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Welcome to the Vintage Wooden Boat Association

Founded to promote the use, maintenance and restoration of wooden boats

Open to all wooden boats of any age

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Since the Association was set up over 900 boats have been entered into the Register, which is circulated to all members. Craft registered range from classic racing dinghies to wooden ships.

World wide membership

Our membership extends world wide and there are a number of Regional Sections holding regular meetings. The Association's policy is to encourage the start-up of additional local sections. We hold a National Rally where members are able to meet with or without their boat. We also meet at Boat Shows and other national events.

Pictorial and historical archive

The Association is currently compiling a pictorial and historical archive of registered craft, providing a valuable and lasting record for the future. We hope to make this available online to members in the coming months.

Keeping in touch with members

Our main link between members is through the magazine The Log containing articles written by members about their boats, experiences and views. We always welcome articles. The Editor is there to streamline the text if necessary so you don't need to be a genius to contribute! Advertising in The Log is also available.

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Examing Regulations affecting wooden boats

The Association plays an important part in examining incoming regulations that may affect vintage wooden boats and responding to consultation on these. We are affliated to the RYA and are associate members of the Parliamentary Waterways Group.


There is a range of regalia available: sweatshirts, polo and tee shirts, burgees, caps, enamelled badges and boat plates. This can be purchased at events or online at www.egomotifs.com.

Becoming a member

If you'd like to become a member of the VWBA, please complete our application form - remember the Association is open to all wooden boats of any age. You can join as an associate member if you do not have a wooden boat.

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Registration classes

Veteranpre 1915
Vintagepre 1940
Classic25 years +
Modernunder 25

Whilst you're here, why not take a look at this month's featured boat or perhaps have a peek at some of the restoration projects that our members have taken on.