Frequently Asked Questions About ACBS

Who is the ACBS ?

Since its founding in 1975 on the shores of Lake George, New York, The Antique and Classic Boat Society, Inc. (ACBS) has grown into the largest society in the world dedicated to the preservation and enjoyment of historic, antique and classic boats. We embrace all styles of classic boats whether they are wood, fiberglass or metal.

With over 14,000 members, ACBS brings people with this common interest together to share fellowship, information, experiences and ideas.

Every year, ACBS sponsors over 100 antique boat shows throughout North America.

When you include hands-on workshops, symposiums, cruises, parties, trips and meetings – you will see there truly is something for everyone.

Our mission is to preserve, restore and educate the public about classic boats. We are a 501(c)3 non-profit that raises money for scholarships for students who are learning about boat building, preservation and restoration so these skills are never lost.

How do I get a password for the Member’s Only Section?

Become a member! You can gain instant access when you join on-line, or if you prefer to join through the mail, you may download a printable form or you can call headquarters at (315)686-2628 and ask for a membership application.

How do I join the ACBS ?

There are lots of ways you can join. You can join on-line, print an application from our website and mail it in, or call (315) 686-2628 for an application. Or you may have picked an application up from one of our chapter’s boat shows!

I am a member already, where do I find my login information?

Every member has their own unique login and password.  Your login is the email address you registered with ACBS. You create your own password. If you have forgotten your password, click on “forgot password”.  Or you can call headquarters (315) 686-2628 and we will be happy to help.

Do I need a boat to join?

Absolutely not– although, after reading about some of our activities in Rudder, our award-winning quarterly magazine, you may wish to purchase a boat from the Trading Dock pages.  There are many members with no boats — and members with over 10 boats. Boat ownership is not a requirement to enjoy the fun and hospitality of ACBS.

Just how old does a boat need to be to be considered an Antique or Classic Boat?

Historic:  A boat built up to and including 1918.
Antique:  A boat built between 1919 and 1942, inclusive.
Classic:  A boat built between 1943 and 1975 inclusive.
Late Classic:  A boat built 1976 to the year 25 prior to the current year.
Contemporary:  A wooden boat built within the last 25 years.

My boat is old enough to be a classic, but it is fiberglass or aluminum. Is that a problem?

No — as long as your boat is over 25 years old it qualifies as a classic boat.  Actually, Fiberglass and Aluminum boats are a rapidly growing source of members in the ACBS. Both are relatively inexpensive, and have both challenges and benefits to their ownership. No matter what your boat, you will always find members that share your particular interest in your boats.

What is the Mission of the ACBS anyway?

Founded over 40 years ago, the ACBS has many activities– but the first goal is to bring people together with a common interest in historic, antique and classic boats, sharing fellowship, information, experience and exchange of ideas.

We are passionate about preserving, restoring and educating the public about classic and vintage boats.

Our mission is to preserve, restore and educate the public about classic boats. We are a 501(c)3 non-profit that raises money for scholarships for students who are learning about boat building, preservation and restoration so these skills are never lost.

How is the ACBS Organized?

The ACBS, a 501(c)3 non-profit, consists of individually organized chapters in the U.S., Canada, and France (but not limited to those locations), loosely controlled by an international volunteer Board of Directors.

There are 18 board members, with additional at-large directors. The various committees work together to further the mission of the organization and provide direction to the individual chapters.

The ACBS Board of Directors meets quarterly at differing regional locations. All meetings are open to all members. The Annual Meeting in the fall changes location from year to year.

There are several standing committees that govern different areas of the ACBS, with representatives from different chapters that serve for various terms. All Board members are volunteers and are not compensated for their time or travel expenses.

The ACBS Headquarters at Clayton, NY is staffed by Stacy Dasno, Office Supervisor and Jen Dennie, Administrative Support Specialist, as well as an executive director.

The ACBS Directory, published annually or provided on-line to ACBS members, provides specific information regarding committees, committee members, and the ACBS Mission.