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ABYC Releases ‘Largest Update’ of Standards


The American Boat and Yacht Council published the 61st supplement of its Standards and Technical Information Reports for Small Craft, which provides the the latest boatbuilding and repair standards.

“This is the largest update in ABYC’s history,” technical director Brian Goodwin said in a statement. “Our committees addressed the growing demand for electric propulsion and the increasingly more complex electrical systems we see on boats. This was a major achievement from dedicated industry professionals working together to ensure we keep boating safe.”

More than 75 percent of the revised documents are included as the standards basis for the National Marine Manufacturers Association’s Boat and Yacht Certification Program.


The new and revised standards and technical information reports include:

• Cooking Appliances

• Liquid and Solid Fueled Boat Heating Systems

• Installation of Electric Navigation Lights

• AC Generator Sets

• Storage Batteries

• AC and DC Electrical Systems on Boats

• Electric Propulsion Systems

• Ventilation of Boats Using Gasoline

• Boat Load Capacity

• Portable and Semiportable Marine Gasoline Fuel Systems

• Powering of Boats

• Seacocks, Thru-Hull Fittings, and Drain Plugs

• Inflatable Boats

• Diesel Fuel Systems

• Propeller Shafting Systems

• Boat Measurement and Weight

The updates are available in print or in digital format via the ABYC online library and desktop subscription.



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