The American Boat & Yacht Council was created in 1954 as a non-profit organization to develop safety standards for the design, construction, equipage, repair and maintenance of boats. The council's mission is to improve boating safety and reduce injuries and fatalities.

ABYC electrical seminar set for January

The American Boat and Yacht Council will hold a four-day program called Introduction to Basic Marine Electric and Corrosion Protection from Jan. 8-11 at the Connecticut Marine Trades Association facility in Essex, Conn. Instructor Dwight Escalera will present the newcomer to marine electrics with the basic information to get started in this area of marine…more

ABYC president says to ‘fend off government regulations’

The reason the American Boat and Yacht Council exists is to hold off government regulations by keeping boaters safe. That’s according to ABYC president John Adey, who told Soundings Trade Only that builders who participate by becoming members have more influence on how regulations get written. “Our customers and clients want less government and less…more

Webinar set for marina and boatyard operators

The American Boat and Yacht Council and the American Boat Builders and Repairers Association are hosting a webinar Thursday to address payment protection for boatyard and marina operators. Having the correct policies and contracts in place before work commences can be crucial to avoiding the frustrating of not being paid for services rendered, the ABYC…more

ABYC electrical seminar set for Rhode Island

The American Boat and Yacht Council and the New England section of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers are holding a seminar Nov. 15 in Warwick, R.I., to discuss AC ground faults, troubleshooting dock wiring and how to mitigate risks. ABYC educational programming director Ed Sherman will demonstrate the tools used to determine…more

ABYC issues new small-craft standards guide

The American Boat and Yacht Council’s Standards and Technical Information Reports for Small Craft with Supplement 52 is now available. “With new technology and the increasing complexity of boat systems, it is extremely important to have current and relevant standards to protect the boating public,” ABYC technical director Brian Goodwin said in a statement. Goodwin,…more

Second electrocution webinar set for next week

The American Boat and Yacht Council and the Association of Marina Industries are partnering to present additional safety information on electric shock drowning via a free live webinar. “Electric Shock Drowning — The Invisible Killer Part II — Marina Electrical Safety,” will be held July 31 from 1 to 3 p.m. EDT. The webinars come…more

ABYC hosts electrocution webinar

In response to recent electrocution tragedies that left four children dead in two separate incidents, the American Boat and Yacht Council is hosting a free webinar Wednesday titled “Electric Shock Drowning … the Invisible Killer.” The webinar will be held at 1 p.m. EDT Wednesday. Presenter Kevin Ritz, an ABYC instructor and electric shock drowning…more

ABYC offers electric-shock prevention tips

The American Boat and Yacht Council is offering information about safety, standards and legislation in response to recent electric shock drowning incidents in Tennessee and Missouri. The council said that it has been aware of and taken steps to mitigate electric shock drownings since 2008. The United States Coast Guard sponsored grants to ensure that…more

ABYC debuts online forum for marine technicians

The American Boat and Yacht Council and Westlawn Institute are offering a new online forum for ABYC-certified marine technicians. The effort is to enable certified technicians to have a place to share information and questions with each other and with ABYC education and technical department staff. “Exchanging and sharing information in this way will help…more


ABYC training at far less cost

Tailored to the new economy, Fast Trac cuts tech certification classroom time from four days to one Patrick Peck needs to update his already impressive resume. He became yard manager this year of Brewer Cove Haven Marina in Barrington, R.I., after serving as assistant manager for a decade. Now the American Boat and Yacht Council…more

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