The scene is the Boathouse at Mystic Seaport. Open the door and the smell of varnish and wet paint tickles the nostrils. A pot belly stove provides a welcome warmth on this cool, early spring day. Several men work diligently on three boats, mindful that boating season is fast approaching and their maintenance work on the Museum’s small boat fleet will need to be wrapped up soon.
Boathouse Supervisor Jim Mcguire and his staff and volunteers have been at work throughout the winter refurbishing Mystic Seaport’s small craft fleet. Fourteen of the 20 boats are already in shipshape condition, thanks in large part to volunteers Ron, Paul, Jeff and Andy. Giving these boats a nautical facelift is a labor of love for these hardworking gentlemen, and Mystic Seaport visitors are the beneficiaries.
Theses well-maintained boats can be rented by the hour in season (mid-May through mid-October). Just picture yourself sailing off in a Beetle Cat on a warm sunny day, or rowing peacefully down the historic Mystic River. Soon it won’t be just a wistful daydream…it can become a reality! Beginning May 9, the Boathouse is open for business on weekends and come mid-June, open seven days a week.
It’s spring at last and the water is calling your name at Mystic Seaport!
For more information, visit our web site at www.mysticseaport.org.