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ABYC announces Standards Week

The American Boat and Yacht Council announced that its Standards Week will take place Jan. 6-10 in New Orleans.

ABYC standards cover all major boat systems and a broad range of topics, including U.S. Federal requirements. The standards are continuously reviewed and revised by more than 400 volunteers who participate in Project Technical Committees. Throughout Standards Week, committees meet to update standards under review.

“The ABYC Standards and Technical Information Reports for Small Craft has become the de facto boating safety standard in North America, and Standards Week is all about improving this standard to save lives and property,” said James Cote, marine electric and corrosion consultant/surveyor at Cote Marine , in a statement. “Attending ABYC Standards Week is my opportunity to make a difference in the marine community.”

Attendees learn what standards are being revised or newly considered. All are welcome to have a voice in the development process.

“SeaStar Solutions/Dometic has been actively participating in ABYC for many decades,” said Dometic vice president and general manager Brian Dudra. “ABYC provides an open, structured forum to discuss and question new trends and technology, and offers diverse representation to provide historic, as well as forward-looking, perspectives.”

Below is a list of the PTC meetings and topics that will be covered this year:

  • Electrical: lithium batteries, electrical systems
  • Hull Performance: cockpit drainage, capacity labels, visibility from the helm
  • Control Systems: wireless controls, zone of protection, emergency cutoff devices, hybrid steering systems
  • Electrical Components: inverters, chargers, battery switches
  • Hull and Deck Structures: towed water-sports attachment points, seat structures, handholds
  • Navigation Lights and Sound Signals: LED nav lights, sound signals
  • Hull Piping: bilge pumps, water systems, seacocks, through-hull fittings
  • Fuel and Ventilation: diesel system, semiportable fuel systems, ventilation, system testing
  • Firefighting and Detection Systems: CO detection, gasoline and propane detection

Other events during the week include the ABYC annual meeting and the ABYC Standards Certification course. Click here for more information.

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