Welcome to the Classic Yacht Association!

The Classic Yacht Association is dedicated to the promotion, preservation, restoration, and maintenance of fine, old, power-driven pleasure craft.

Since 1969 the CYA has become a major influence in the growing awareness and appreciation of the classic motoryacht.  The Association is very active with a yearly agenda of yachting and social activities that focus on the unique craftsmanship and designs of the classic era.  The Association and its various fleets are active in a yearly agenda of yachting and social activities that focus attention on the unique craftsmanship and design of the classic era.   More . . .

Upcoming CYA Events

PNW Thanksgiving Cruise

PNW Thanksgiving Cruise

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  • Pacific Northwest
Friday, November 23, 2018
CYA Event

The Pacific Northwest Fleet of the Classic Yacht Association invites you to the annual Thanksgiving Cruise, Friday, November 23 at the Husky Stadium Floats, starting at 1100 hours. 

Our traditional progressive Thanksgiving Leftover Potluck will begin at 1400.  In the spirit of the holidays, participants are asked to bring some non-perishable food items for those less fortunate.  The crew of Maranee will deliver them to a local food bank.

Members and friends from outside the Seattle area are welcome to ride along aboard one of our local classics. 

Please join us for this relaxing lake cruise. 

For more information, contact Jim or Margie Paynton, at 206-937-6211, or at jpaynton1@mindspring.com

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PNW Christmas Cruise

PNW Christmas Cruise

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  • Pacific Northwest
Saturday, December 8, 2018
Non CYA Event


Christmas cruise boats
It’s time to get into the holiday boating spirit and join your fellow CYA members for the 2018 Holiday Cruise and 46th Annual Chet Gibson Memorial Lighted Boat Parade, December 8th!  The parade route no longer passes by Husky Dock, so lucky for us Queen City Yacht Club, which hosts the parade, has graciously invited CYA members to participate in the parade and offered us guest moorage at Queen City’s guest dock afterwards where we can join the festivities at the club, including a BYOB potluck dinner followed by dancing to the music of Queen City’s own “house band,” The Desolation Sounds!  How fun is that!???

Not in the mood to expose your beloved classic yacht to the winter elements?  No problem!  Be Marcine and Will’s guest on TAHOE, their 1962 Chris Craft Constellation, where we’ll watch the parade from Lake Union and then dock at Queen City for the party.  Guests on TAHOE are limited to the first 20 to RSVP.  

Please RSVP by November 30th  to marcineh@comcast.net for either the TAHOE cruise OR if you’d like to bring your boat to participate in the parade.  Moorage at Queen City is limited so RSVP early to secure your spot. (Moorage is available during the party but not overnight.)

Saturday, December 8th; Parade starts at 6pm at the Green buoy by Gasworks Park; Queen City Potluck 7:30 BYOB; Dancing 8:30 – 11.  Further details can be found at queencity.org/event/chet-gibson-lighted-boat-parade-and-electric-christmas-ball

Any questions? Please email or call Marcine at (206) 854-3254.  

Happy Holidays!  


Contact Name: 

Marcine Hull & Will Ratcliff

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PNW New Years Eve at Center for Wooden Boats
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2019 CYA Change of Watch Weekend

2019 CYA Change of Watch Weekend

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Thursday, January 17, 2019 to Sunday, January 20, 2019
CYA Event

Eureka! Exploring the Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers

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Welcome to the 2019 Annual CYA Change of Watch Weekend, hosted by the Northern California Fleet. The Hub of all of the weekend events is the COW Hotel, the famous Delta King Riverboat, moored in “Old Town Sacramento” on the Sacramento River


  • Delta King Riverboat Hotel is the center of this year's meeting. 1000 Front Street, Sacramento
    Hotel 916-444-5464 or 800-825-5464  SPECIFY CYA2019 When making a reservation.
    Room rates from $148.00 ($186.44 w/tax) to $198.00 ($227.71 w/tax)
    Queen beds only, includes breakfast. 
  • Kimpton-Sawyer Hotel, 500 J Street, Sacramento
    Reservations 877-678-6255; Hotel 916-545-7100
    Group rate $209.00 ($267.52 w/tax) (12 rooms have been held at this price on a first reserve, first served basis—after these rooms are taken, the hotel has agreed to provide a lesser discount) 

​​​​Airport Transportation: 

Sacramento Airport is approximately 30 minutes from the hotel. Taxi, rideshare and shuttles available. 

Schedule of Events:

Thursday, January 17:

     Arrive at hotels — 6:00 p.m. Welcome in the Delta King Bar

Friday, January 18:

Tour of the Haggin Museum in Stockton, CA.  Depart Sacramento Hotel assemble at the hotel at 8:30, departure at 9 a.m. One hour bus ride to Stockton. Stephens Brothers Boat Builders is one of the most respected  names in boat design. When Stephens Brothers closed in 1987, the last of the company files and holdings were donated to The Haggin Museum. On display in the museum’s California room is a 1927 Stephens 26’ Runabout. Stephens Bros. boat owners and hobbyists consult The Haggin Museum's collection on a regular basis. The collection holding varies from boat to boat, but can include plans, advertisements, photographs, and hull files. Cost for the day: $55 per person.

Stop over for a hosted lunch at the home of Rusty Arieas in Walnut Grove.

Depart the Arieas home at 3:00 PM. Arrive at 4:00 at Sacramento hotel.

6:00 p.m. Welcome Party at the Sutter Club sponsored by the Northern California Fleet. 9th and L Streets.
Hors d’oeuvres and no host bar. 15 min walk or rides available to and from hotels. 

Saturday, January 19:

CYA Board Meeting at Hotel Venue 8:00 to 12:00—Breakfast provided.

Optional No Host Morning Tours (9-12):

Sacramento History Museum and Sacramento Underground. (Shawn Turner, 916-808-7973
Underground Tour requires advanced reservation. Please indicate on the registration form that you plan to attend. 
Cost is $15 per person. 
Railroad Museum in Old Sacramento. Cost estimate: Entrance fees: $12. 

Lunch On Your Own -  Many local restaurants to choose from. 

Hosted Delta River Cruise—1 hour cruise on the Sacramento River on Hornblower Yachts. 1:30 Departure.

Change of Watch Dinner 6:00 to 10 p.m. - Change of Watch dinner at the Delta King. No-host bar.

Sunday, January 20:

CYA Board Meeting at Hotel Venue 9:00 to 12:00

Lunch On Your Own 

Possible Tours: 

Sutter’s Fort (open daily 10AM to 5 PM) Adult tickets $5.00 

Crocker Art Museum and Historic Home. 216 O Street. 916-808-7000. cam@crockerart.org 

Wells Fargo Bank History Museum, two locations - 1000 2nd St (Old Sac.) 916-440-4263 Book a tour, and 400 Capitol Mall, Main Branch. 916-440-4161. Book a tour. Admission is free. 

California Automobile Museum, Old Sacramento, 2200 Front Street. 916-442-6802. Adults $10.00, Seniors, $9.00. 

Invitations and sign-ups will be sent out soon, but if you want to get a jump on your hotel reservations you can do so at any time. Call the Delta King at 916-444-5464 and check out their website for more information and photos of the ship. Be sure to tell the reservation desk that you are a CYA member to receive their special discounted room rate.

Looking forward to seeing everyone here in Sacramento in January!

Gerry Kamilos, Commodore NCCYA 2018.

Registration Page (CYA Member Login required)

Delta King

Contact Name: 

Nancy Clothier

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PNW Opening Day

PNW Opening Day

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  • Pacific Northwest
Saturday, May 4, 2019
Non CYA Event

Opening Day of Boating

Theme: TBD

Contact: Diane Lander

CYA members please register under the appropriate category and list CYA as your affiliation. 

The annual CYA cocktail party will be . . .

SYC Opening Day webpage


Contact Name: 

Diane Lander
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Welcome New Member Yachts

1943 136'
Southern California Fleet
Wild Goose

Wild Goose is a converted Minesweeper, formerly owned by John Wayne.  She is now used as a harbor tour vessel in Marina Del Rey, CA.

For complete history, please see the attachment below.

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1918 87'
Southern California Fleet

Built for Charles Ringling, of Ringling Brothers Circus, Zumbrota is now a harbor tour vessel in Marina Del Rey, California.

See the attachment below for her complete history.

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1908 58'
Pacific Northwest Fleet

Tusitala was built in 1908 in the Anderson Boat Yard in Seattle for John J Sessnon who owned the boat for just 4 years before he died. The boat was named Elizabeth at that time.

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1968 42'
Pacific Northwest Fleet

Sofia, a William Garden designed North Sea Trawler, was built by Gordy Hall and another shipwright over the course of 14 months and launched as GAY NINETIES in Sechelt, BC, in 1968.

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