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ABYC Announces Dates for Standards Week

Last year’s Standards Week, shown here, was held over the course of a week; this year’s virtual event will take place over the course of a month.

Last year’s Standards Week, shown here, was held over the course of a week; this year’s virtual event will take place over the course of a month.

Marine industry professionals can weigh in on how boatbuilding and repair standards should be revised during the American Boat and Yacht Council’s Standards Week. The annual event will be held virtually Jan. 5-21, spanning four weeks rather than one.

“Standards Week is a critical time to have experts from around the world at the table to update the ABYC standards, and taking Standards Week virtual simply means we changed the table,” technical director Brian Goodwin said in a statement.

Standards Week events include an annual meeting and happy hour Jan. 5, Project Technical Committee meetings Jan. 11-22, a surveyor and technician symposium Jan. 6-7, and a standards certification course Jan. 26-28.

“In a virtual setting, we know participants will still be getting all the regular work pressures and distractions, so we limited the session lengths to three hours and have different PTC meetings in the morning and afternoon,” Goodwin said. “This arrangement will allow attendees from around the world to have dedicated time slots to focus on the standards review without sacrificing an entire workday.”

Topics under review in 2021 include:

• electrical

• fuel and ventilation

• hull piping

• product interface

• engine and powertrain

• hull performance

• navigation lights and sound signals

• aquatic invasive species

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