Become a Friend

IT costs just £10 to become a Friend of the Museum, either for a single person or for a couple.

This entitles the Friend to free entry to the Museum and Gallery in East Cowes, a newsletter and social events held from time to time. 

Access to our growing maritime library and archive section is also available.

Attendance at rallies, regattas and other events is encouraged.

Life membership of the Friends is available at £150.

If you would like to become Friend, please call in to the museum or contact us via email (see below) or call 01983 244101.





This page was last updated on April 2, 2015.

Flying Spray

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.

Research and archive

DETAILS of boats, artefacts, books and other material at the museum are held on a computer database and researching and entering this data is a significant but unseen task that involves on-going effort, along with cleaning displays and setting-up and maintaining exhibits.

The environmentally monitored Archive room houses specialist maritime magazines, journals and publications over many years.

Archive material includes Uffa Fox designs, Cheverton Workboats, certain local Sailing Clubs and material from three generations of Thornycroft's.

The Galley houses numerous historic books, drawing and plans, photographs and photographic plates (including the Kirk collection from the 1890's) and artefacts with maritime connections.