Like it or not, it seems clear that the Brass Bell (and timely delivery of same) is a very key component of the value proposition presented by a membership in this club. I like getting the magazine and reading it thoroughly. You think it takes a while to get now, try being up here in Canada - wow. I also love the archive and the Boat Buzz, so it is a "sum of parts" for me. I enjoy researching particular boats and other aspects of history.
I can say this - as newcomers to this hobby just a few years ago, the thing that attracted us the most was the friendly, engaging manner of almost all participants, not just the "leaders". That goes for both the ACBS and the CCABC, and there is some crossover, at least between the two. I still find that friendliness be the case today. I like the shows, the archive, the chat room - I like most things about the hobby in fact. But, I think that a "virtual" club has limitations. Most people, no matter what technology is there, also like first person engagement as a compliment to the virtual-only experience. I like using my boats and getting out with folks who also like to use theirs, it is not just about reading a screen or waiting on a magzine.
1926 Mullins 16' Outboard Special
1940 CC 19'Custom
1946 Gar Wood 22' 6" Sedan
1946 16' Peterbrough Falcon
1947 CC 16' Special Runabout
1947 Chris Craft 22' Sportsman
1948 CC 25' Sportsman Sedan
1959 Feather Craft Islander Express Cruiser
1961 CC 21' Continental
1965 Glastron Futura 500 V -164
1965 CC Sea Skiff 24'