes

October 12, 2017

 The new West Cowes site is ready for a sneak preview for volunteers, friends, and supporters on Saturday 28th October 11am–3pm


After almost two year of hard work and tremendous generosity the new Classic Boat Museum site in West Cowes, next to the well-known ‘hammer head crane’, has been made fit for purpose.


Mark McNeill, Chairman of the trustees, said: 


‘It is wonderful to announce that all the museum's classic yachts and motor boats will once again be available to view at the newly refurbished boat yard sheds on the site of the hammer head crane in West Cowes. I would like to thank all the hard work put in by our friends and volunteers and, of course, to the Harrison Trust who were able to offer the use of shed number 117. We will be opening the site to friends and volunteers on Saturday the 28th with a planned public opening in the spring of 2018. There is still much work to do and money to raise to achieve all our ambitions to include new interactive and multimedia visitor displays, however, with the determination seen to date I am sure will succeed in creating a unique attractions Cowes will be proud of ’.


East Cowes Gallery an ongoing success


The Classic Boat Museum gallery has been open in East Cowes during the development of the new museum site in West Cowes and it is intended that this will remain open with its displays of artefacts that have attracted much interest even though the actual yachts and boats have not been on display.


The preview of the new museum in West Cowes on Saturday 28th October is intended as a thank you to all who have been involved as volunteers enabling the achievements to date and to encourage new volunteers to get involved.  A presentation will be given explaining the goals for the official opening to the public in the spring of 2018. Being ready for the public opening will be a huge challenge and the museum still requires further financial support as well as volunteers to run the museum day to day, build and maintain the displays, provide educational support and work with our restoration team.


If you would be interested in finding out more about the museum and how you could help please come along on the day or contact the museum directly.


Photo caption: (left to right)

Alec Anderson          IOW Historic Lifeboat Trust

Martin Woodward   Chairman IOW Historic Lifeboat Trust

Mark McNeill          Chairman Classic Boat Centre Trust

Kim Lyall                   Founder member of CBCT trust.

Owen Carver           CBCT Volunteer 

Mike Dixon              CBCT Volunteer 

Steve Symons         CBCT Volunteer 

Alan Bird                  CBCT Volunteer 

Tod Taylor                CBCT Volunteer 


For more information please contact:

Mark Mc Neill, Chairman  

Stuart Greenfield,  07788 662697




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East Cowes Gallery


Columbine Building

Columbine Road

East Cowes

PO32 6EZ


Tel.  01983 244101

Cowes (West) Boat Museum and Restorations workshop


117a Medina Yard

Thetis Road


Isle of Wight

PO31 7DJ


Classic Boat Restorations Registered in England

No. 4083685

The Classic Boat Centre Trust

Registered Office

36 Castle Road


Isle of Wight

PO31 7QZ

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