ABYC

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 offers certification program on CD

  The American Boat & Yacht Council now offers a self-study, CD-based Electrical Certification program in partnership with the Ken Cook Co., an ISO-certified provider of technical publications. This new distance-learning course is intended to lower the overall cost for marine technicians to become ABYC-certified. “This self-study course makes economic sense for service technicians, boatyards,…more

ABYC appeals to industry for fundraising drive

The American Boat and Yacht Council Foundation’s annual fundraising drive could raise more than $30,000 this year with the promise of a guaranteed matching gift for reaching $15,000 in donations. The foundation’s chairman, Joe Charles of Charles Industries, issued an industry-wide challenge. “Many in our industry don’t realize how important a role the ABYC Foundation…more

ABYC schedules courses at Mystic Seaport

The American Boat and Yacht Council will conduct courses in December and February at Mystic Seaport in Mystic, Conn. The Marine Systems Certification Course will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Dec. 14-17. It will draw key information from 21 council standards as they apply to boat component selection and installation. The course…more

Former ABYC president was known for sharing knowledge

Former American Boat and Yacht Council president Jack Riggleman, of Fort Myers Beach, Fla., passed away Sept. 3. He was 82. Riggleman attended the University of Michigan and graduated with degrees in naval architecture and marine engineering. He was a presidential appointee to the Coast Guard Boating Safety Advisory Council and he served as a…more

ABYC shifts report access to its website

The American Boat and Yacht Council announced that beginning in late July the primary method of accessing the newest edition of the Standards and Technical Information Reports for Small Craft will be the new WebSTIR link on its website. All ABYC members will have unlimited access to WebSTIR on the “Members Only” side of the…more

ABYC announces summer webinars

The American Boat and Yacht Council is offering three webinars this summer: “Changes to Marine Fuel Systems,” “Basic Electrical Fundamentals Every Technician Must Know,” and “ABYC Standards Supplement 50.” “Changes to Marine Fuel Systems” is set for 1 p.m. (Eastern time) June 29. Attendees are invited to join the ABYC technical department for an overview…more

Westlawn Institute launches new scholarships, grants

The Westlawn Institute of Marine Technology today announced the most substantial grant and scholarship program in its 80-year history. According to Westlawn director Dave Gerr, for qualifying students, the Kathy and Jerry Wood Scholarship Fund could reduce tuition rates for qualifying students to levels not seen since the early 1980s. This program has been made…more

ABYC hosting fuel systems seminar

The American Boat and Yacht Council is holding a webinar June 29 on “Changes to Marine Fuel Systems.” The public is invited to join the ABYC technical department for an overview on the current status of marine fuel systems and the new government regulations affecting these systems. The Environmental Protection Agency and the California Air…more

ABYC offers advanced electrical course

The American Boat and Yacht Council is offering a four-day course in marine electrical certification July 13-16 at the College of the Albemarle in Manteo, N.C. The ABYC course is geared toward experienced technicians with at least three to five years experience working with marine electricity who are familiar with ABYC electrical standards. Boatbuilders, marine…more

Marine education events roundup

The Yacht Brokers Association of America is offering four regional Yacht Brokerage University events this year. Each full-day session will feature a variety of technology, marketing and sales presentations as well as discussion forums, networking and topics of local value to attending yacht brokers and industry leaders. Events are scheduled for July 20 at the…more

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