Chris-Craft Antique Boat Club Membership Information
JoinThe Chris-Craft Antique Boat Club was formed to be of assistance to our more than 3,600 members throughout the world. Most of our members own Chris-Crafts, but that is not a prerequisite to membership. We welcome anyone with an interest in classic and antique Chris-Crafts or classic boats in general.
The Chris-Craft Antique Boat Club is dedicated to research, documentation, and preservation of all classic Chris-Craft boats. As the longest-standing marque club in the world, our purpose is to exchange information, build camaraderie among members, and provide education about classic Chris-Crafts.
The Chris-Craft Antique Boat Club is recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) organization, which authorizes our club to extend tax-exemption credit to persons making contributions or gifts—in the same manner as other educational institutions, churches and charities. We are happy to accept catalogs, archival information and/or monetary donations. The club would also consider gifts and contributions of boats and larger items depending upon their location and their potential for club projects.
Application ProcessThe membership application process is very simple. An online application can be found here. Use this form to sign up for the Chris-Craft Antique Boat Club and send payment online! Your transaction will be handled securely through Paypal, which allows you to pay with a credit card. Electronic application and payment will allow you to access all member features immediately.
If you would like to sign up through traditional postal mail or pay with a check, please use our printable PDF membership form. Download and print the form, fill in the fields, and send with payment by regular mail. Chris-Craft Antique Boat Club membership is $50.00 USD per year, for U.S. residents. Annual membership for non-U.S. members is $65.00 USD.
Mail your paper application and payment to:
Chris-Craft Antique Boat ClubAttn: Membership Correspondence
3705 Gordon Ave.
St. John, MO 63114-4059
Online Membership RenewalYour Chris-Craft Antique Boat Club membership can be renewed online. If you already have your online User Name and Password, and are already taking advantage of all of the online benefits (see below), then you are all set. All you need to do to renew your membership is to go to www.chris-craft.org/renew. Once there, enter your Username and Password, and review your Club Account Information. If everything is correct, you can proceed to the payment options.
If you do not have a Chris-Craft Antique Boat Club Username and Password, it may be that you have not activated your online account yet. This is a one time process, and it requires a six-digit activation key. This activation key is included on all of your Club renewal mailings. Or click here if you would like to request your activation key. If you already have a Club Username and Password, there is no need for you to reactivate. Account activation is a one time process.
Change of InformationYou can change your Club account information online—at any time. For example, if you travel between Winter and Summer addresses, you can quickly update your member records, ensuring your Club mailings, including The Brass Bell will reach you at all times. Also, if you change your Email address, or phone number, changing your Club information is just a click away. Just go to www.chris-craft.org/account Enter your Username and Password, and you will be taken to your personal Account Information screen. Change the information that you need to, click "Submit Changes," and you will immediately see your edits reflected in our Club database.
Member BenefitsAs a part of the Chris-Craft Antique Boat Club family, you are extended benefits that are reserved for members only. Chris-Craft Antique Boat Club members are part of an international network that work together to gather information, solve problems, and share hints relative to classic boats.
Chris-Craft Antique Boat Club Web SiteThe Chris-Craft Antique Boat Club maintains a Club Web site. The site features helpful information on frequently asked questions, and also has links to Chris-Craft Antique Boat Club partners who can help with many aspects of restoration. Another popular feature of the Club Web site is the Events Calendar. We take pride in presenting a comprehensive calendar of Antique and Classic Boating events.
Online Member DirectoryThe Chris-Craft Antique Boat Club has developed a very sophisticated, and easy to use Online Member Directory. This directory is available to all Chris-Craft Antique Boat Club members. The directory can be browsed alphabetically, or searched via keyword. Directory listings can also be filtered by Boat Buzz users only, and users with hulls registered in the Online Hull Registry (see below). Additionally, the Online Member Directory can be browsed by Last Name, State/Province, or by Country.
Online Hull RegistryYour membership in the Chris-Craft Antique Boat Club also provides you with access to the Online Hull Registry. This important resource has been developed by the Chris-Craft Antique Boat Club to catalog all Antique and Classic boats, regardless of age or make. The Online Hull Registry can be browsed by Make, Model, Year, Length, or Boat Name. The Registry can also be searched using a simple keyword search.
There are also powerful filtering options that enable the user to "stack" filter options on top of each other. For example, you can filter the Registry by year, "1941", by make, "Chris-Craft", and by model, "Custom Runabout". Only those boats matching all of the filter criteria will be shown. Each Online Hull Registry listing can contain up to 100 photos, and contains information about the boat owner, history, and current condition. The Hull Registry cross references to the Member Directory, giving a thorough overview of the boats and their owners.
The Brass Bell Quarterly MagazineMembers receive an annual subscription to our club magazine, The Brass Bell, a high-quality color magazine that is published quarterly. Each issue features stories, photographs, and historical documentation targeted specifically to the classic boat enthusiast.
TradingDock.orgThere is also an online version of the Trading Dock. TradingDock.org is the most visited and trusted online marketplace for antique and classic boats, and related items. You can place an ad online at TradingDock.org in a matter of minutes for a very low cost.
Your ad can have a lengthy description (up to 2,500 words) and can include up to six photos. Your TradingDock.org ad will include a "Contact Seller" link, and a "Tell a Friend" link that will help get your message out to the masses.
As well, you may opt to upgrade your TradingDock.org ad to a "Featured Ad" for a nominal upgrade fee. "Featured Ads" are displayed in a separate table at the top of TradingDock.org search results pages.
You do not have to be a Chris-Craft Antique Boat Club member to place a Trading Dock ad. Of course we'd prefer it if you were!
Antique & Classic Boat WikiAnother development of the Chris-Craft Antique Boat Club is the Antique & Classic Boat Wiki. This important resource offers an "encyclopedia-type" view of antique & classic boats. There are categories for important manufacturers. There are categories describing the evolution of power boating, and the milestones of eras.
There is a review of early Chris-Craft history, Chris-Craft Divisions, Hull Construction Types, Hull Classifications and Design Styles. The Antique & Classic Boat Wiki will be the place to find an historic account of antique and classic boating.
Online Historic ArchiveThe Chris-Craft Antique Boat Club Online Archive is under development. The Archive currently has over 50,000 pages of content online. The content can be accessed by browsing categories and titles, or by searching for keywords, and phrases. Documents can be browsed by thumbnail images. Each page can be expanded and downloaded as a high-resolution PDF document suitable for printing.
Boat Buzz Online Discussion ForumThe online discussion forum of The Chris-Craft Antique Boat Club is Boat Buzz. Boat Buzz has grown to over 4,200 online members and is growing by 6 to 10 new “Buzzers” per week.
Boat Buzz participants hail from 50 U.S. states, Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Belize, Bermuda, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Guatemala, Holland Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, and the United Kingdom.
As our membership continues to grow, and as our numbers increase outside of the United States, this online forum continues to play a very important role in Club communication. Boat Buzz topics can be reviewed by non-members, but participation in the discussion is reserved for members.
DiscountsYour Chris-Craft Antique Boat Club membership provides discounts from organizations who partner with us. Special arrangements have been made with partner organizations—in most cases resulting in savings that more than offset the cost of your Club membership.
Hagerty Insurance offers a Collector Boat Insurance program to owners of antique and classic boats. Your membership with the Chris-Craft Antique Boat Club will earn you policy discounts in many cases. Hagerty Insurance can be reached on the Web at www.hagerty.com/marine.
BoatU.S. memberships are offered to Club members at a discounted rate. BoatU.S. offers boat financing, marina discounts, a bimonthly magazine, and operates the largest towing fleet in the nation. BoatU.S. can be reached on the Web at www.boatus.com.
Hertz Rental, through a special relationship with the Chris-Craft Antique Boat Club, offers members discounts and upgrade offerings on car rentals. Go to hertz.com.
We will be adding more benefits in the future. When we do, you'll see them here. With warmest regards,
Chris-Craft Antique Boat Club