I’m not a joiner, so why join?
Soon after purchasing my first classic boat many years ago, the first thing I did was join the ACBS (Antique & Classic Boat Society) and the Chris-Craft Antique Boat Club (as my first boat was a Chris-Craft Riviera). Now, I’ll be the first to admit I’m not normally a joiner but have from time to time been involved in other clubs where I had a particular interest and wanted to learn more about whatever I was interested in at the time.
Right from the git-go the first thing I noticed was how friendly and helpful all the other club members were in this classic boat club. Never before had I encountered people with such passion and selflessness in helping me get started in this great hobby of ours. To this day Jan and I retain many close and valued friendships developed from our early gatherings at our local chapter and then national events as well. It wasn’t long before we enjoyed going to any club event just to see our friends…even more so than the boats. Yeah, you heard me.
Soon we began calling our boating friends to see if they were going to an upcoming club event, were they going to take their boat, could we caravan together and help each other out, let’s have dinner or share an adult beverage that night, etc., etc. We had and still have a blast doing this. You might say we’ve always felt right at home in the club.
If you’re new to classic boating or been in this awhile and are not a member of the ACBS…please consider joining for your own sake. You’ll learn more about these great boats, their history, how to take care of them, get discounts on boat insurance, receive a terrific magazine on classic boats, and most of all…meet and make great new friends. Trust me, you will not regret it.
PS… If you are interested, here’s the link to the ACBS website: www.acbs.org. Click on ‘About ACBS’ and go to ‘join here’.