ABYC hands out annual awards

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The American Boat and Yacht Council held its 2015 Standards Week Jan. 12-15 in Seattle and hosted educational opportunities and its annual meeting, where the group presented its annual awards.

The event is a critical step in the revision of ABYC standards. Each is reviewed on a three- or five-year cycle by a project technical committee. This year, meetings included Control Systems, Electrical, Electrical Components, Gas Detectors and Hull Performance. More than 130 industry leaders met to discuss and resolve boating safety issues.

"This is our sixth Standards Week and the impact on boating safety grows every year," ABYC technical director Brian Goodwin said in a statement. "With more experts at the table than ever before, this annual event is where the business of boating safety gets done."

The ABYC Standards Certification class and Exploration into ABYC Basics: Electrical, Systems & Corrosion Seminar were filled to capacity.

More than 100 conferees attended the annual meeting on Jan. 14 at the Seattle Hilton Downtown. Departing ABYC board member Steve Herb received an award; the ABYC Service Award went to Wayne Kelsoe; the ABYC Horizons Award was given to Scott Renne; and the ABYC Life Service Award was presented to Kevin Ritz.

The keynote speaker was Northwest Marine Trades Association president George Harris.

Attwood, Blue Sea Systems, CED Technologies, ElectroGuard, ESI, Marinco, ProMariner, Skagit Valley Community College, Springfield Marine Co., Sure Marine and Xantrex sponsored the event.

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