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 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

ABYC names new president

The American Boat and Yacht Council named John Adey president of the boating standards organization during the board of directors’ recent annual meeting. “With John Adey at the helm, ABYC is in extremely capable hands,” board chairman George Bellwoar said in a statement. “In his three months as interim president he has proven his ability…more

ABYC elects officers, board members

Perko vice president of sales and marketing George Bellwoar was elected to serve a second term as chairman of the American Boat and Yacht Council. Bellwoar has more than 30 years of marine OEM and aftermarket industry experience, encompassing the recreational, commercial and military segments. In addition to his service to ABYC, he previously served…more

Webinar to review new OSHA standards

The American Boat Builders & Repairers Association is collaborating with the American Boat and Yacht Council to bring ABYC’s new webinar training format to ABBRA members. The first ABBRA/ABYC webinar, titled “Environmental, Health, and Safety Compliance, an Investment in your Company,” is scheduled for 1 p.m. (EST) on Dec. 7. The initial live, interactive online…more

Groups offer upcoming marine technical courses

The American Boat & Yacht Council will host three technical seminar sessions next week at the Marine Equipment Trade Show at the Amsterdam RAI. The seminar schedule is as follows: Marine Applications of Lithium Batteries Today Noon, Wednesday RAI Room E104 Presenter: Ed Sherman, ABYC director of curriculum What’s New in Marine Composite Applications 2…more

ABYC adds electrical course to lineup

The American Boat and Yacht Council added another course to its schedule. Basic Marine Electrical will be held from Aug. 30-Sept. 1 at Sure Marine in Seattle. This three-day course is designed for the marine professional who is an electrical novice with minimal or no electrical experience. Topics include basic theory, alternators, battery charger and…more

ABYC course, study guide offered in Spanish

The American Boat and Yacht Council announced that its laminator course and accompanying study guide are now available in Spanish. The ABYC is offering the course using a translator for the first time on site in Spanish to all boatbuilders, composite manufacturers, government agencies and associations in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and Mexico.…more

ABYC offers certification program on DVD

The American Boat and Yacht Council has released the newest self-study, DVD-based Electrical Certification program for the marine industry’s work force, in partnership with the Ken Cook Co., an ISO-certified provider of technical publications. The new distance-learning course is intended to substantially lower the overall cost for marine technicians to become ABYC-certified. “This self-study course…more

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