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.

Groups announce upcoming webinars

Boating Writers International’s next webinar, designed to bring writers and vendors together to improve press coverage of new marine products and boats, is set for 2 p.m. (EDT) Wednesday. The idea for the presentation emerged from a meeting of BWI directors where they discussed concerns about the high volume of news conferences and product introductions…more

ABYC unveils new webinar schedule

The American Boat and Yacht Council released its webinar schedule for May through August. The first event is with Kevin Ritz on the Fundamentals of Marine Electricity at 1 p.m. May 12. Ritz will touch upon highlights from the “West Coast” Basic Electric class that he has been teaching for years. The cost is $49…more

ABYC publishes guide in Spanish

The American Boat & Yacht Council announced its first publication in a series of technical resources that was translated into Spanish. The Brunswick Boat Group partnered with ABYC to produce and publish the USCG Compliance Guidelines. The guidelines cover federal requirements for ignition protection, grounding, batteries, conductors in circuits of less than 50 volts and…more

ABYC offers free webinars in April

The American Boat & Yacht Council will provide no-cost access to its April webinar series on a global basis. This offer is extended to the first 1,000 registrants for each webinar. “This is our way of encouraging all levels of our industry to participate and learn firsthand of the quality of our webinar series, as…more

ABYC adds R.I. school to standards group

The American Boat and Yacht Council added the New England Institute of Technology in Warwick, R.I., to its Marine League of Schools. The addition brings to six the number of post-secondary institutions that belong to the league for the delivery of standards-based technical work force education and training. The league was established in 2009 to…more

ABYC members offered BoatU.S. discounts

The American Boat and Yacht Council signed an agreement with BoatU.S., launching a cooperative group program that gives ABYC members more than 26 additional benefits and services at a reduced rate. As part of the BoatU.S. cooperating group program, ABYC members receive a 50 percent discount on their annual BoatU.S. membership dues, either as a…more

ABYC to hold annual meeting in Annapolis

The American Boat & Yacht Council will hold its 2011 annual meeting at 5:30 p.m. March 24 at the historic Annapolis Maritime Museum on the shores of Back Creek in Annapolis, Md. ABYC’s membership, which includes boatbuilders, surveyors, boatyards, insurance companies, marinas, dealerships and manufacturers, will gather to welcome new board members, recognize departing ones…more

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

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