In general, the qualifications for membership of a boat are that it
be of good design, construction and maintenance, built prior to December 31, 1964,
and show no external alterations that detract from the designer's
original intent. Additional objectives of the Classic Yacht Association
are to promote, sponsor and develop yachting activities for the
Association and its fleets and to cultivate a spirit of friendship among
its members and those interested in the old boats and their era.
At present, the Association is made up of five fleets, the Southern California Fleet includes member boats from Santa Barbara to San Diego. The Northern California Fleet covers San Francisco Bay and the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. The Pacific Northwest Fleet encompasses the waters of the Columbia River, Puget Sound, and Idaho. The Canadian Fleet is centered in Vancouver, B.C., and the growing USA Fleet includes members from any non-West Coast area.
Originally formed of thirteen charter members, the membership numbers
over 300 and continues to grow. More than 600 classics have been
registered by the Association since 1969. Significant historical records
have been preserved on vessels in the Association's archives, and in
one instance, an entire yard's records have been preserved in a local
museum, available for general research and copies of plans.