The American Boat and Yacht Council this week is celebrating International Marine Service Technician Week. The organization’s aim is to raise recognize the important role of service technicians.
"This week is a great chance to acknowledge the skills of marine service technicians and highlight individuals for their dedication to boating safety,” David Broadbent, ABYC education director, said in a statement. "When a boat receives high-quality and timely maintenance, our customers are significantly less frustrated and potentially remain involved with boating for a lot longer. We owe a big thank you to ABYC-certified technicians and others in the industry who excel at their jobs and remain current with the newest technologies.”
In the statement, ABYC said that the National Marine Manufacturers Association reported boat sales growing by 14 percent in 2020, with some states reporting year-over-year increases as high as 28 percent. The combination of increased demand and the Covid-19 pandemic have put a strain on service businesses trying to hire new techs.
"By designating an entire week to the dedicated professionals in this field, we as an industry have an opportunity to draw attention to this fulfilling career path,” Broadbent said.