Join the CYA

We welcome and encourage anyone with an interest in fine old motor yachts to join the Classic Yacht Association.

Annual Dues (in US funds):

Annual dues vary slightly by fleet, to account for different regional costs:

  • Canadian Fleet:  $100

  • 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.

Applications for 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, in US funds, to the Classic Yacht Association, and mailed to the CYA Treasurer at the address on the form.

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 listed above and in the right sidebar. 
  • 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.
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. 

So what are you waiting for?  Join Now!!

 Start a New
Online Application: 
    Join Online Now
 Download and Print
a Mail-In Application:
      PDF Application
 Submit Vessel for Approval
    (must join and pay dues first):
    Yacht Register Application

For Help or More Information,
contact a Commodore:
   CYA Commodore
 Can Fleet | NC Fleet | PNW Fleet | SC Fleet | USA Fleet

CYA Yacht Register Acceptance Criteria

From the CYA By-Laws:

"The qualifications of the classic yacht shall be: a power driven pleasure boat of good design, construction and maintenance, which shows no exterior alterations that detract from the designer's original intent".

Power Driven Pleasure Boat:

The Classic Yacht Association By-Laws limit Classic and Vintage membership to power driven vessels. Sailing and motor-sailing vessels are excluded. Engines may be gasoline, diesel or steam. No restrictions are placed on replacement of engines. 

Good Design:

The elements of good design for classic and vintage vessels were established by the recognized designers and builders of the eras. 

Vessels that have been accepted by the Association include those by Blanchard, Brostrom, Burrows, Carr & Stone, Chris-Craft, Consolidated, Cryer, Dawn, Dickman, Elco, Franck, Geary, Felllows & Stewart, Garwood, Grandy, Hacker, Hand, Hoffar, Hunter, Jensen, Kneass, LaBruzzi, Lake Union, Matthews, Monk, Nunes, Owens, Richardson, Schrock, Shertzer, Stephens, Swanson, Taylor, Trumpy, Wheeler and Wilmington (Wilbo). 

There are member vessels by other builders and designers that have also been accepted for membership. 

Vessels accepted for membership under this criterion would include: 

  1. Vessels built by the builders/designers on the list above;
  2. Vessels by other builders and designers when their vessels of classic  or vintage design have been previously accepted for membership;
  3. Vessels that, in the judgment of the Membership Committee, conform in a reasonable way to the classic and vintage designs common among the vessels previously accepted for membership, or that establish historical significance; 
The design of the vessel shall be the determining factor for eligibility, not the past use of the vessel. Thus a vessel designed as a commercial vessel but used for pleasure purposes would be eligible for membership. 

When questions regarding good design are raised, membership eligibility will be based on documentation provided in the application package, including evidence revealed by photographs, historical records, published articles, or other materials


Construction is defined to mean the construction techniques, materials, structural details, and standards of craftsmanship commonly used during the eras of the classic and vintage vessels. Visual inspections and photographs will be used to verify construction standards. 


Well maintained shall be determined by a recent visual inspection of the the vessel's condition as  reported by the sponsoring fleet. 

Well maintained is defined to mean that a vessel is in operating conditions in the water, and is free of serious structural damage or deterioration

Vessels in the process of restoration, vessels out of the water, and vessels without engines are not eligible, but their owners are encouraged to apply for membership with the understanding that final consideration for Classic or Vintage membership will be delayed  until conditions have been corrected. 

External Alterations: 

Structural alterations that were options provided by the builders or designers at the time the vessel was built will be permitted when they are compatible with the design and construction of the vessel. 

This alterations such as a flying bridge or enclosed cockpit  will be permitted  if they were options at the time the vessel wass built, and if executed in a way that meets the definitions of design and construction as stated above. 

Items of an accessory nature that could be removed without changing the operation or structure of the vessel will be permitted. Thus, bolt-on swim steps, bait tanks, buggy tops, cowlings and the like are permitted

Pleasure vessels converted to another use will not be permitted unless restored. Structural damage caused by fire to other conditions must be restored in a way that meets the definitions of design and construction as stated above

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