Here’s an activity to include at one of your Chapter’s Boat Shows this year.

The Hagerty Judging Kit includes red caps and blue t-shirts for ten kids.  AND it also includes a bag of Hagerty lanyards, name tags, a pad of score sheets, a bag of Hagerty pens and a black marker for the kids to write their names on the name tags. The kit also includes a 1st(blue),2nd(red), and 3rd (white) place ribbons for the winners.

Hagerty Judging Kits are available from the ACBS Headquarters.  Call Headquarters (315) 686-2628 during business hours M-F 8-5 Eastern.

The picture above was taken at last summer’s Wine Country Chapter Show.  The leader, Blythe Jakubowski,  grew up doing “youth activities” at boat shows and now is the mentor for the next set of kids.

Depending on the age of the youth involved, parents are welcome to tag along.  Often, they learn, too, and are amazed at the observations of the “youth judges”.

What is learned by participating?

  • Knowledge of some nautical terms for some boat parts
  • Articulation of why and how objective judgments are made
  • How to build consensus through group discussion
  • Appreciation for details

Those are pretty serious life skills – but most of all the Judging by Youth activity is so much FUN!  It’s a good “draw” if promoted to the public as a family event with “youth activities”.  That way, visiting a boat show is for the whole family.

Youth judges, judging Chris Craft Silver Arrow at the Portage Lakes 2017 Annual Show.

Water Wonderland Show 2017 Youth judging a hydroplane

A whole scout troop participated in Judging by Youth at the Hopatcong Chapter event.  It looks like they are all documenting their observations!


This top-level sponsor of ACBS does SO much for the vintage boating community!

At the International level, the Hagerty sponsorship supports ACBS financially. Plus they contribute information for our knowledge and awareness. They sponsor a “Safety Award” given at the ACBS Annual Meeting each year.

At the Chapter level, Hagerty provides the Judging Kits for Youth.  They also support chapters by advertising in chapter publications.

For individuals, Hagerty Classic Boat Insurance website is a place to get a valuation for your boat. And every active ACBS member will get a 10% discount their entire insurance premium which includes Agreed Value of boat, liability, uninsured boater, commercial towing, boat, trailer, etc.

Beyond that, Hagerty Classic Boat Insurance, led by Carla Gernhofer, will know your name and your boat(s) and share your passion.

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