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The Metal Boat Society, or abbreviated MBS, is a non-profit educational society. The mission of MBS is to provide important information about metal boats which is tailored to members needs. The highlights of this Society are:
MBS caters to metal boat enthusiasts. No matter what stage of development members find themselves:
there is likely to be value found within the Society. We hope you gain new insight into your personal interests thru this web site and other Society services and that you will return often. Time to renew Membership? Click Here.
Society members are found world-wide. The Society is comprised of two kinds of members:
All Members share interests in some aspect of metal as a component of boats. Expertise might fall to the design, construction, maintenance, repair or restoration, of metal boats. Even while cruising and other related activities, members turn to MBS to satisfy their interests. More about the perks of membership is found on the membership page.
The society is operated entirely by unpaid member volunteers, including an Executive Board and volunteers drawn from members worldwide. Membership dues support the Quarterly, the Metal Boat Forum, and the website. Many affairs of the society are conducted at online "meetings."
MBS SOCIETY RESOURCES
Metal Boat Quarterly
The Metal Boat Quarterly, also known as the MBQ, is the only magazine devoted exclusively to metal boats. As one member remarked, "There's an education on metal boats in every issue." The MBQ is the flagship publication of the society. Members are invited to send letters, articles, comments or photos for inclusion in the magazine. Please feel free to (download a sample) of a recent publication.
The Quarterly is now available in either the traditional print version or online in PDF format. Both versions are identical with regards to content. Members opting for Internet delivery are invited to the on-line membership option. Click to see more information on the membership delivery options.
Metal Boat Festival
Each summer since MBS inception the society hosts the Metal Boat Festival event. The annual Metal Boat Festival provides an opportunity for members and other metal boat devotees to socialize and share information, experiences and talk shop. The three-day event is organized around a schedule of morning and afternoon learning events, with a traditional Friday eve BBQ, a Saturday eve boat walk, burger cook-out, boat rides and much more. Details of the event are posted at the website and announced in the MBQ.
In recent spring times a second smaller event, the Mini Fest has been held at various locations. Here again metal boat enthusiasts get to rub shoulders. It's a simpler event, no technical classes, yet it remains important.
Online Boat Forum
This Metal Boat Society web site includes the Metal Boat Forum, which contains the Internet's most extensive collection of feature articles and member posts directly related to metal boats. It provides an extensive knowledge base in the over 10,000 recorded posts and also acts as a medium for discussion and information exchange. The extent of the information available here simply defies description! It is our hope that the information disseminated here will be of help to those who share our enthusiasm for this wonderfully diverse and incredibly durable method of vessel construction.
Some of the most experienced and well-known yacht designers in the world contribute on a regular basis, along with seasoned amateurs and professionals from all areas of vessel construction, operation, repair and maintenance. If you have questions about any aspect of metal boats, this is the place to be!
Online Ship's Store
The newest addition to the society's online presence is the online Ship's Store. Here you can sign up for new or renewal memberships and order stylish MBS logowear, burgees, nautical and how-to books and reports, and those ever-popular back issues of the Metal Boat Quarterly.
The Ship's Store features online credit/debit card processing as well as checking account direct debiting. No more faxing and mailing!