Founded in 1967, CABBS brings together people who share a passion for building, sailing, paddling, and motoring in boats. Through meetings, outings, and a lending library, members have an opportunity to learn and have fun with those who share a similar interest. Visitors are always welcome at CABBS activities.

CABBS is an active chapter of the Traditional Small Craft Association.

CABBS Membership

All CABBS members share a passion for messing with something floating on the water. A number of members have build boats, some have built to their own designs. Other members have restored boats. Some simply have a boat they are fond of and enjoy being with others who appreciate the pleasures of a small craft.

At meetings and boating events throughout the year, members have a chance to mix with those who share similar interests and talk shop. In addition, members receive a monthly newsletter and have access to the CABBS boatbuilding and cruising library. Visitors are always welcome at CABBS meetings and events.

Membership in CABBS entitles you to receive our monthly newsletter either by e-mail or postal mail. You’ll stay informed of upcoming events and get in on the activities you might have missed. In addition, membership entitles you to attend Hot Dog Day, our spring time feast opening the boating season.

Where ever you are in the world, if you have an interest in boats, you are welcome to be a member of CABBS. Annual dues are $25 US. You may download the membership form as a PDF or Word document.

For more information about CABBS contact our president, Ric Altfather.

CABBS Board 2016

  • President: Ric Altfather
  • Treasurer: Chip Caine
  • Secretary / Newsletter Editor: Jim Jackson
  • Librarian / Boat Show Coordinator: Jim Batteiger
  • Summer Events: Jim Batteiger
  • Winter Events: Ric Altfather
  • Youth Programs: Mike Latham
  • Webmaster: Ed Neal


For matters regarding the library contact:
Jim Batteiger
Phone: (440)-729-9790


For matters regarding the web site contact:
Ed Neal
Phone (440) 871-0334


If you are trying to find a good home for marine related books, tools, artifacts or even an old boat, contact CABBS President, Ric Altfather, 440-572-3365.