Membership Information

Interested in joining the ACBS?  Have a friend who would like to join?  The ACBS Chesapeake Bay Chapter (CBC) welcomes all new members from age 1 to 100. Some of the many benefits of membership include:


  • Annual Membership Directory
    A comprehensive listing of ACBS members and their contact information.  This is a great resource for those who are restoring or preserving an antique or classic boat.
  • The ACBS Rudder
    Annual membership includes four issues of the Antique & Classic Boat Society’s official magazine.
  • Marine Insurance at a discount
    ACBS members are eligible for a 10% premium discount on boats insured through Hagerty Classic Marine Insurance, Inc.
  • Invitations to chapter events throughout the year.
  • Information about related events in and around the Chesapeake Bay area.


Boat ownership is not required!  Only an interest in antique and classic boats and a desire to make new friendships are needed to join us.


The ACBS/Chesapeake Bay Chapter’s Annual Boat Festival is held every Fathers’ Day weekend at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michael’s, Maryland.  This event is fun for the whole family!  Come see more than 100 antique and classic boats displayed in the water and on land, shop with our 60+ artisans and vendors, attend seminars focused on the restoration and preservation of antique and classic boats, and bring the kids to participate in some kid-friendly maritime activities.


Our members love to use their boats and explore the beautiful Chesapeake Bay and its tributary rivers!  Join us for any of our River Run events scheduled throughout the warm months. Don’t have a boat? No problem! Our members are always happy to welcome guests aboard their boats for a day of boating and camaraderie.


The annual Oktoberfest river run and picnic marks the end of the boating season for us.  While the weather may not always cooperate, a little rain doesn’t stop us from enjoying good food and drink and the company of good friends.


This is only a sample of our typical activities. Check out our calendar of events.

Join Us!


Go online to conveniently join or renew both your membership in ACBS International as well as your membership(s) in the local ACBS chapters, like Chesapeake Bay,  You can hold membership in as many of the local (“sister”) chapters that interest you. For example, many of our Ches Bay members also have annual memberships in the Philadelphia and Sunnyland chapters.
To join, go to the National web site at then select “Join”.  Be sure to select ChesapeakeBay as your home chapter.  The ACBS International dues are $50 and the Chesapeake Bay Chapter dues are $25.  Remember that you must have an ACBS International membership if you also want to join ours or any of the other local chapters.


If you prefer to use regular mail, you can print out and complete a copy of the ACBS application form.  Make your check for $75 payable to ACBS and mail it with your completed application to:

ACBS International Headquarters
ATTN: Membership
422 James Street
Clayton, NY 13624

For questions or more information, please send an email to
Thank you for your interest.  We look forward to meeting you at an upcoming event!