ACBS is the premier organization to join for people who want to learn, participate and enjoy the fun of classic & vintage boating.

For over 40 years, we have been an international family oriented, non-profit (501-c-3) boating society that is devoted to the preservation, restoration and education about classic boating. Ownership of a classic boat is not a requirement for membership!

With over 14,000 members, ACBS brings people with this common interest together to share fellowship, information, experiences and ideas. Over 100 ACBS sponsored antique boat shows are held each year throughout North America. Add to these the many hands-on workshops, symposiums, cruises, parties, trips and meetings, and you will see-there truly is something for everyone.

Joining ACBS and your local chapter entitles you to the many benefits listed below!

Join ACBS and your local chapter to make lifelong friends, share the experiences of traveling and cruising in new bodies of water and sharing our mission of preservation, restoration and education!


The value you will receive as an ACBS member:

  • A sense of international community where pride, information, and enjoyment are shared.
  • Access, for members only, to a searchable Directory of members and boats online or in printed form.
  • Access online (again, for members only) to an ever expanding Video Library covering preservation and restoration techniques for boats and engines.
  • Immediate access to sources for supplies and service, some with discounts, and resources for knowledge needed to help resolve vintage boat restoration, maintenance and operational problems.
  • Subscription to the ACBS quarterly magazine, RUDDER, which carries news of current events in the vintage boating community as well as historic, restoration and other articles of interest.
  • A network of multigenerational, intriguing friends . . . genuine friends . . . because there’s just something authentic about classic boat people.

As an ACBS member you support:

  • Promoting interest in the vintage boat hobby, making your investment in the hobby even more valuable.
  • Continuing education of our membership in the stewardship of preservation and restoration of vintage boats and boating.
  • A scholarship program for students enrolled in accredited schools who are seriously interested in developing and perfecting the knowledge and skills needed to sustain vintage boat “know-how” into the future.
  • The expansion of events where members and the public will experience the pleasure of vintage boats and boating.

Valuable discounts for ACBS members (proof of membership is required):

  • A 10% discount on insurance premiums for antique and classic boat insurance purchased through Hagerty Classic Marine Insurance.  Call Hagerty at 800-762-2628 for more information
  • Hertz special discount rates on rentals in US, Canada and worldwide.  Discount coupons for upgrades and weekly rentals.
  • Bob Speltz Real Runabouts books – 20% discount when purchased through headquarters
  • Boat/US – A 50% discount on membership.
  • Antique Boat Shop  – $250 discount on complete refinish
  • Custom Marine  – Custom bilge pump with major service
  • CD’s Engine Service  – 5% labor discount on complete engine rebuild
  • Macatawa Bay Boatworks  – 10% discount on leather interiors, 5% discount on new trailers
  • Antique Boat Center – 10% discount on all chrome work plus FREE oil change for winterization or summarization
  • Sierra Boat Works – 5% off on parts
  • Hall’s Boat Corp. – 5% off a full restoration