The Classic Boat Museum is home to a huge collection of sailing and power boats, and it’s a must for anyone with an interest in sailing. With a selection of awards to its name, the museum is one of the island’s best-loved family attractions and it’s great fun for families looking for something different as well as keen mariners.
The museum opens throughout the year and its galleries are packed with everything you can think of to do with sailing, the Isle of Wight’s connection with the sea and the history of boating from the early days. If you’ve always had ideas about getting your own boat one day be warned, there are more than 50 to tempt you as you make your way around the museum, as well as artefacts, photos, films and models.
Look out for the one-of-a-kind trophies kindly on loan from Dame Ellen MacArthur and the Flying Fifteen which once belonged to HRH Prince Philip. The museum’s not all about the pomp and circumstance of sailing though…it’s also home to some of the earliest attempts at boats and dinghies so visitors can see just how far we’ve come.