ABYC standards week set for January

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The American Boat and Yacht Council is holding its sixth annual Standards Week Jan. 12-15 in Seattle.

Events such as project technical committee meetings, ABYC standards certification, exploration into ABYC basics and the ABYC annual meeting and cocktail reception are part of the week and will be held at the Hilton Seattle Downtown.

Because Standards Week is a critical step in the revision of ABYC's standards, project technical committees will meet every day between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. to discuss and resolve issues surrounding boating safety. This year, the committee meeting topics include electrical, hull performance, electrical components, gas detectors and control systems. Participation is open to anyone who is interested.

Keynote speaker George Harris, president of the Northwest Marine Trade Association, will present at the annual meeting and cocktail reception on Jan. 14 from 7 to 9 p.m.

ABYC's standards certification will be held Jan. 13-15 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day. The class provides students with a comprehensive and focused look at key ABYC standards and the council said it is a must for engineers, installers, compliance inspectors and marine surveyors.

The ABYC also will host a hands-on seminar, “Exploration into ABYC Basics: Electrical, Systems and Corrosion,” which will be held Jan. 14 and is free to ABYC members.

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