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Benefits of CYA Membership

  • CYA Roster...  Printed yearly 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.
  • Quarterly Newsletters... These newsletters are printed by both the local fleet and the National Association. They contain information and articles on members vessels, scheduled events both on land and sea, photos of members boats and more.
  • Ships Store... As a CYA member you will be entitled to purchase many club related items. 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 Insurance Rates... Ability to purchase insurance on your vessel at a reduced cost. Because CYA members tend to be more careful and have fewer accidents, the association has been able to secure reduced insurance rates for our members. In most cases the reduced rates will more than make up for the annual CYA dues.
  • 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 $60, in addition to the first year dues, which covers a burgee, member directory, and plaque for qualifying yachts.

  • Canadian Fleet:  $100 CAD (Currently $71USD)
  • Northern California Fleet:  $110
  • Pacific Northwest Fleet:  $100
  • Southern California Fleet:  $105
  • USA Fleet (All regions not covered by the fleets above):  $75

Note: New Member applicants will also be assessed a one-time initiation fee of $60, in addition to the first year dues.

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.

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-1965: "Vintage" Member boats must have been launched prior to December 31, 1964, (or a vessel launched after 1964 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 your are not already a member.

Yacht Register Application

Final approval of membership applications rests with the Membership Committee which serves to ensure association-wide standards as established by the CYA Board of Directors.



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