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To date, we’ve raised more than $50,000 to restore and preserve the Mary B. There’s still more to do. Help the Ice Boat Foundation restore the Mary B.
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The Ice Boat Foundation Inc. a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, has been the steward of the legendary Mary B since 2016. The B isn’t just any iceboat. She’s as much a work of art as any painting, photograph or piece of sculpture. While many of her contemporaries have fallen victim to the ravages of the elements, the Mary B is relatively intact and probably only one of ten Class A Stern Steerers left on the planet. She is an example of the finest craftsmanship. The best materials and the cutting-edge thinking that Madison is known for.
Volunteers make repairs, carry out restoration projects, host our displays and make sure she gets to the ice and other events safe and sound.
Donors provide the funds to purchase her new trailer, clean her sails, replace standing rigging and so much more.
The Madison Trust for Historic Preservation recognized our efforts at preserving this piece of history when they presented us with a Historic Preservation award in 2017. This was the first time they recognized a project like ours. We’re very proud of that.
We hope you’ll consider making a donation of any amount to the Ice Boat Foundation to help us carry out this important work.
Mary B unveiling at Boathouse 1/30/16. Cockpit with animal droppings. Photo courtesy Don Sanford.
Volunteer group shot 6/29/2018. Photo courtesy Don Sanford.
Mary B unveiling at Boathouse 1/30/16. Jack Ripp, Bill Mattison. Photo courtesy Don Sanford.
Volunteer work party installing runner chocks 11/14/2016. Bill Mattison. Paul McMillan. Photo courtesy Don Sanford
Ice Boat Foundation members at Madison Trust for Historic Preservation Award event in 2017. Photo courtesy of the Ice Boat Foundation.
“Just Rigged” 1948 on Lake Mendota with Bernard Boathouse in background, current home of the Mendota Rowing Club. Photo courtesy Four Lakes Ice Yacht Club.
Mary B parked in front of the Payton Home at 409 N. Blair Street in Madison. She has side baskets in this photo. 1960. Photo courtesy Jay Payton.
Our volunteers did a great job cleaning her cockpit cushions.