On Wednesday, May 22 from 5:30-7:30 pm, Dr. Charles “Stormy” Mayo will delight visitors with an account of the building of his 43’ Murray Peterson Coaster Istar. Dr. Mayo is perhaps best known for his work as director of the right whale ecology program at Provincetown’s Center for Coastal Studies, but he also spent a good part of his life engrossed in the unyielding undertaking of building his 43-foot boat -- it took him nearly 40 years to build Istar in his own backyard in Provincetown. From the planning and the dreaming, to the decades of construction -- including the desire on numerous occasions to take a chainsaw to the hull -- to the ultimate experience of Istar’s maiden voyage to the Bahamas; Dr. Mayo will recount the failures and successes of a very personal experience.
About Stormy Mayo
Dr. Mayo, marine biologist and director of the right whale ecology program at the Center for Coastal Studies in Provincetown, was one of the three founders of the center in 1976. His work is focused on endangered whales of the southern Gulf of Maine, in particular the nearly extinct North Atlantic Right Whale and the ecosystem of Cape Cod Bay. Dr. Mayo’s work with right whales and the Center’s whale rescue team has been the subject of a number of television shows and news articles.
About the Museum
In 2018, Cape Cod Maritime Museum and Cook Boat Shop celebrated its 20th anniversary of protecting, preserving and promoting the maritime history and tradition of wood boat building on Cape Cod. The museum offers permanent and rotating exhibits, interactive maritime-themed activities and a fine arts gallery. The Cook Boat Shop is a working exhibit space for traditional and contemporary wood boat building and includes restoration projects on historic Cape Cod water craft. The Historic Boat Barn holds the only collection of all wooden boats native to Cape Cod. The museum is also home to “Sarah,” a Crosby catboat replica, and a gift shop featuring unique and beautiful maritime themed gifts, books and apparel.
Building and Sailing Istar: The Agony and the Ecstasy – A Lecture by Stormy Mayo
Wednesday, May 22, 5:30-7:30 pm
Community Room at the Cape Cod Maritime Museum
Members: $10.00; Non-members: $15.00