If you have not visited the Boat Shop recently, you might want to drop by. The place is a carnival of personalities and good work. The first thing you notice upon entering is the mess, reminiscent of a teenage boy’s room but without the suggestion that there is a mother in the home. The next is the banter. If you sense a minor tone of raggedy edged middle school humor, your ear is well tuned. Keep in mind that the Boat Shop affords the denizens contiguous hours where they are left to their own devices without the influence of the softer gender or culture of any kind.
Wallowing in the absence of these structures, these men quickly gravitate to their comfort zone, which amounts to fourth grade jokes at the expense of their brothers – in – tools. It is a comfortable place. A place where all pretense is left elsewhere and where the guys find friendship and support while doing something that feels important. So come by and see what’s going on. What is going on is the building and repair of lovely wooden boats and old guys acting like boys and loving it.
The Boat Shop is open and busy on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from nine until noon. The volunteers are constantly working on repairing, reconditioning, and restoring wooden boats that have ties to the local area. During the year, they also work on our annual Raffle Skiff, which is a very important fundraiser for the museum. If you have an interest in joining the guys in their work, you will need an adolescent sense of humor, a thick skin and the desire to share time with some quality people. You do not need specific skills, only motivation.