2018

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In 2018, the UK has seen an exceptional summer, which many of our members have made the most of.   Even as we enter the start of winter and the daylight hours shorten, some will still keep their boat in commission to snatch that rare crisp bright day for a short trip out.

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The year has seen an excellent growth in association membership, now totalling over 90, of which 70 are Corvette owners and 22 previous or potential owners.   As there were over 160 Corvettes made, there is still some headroom to further increase membership.  New members are always welcome.  Our overseas membership has grown to 11 members, spanning 7 countries.

Over the last few years, brokerage listings have reflected the demand for Corvettes with fewer and fewer of the more recent models coming on the market and when they do, they are usually sold quickly.   Buyers new to the brand are becoming increasingly aware of the virtues of this classic boat, with its unusually spacious and versatile accommodation inside and out as well as safe and easy working around the wide side decks together with easy access to the flybridge.

This year the association held two lunches, in the spring and autumn, both hosted by Chichester Yacht Club.   These were well attended and provided a chance to meet old friends and make new ones, as well as exchanging Corvette ideas and experiences.  The autumn meeting was particularly memorable due to the incredible weather – more like summer.

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Several of our members are embarking on ambitious and painstaking restoration projects, and some have already invested significantly in bringing these great boats back to pristine condition – they are worth it!   Here’s to 2019.

Please note the prior entries here have been moved to the Archive page so are still available to read if of interest.

 

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Welcome Corvetteers

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The Corvette motorboat attracts an especially loyal following of enthusiastic owners and an informal owners group was first started in 2004 but effectively ceased to operate from 2010.

The group was revived in 2014. Through boating journals, the YBW Motorboat forum, this Corvette Motorboat Association website and other contacts, now more Corvette enthusiasts are joining the group and now to date (Dec 2018) the registered membership totals over 90 with Corvette models ranging from the mid 1970s to 2010.  (The chart below shows 320/32 owners only – but we have one additional 340 member with a 2010 boat)

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Those who either have had Corvette experience in the past, or are looking to own a Corvette in the future, are also welcome to join as Associate Members. The group was formally named in Jan 2016, as the “Corvette Motorboat Association” and this new website was created.

The website contains detailed history & design details of the Corvette, a comprehensive gallery of photos and drawings, information on suppliers and maintenance, plus a section dedicated to upgrades, hints & tips.

Members also regularly exchange information, knowledge and experience by direct contact through the membership list, which is circulated privately amongst registered members.

Owners meet socially via organised lunches & dinners at various venues as well as on informal rallies to various destinations. Whereas most member boats are UK Solent-based, others who are active here in the UK are in Plymouth, Torquay, Christchurch, Poole, Swansea, Guernsey, Jersey, Thames, Eastbourne, Gillingham, Ipswich, Burnham, N. Ireland, Northumberland and Scotland.   We also have a number of  members based in Ireland, France, Denmark, Norway,  Finland, Canada and Malaysia.  The current membership distribution by berth location is shown for interest in the chart below.

CMA members by location

 

Details of how to join the Corvette Motorboat Association can be found in another section of this website, under “About, contact & how to join us”.

This is your website about your boats, so please tell us what you would like to see on here and we will try to accommodate it. Original photos are always welcome along with stories and logs of your voyages, maintenance, problems, upgrades, equipment, etc.

Trevor

corvetteboat@virginmedia.com