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Benefits of CYA Membership

    The CYA offers a wide variety of social activities year-round. We offer a low cost and easy entry for anyone with an interest in classic motor yachts to join with other like minded people. We are not a yacht club, in that we do not own land, but hold our events and activities on public land or marinas, yacht clubs, and resorts. This allows us to have very low expenses and keep our dues very affordable. We are an all volunteer organization with a Board of Directors and Officers that provide guidance and direction for regional “Fleets”, which are also run by volunteers.

    Our goal is to have a group of “Corinthian” yachters that you will enjoy getting to know. Join with us to help advance our mission to promote, preserve, and restore vintage motor yachts!

    Benefits of Membership include:

    ·  CYA Membership Roster...  Printed annually, you will be listed along with other members. This ability to contact the many members of the Classic Yacht Association for support and information is invaluable. The handy, spiral-bound roster also includes boat lists, By-Laws, Fleet event calendars, etc.

    ·  Quarterly Newsletters... The CYA newsletter, “Classic Yachting” is a high-quality full color newsletter with news and information related to classic yachts – vessel reviews, Fleet activity reports, new member lists, educational articles, stories and news from members. Four issues per year are delivered to by mail to all members. In addition, each fleet prepares and delivers local fleet newsletters. They contain information and articles on members vessels, scheduled events both on land and sea, photos of members boats and more.

    ·  Social Networking... Members can sign on to receive email nootices of coming events and other relevant information. In addition, members can log in to the CYA website, which opens up much additional content, including online member rosters, event sign-up forms, CYA documents, buy-sell-forums, etc.  A mobile app is also available, that makes member rosters and boat names quickly available from smart phones.  CYA maintains a general interest Facebook page featuring member boat photos and information, and each Fleet maintains their own Facebook page for members to post on and communicate with other members.

    ·  Yacht Register listings... Members are eligible to submit their vessels for inclusion in the CYA Yacht Register. Categories include “Classic” (Pre-1943), “Vintage” (Pre-1975), or other years by special consideration. Once accepted into the Yacht Register, your vessel will be posted in our online database, including photos, historical information, videos, documents, and other information per your specifications.

    ·  Ships Store... As a CYA member you will be entitled to purchase many club related items that are made available from time to time. There are specialty clothes, club patches, burgees and gift items all sold at great prices. As new member you will receive a CYA Burgee, Engraved Brass Plaque for your boat (Classic and Vintage), Membership Card, and CYA Roster all at no extra charge.

    ·  Reduced Psychiatric Bills... Knowing you are not crazy for loving that floating chunk of wood and sweat! Just the knowledge that there are other people out in the world with the same interests is somehow very reassuring.

    ·  Tax Advantages... The Classic Yacht Association is an exempt non-profit organization as described in Section 501(C) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions are tax deductible. Tax ID number is 90-0396800. 

    Annual Dues and Initiation Fees:

    Annual dues vary slightly by fleet, to account for different regional costs.  All new members are charged a one-time initiation fee of $75, in addition to the first year dues, which covers a burgee, member directory, and plaque for qualifying yachts.

    • Canadian Fleet:  $110 CAD 
    • Northern California Fleet:  $120
    • Pacific Northwest Fleet:  $110
    • Southern California Fleet:  $115
    • USA Fleet (All regions not covered by the fleets above):  $85

    Note: New Member applicants will also be assessed a one-time initiation fee of $75, in addition to the first year dues.

    Step 1. Application for CYA Membership

    • Member Application Form - All members must fill out a Member Application form, either online or a paper form. (See links below.) The basic information required for all members is contact information for a primary member and spouse/partner if applicable. (Your boat information is supplied separately - see below.)
    • Payment may be made online for online applications (any major credit card), or a check may be mailed for either online applications or mailed applications. (Note: Mailed applications and/or checks will delay the approval process.  Online applications and payments will be granted membership immediately.)  Checks should be made payable to the Classic Yacht Association, and mailed to the CYA Treasurer at the address on the form. 

    Step 2. Yacht Register Approval Process

    Classic or Vintage Membership:
    Although ownership of a Classic or Vintage vessel is not a requirement for membership, if you do own one, you may apply for it to be accepted in the CYA Yacht Register as a "Classic" or "Vintage" vessel:

    • Pre-1943: "Classic" Member boats must have been launched prior to December 31, 1942.
    • Pre-1975: "Vintage" Member boats must have been launched prior to December 31, 1974, (or a vessel launched after 1974 which can establish support for special consideration by the Membership Committee.)

    Application for CYA Yacht Register Approvals:  The criteria for acceptance are detailed here.

    • Sponsors: It is recommended that you have a Sponsoring CYA Member review your application and/or visit your vessel to discuss the requirements for membership, and to help make sure that the boat meets all of the necessary criteria. Sponsors can be any CYA Member, but often it is your fleet Commodore or a fleet Port Captain, which are listed on your chosen fleet's web page.
    • CYA Yacht Register Application - This application may be filled out online, or on paper along with the Membership Application.  In addition to the general particulars of the vessel, the following information is also required to be submitted with the application:
    • At least one 3"x5" or larger photograph - This photo should have been taken within the six months prior to the application and must show a broadside view of the vessel in the water. The image of the vessel must be unobstructed and sufficiently large to permit an evaluation of special features. It is often useful to submit several photos, each showing a different view. It is also desirable to include photographs of the interior of the boat. Digital photographs are strongly encouraged. 
    • Historical narrative about the vessel - This typewritten statement should provide historical information about the vessel including: former owners, previous names, restoration activities, special design features, and unique uses of the vessel. When available please include copies of, or references to published materials.

    Remember: You must be a Member of CYA before making application for your yacht into the CYA Yacht Register. Follow the procedure above for joining CYA if you are not already a member.

    Yacht Register Application

    Final approval of yacht classifications rests with the Yacht Registration Committee which serves to ensure association-wide standards as established by the CYA Board of Directors.

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