Benefits of Membership

National 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. Also contained is a classified section and advertising is free to all members.
  • 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.

To Join the Classic Yacht Association, use the application form below. (Details concerning requirements for membership and dues amounts are contained on the form.) The completed form, along with your boat history, photos, and check, should be sent to a representative of the Fleet you will be joining. To find a representative, go to the Fleet Page and call, email or mail to the contact point given. 

We Welcome you to CYA!

Tax Benefits

Members are reminded that their dues expenses are not deductable.  Their boat transportation expenses (fuel and oil) incurred by cruising to an official CYA public event may be deductable, in accordance with advice from their own tax accountant.

Board Members whose presence is required at the annual Board Meeting may deduct reasonable transportation, lodging and meal expense, upon advice of their tax advisor, so long as they are not receiving a stipend. 

Members, other individuals, or entities wishing to donate to a specific fleet or specific event are encouraged to do so.  The precise event name and fleet must be stipulated on the donation, and the funds must be sent to the Executive Treasurer for processing and distribution.  By Board policy, all donations to the CYA, regardless of fleet, are to be submitted to the Executive Treasurer for processing.  Funds specific to a certain fleet will be forwarded to that fleet’s treasurer.  The Executive Treasurer will compose and send the tax acknowledgment letter outlined below for all donations to the CYA.

Donors to tax-exempt organizations have the responsibility to obtain such written acknowledgment for any monetary contribution before the donors can claim a charitable contribution on their federal income tax returns. 

Although it’s a donor’s responsibility to obtain such a written acknowledgment, an organization can assist the donor by providing a timely, written statement containing:

1. The name of organization

2. The amount of cash contribution

3. A description (but not the value) of non-cash contribution

4. A statement that no goods or services were provided by the organization in return for the contribution, if that was the case

5. A description and good faith estimate of the value of goods or services, if any, that an organization provided in return for the contribution

Charitable organizations are required to provide a written disclosure to a donor who receives goods or services in exchange for a single payment in excess of $75. Recipient organizations typically send written acknowledgments to all donors immediately, or no later than January 31 of the year following the donation. 


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