The American Boat and Yacht Council released its annual update to the Standards and Technical Information Reports for Small Craft, Supplement 55.
Among the important standard revisions are changes to carbon monoxide detection systems on boats and seat testing. The section on DC electrical systems on boats was improved for better differentiation between AC and DC requirements.
The full list of revised standards includes A-14, Gasoline and Propane Gas Detection Systems; A-24, Carbon Monoxide Detection Systems on Boats; A-31, Battery Chargers and Inverters; E-11, AC and DC Electrical Systems on Boats; H-4, Cockpit Drainage Systems; H-31, Seat Structures; H-33, Diesel Fuel Systems; and S-7, Boat Capacity Labels.
“This supplement has numerous important updates addressing relative issues in the recreational boating industry,” ABYC technical director Brian Goodwin said in a statement. “It is imperative that boatbuilders and repair faculties are up to date on these changes.”
Using ABYC standards, the National Marine Manufacturers Association certifies more than 85 percent of the boats built in the United States. Online access to the standards is free for ABYC members.
The Standards and Technical Information Reports for Small Craft is also available for purchase as a CD or softbound manual.