ABYC amends electrical standard

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The American Boat & Yacht Council will publish a technical amendment to the July 2008 version of its Electrical Standard, E-11, AC and DC Electrical Systems on Boats.

The amendment only applies to section E-11.11.1 and its subsections, and specifically addresses a new device, the Equipment Leakage Circuit Interrupter (ELCI). It will appear in the upcoming 2009-10 edition of the ABYC Standards and Technical Information Reports for Small Craft, which is annually provided to ABYC members.

The amendment, which will appear as a “Note” in both the leading paragraph and prior to section E-11.11.1 in the soon-to-be-released edition of the ABYC Standards, reads as follows:

“NOTE July 2009 Technical Amendment: Based on ABYC’s assessment of the existing technology regarding the Equipment Leakage Circuit Interrupter (ELCI), E-11.11.1 and its subparts carry a recommended compliance date of July 31, 2010.”

The recommended compliance date for all other portions of the July 2008 version of E-11 remains July 31, 2009. E-11 is on a three-year review cycle and will be republished again in July 2011.

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