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 publishes guide to EPA regulations

The American Boat and Yacht Council announced today that the first edition of its newest publication “EPA Regulations for Recreational Boats” is now on sale. The publication provides a convenient source for the laws and regulations that govern the design and construction of boats in consideration of fuel and exhaust emissions. The excerpts of government…more

Marine insurance workshop set for Annapolis

A marine insurance seminar will be held Thursday, Dec. 3 at the Calvert House in Annapolis, Md. Sponsored by the American Boat and Yacht Council and the Mid-Atlantic Mariners Club, the seminar offer attendees the ability to earn up to eight continuing education units. Four hours will be dedicated to towing and salvage and four hours…more

ABYC offers lower rate on courses

The American Boat and Yacht Council is offering two-for-one pricing on certification courses through December in select areas of the country. When an organization or individual signs up for an ABYC course, a second student can attend the course at no additional charge. An additional fee of $225 will be assessed for the second student…more

Carolina technician receives ABYC certification

John Henderson of Paul Mann Custom Boats in Manns Harbor, N.C., was recently designated a master technician by the American Boat and Yacht Council. Henderson attended months of training and certification processes involving electrical systems, refrigeration/air conditioning and marine corrosion. He has been working as a systems installation supervisor with Mann for more than three…more

Prop group’s convention set for November

The National Marine Propeller Association will hold its annual national convention Nov. 6-8 in Las Vegas at the Orleans Hotel & Casino. Keynote speakers will include Skip Burdon, president of the American Boat and Yacht Council, and Don MacPherson, technical director of HydroComp. The 17th annual convention will include a series of seminars focusing on…more

Technician receives ABYC certification

Jon Morris recently completed his American Boat & Yacht Council certification training to become Deltaville Boatyard’s sixth ABYC Master Certified Technician. The ABYC Master Technician designation is for ABYC-certified technicians who have successfully passed at least three of ABYC’s certification exams. “We believe that enrolling our marine technicians in ABYC’s training programs will help increase…more

ABYC offers electrical certification class

The American Boat and Yacht Council is holding an electrical certification class Oct. 6-9 at the Automotive Training Center in Warminister, Pa. This four-day course is designed for the experienced technician with at least three years experience working with marine electricity. The student needs to be very familiar with ABYC electrical standards. Course topics include…more

ABYC certification course offered in Maryland

Port Supply is sponsoring a four-day American Boat and Yacht Council marine systems certification course this summer to provide more regional training opportunities to customers in the mid-Atlantic. The training will be held Aug. 25-28 at two marinas (The Sailing Emporium and Haven Harbor Marina) in Rock Hall, Md. Lunch will be provided each day…more

ABYC launches webinar series on safety issues

The American Boat and Yacht Council will be offering a summer series of technical education webinars covering safety-related topics for the marine industry. The first webinar, “Hot Docks, Hot Boats & Electric Shock Drowning,” will be held at 2 p.m. June 18. “This is a safety issue that everyone, especially on-water officers, should know about,”…more

ABYC amends electrical standard

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…more

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