ABYC Standards Week Will Be Held Virtually

The American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC), the nonprofit organization that develops the safety standards for the design, construction, maintenance and repair of recreational boats, announced its 12th annual Standards Week will be extended and held virtually, Jan. 5 to 21, 2021.

What has usually taken place over a week of day long meetings will be extended to four weeks. The ABYC events include:

  • ABYC’s annual meeting and happy hour, January 5
  • Project Technical Committee (PTC) meetings, January 11 to 22.
  • Sur/Tech Symposium, surveyor and technician training, January 6 to 7
  • ABYC Standards Certification course, January 26 to 28

At the core of Standards Week is the development and review of ABYC Standards. This year, PTCs will gather using an online platform, during multiday, three-hour long sessions.

Participation in the standards review process is required from a diverse group of marine industry professionals, each with different perspectives and areas of expertise. Attendees can be engaged in revisions to the boat building and repair standards under review or newly considered and affect the future of international boating.

Below is a list of the PTC meetings and topics under review in 2021:

  • Electrical
  • Fuel & Ventilations
  • Hull Piping
  • Product Interface
  • Engine & Powertrain
  • Hull Performance
  • Navigation Lights and Sound Signals
  • Aquatic Invasive Species

Additionally, the new ABYC Sur/Tech Symposium has been added this year to provide a necessary continuing education opportunity for the marine industry.

The first day is dedicated to surveyor training with topics including: surveying electrical systems, using the standards to inspect marine and propulsion systems, how to make survey reports defensible in court, corrosion theory and practice, and writing survey reports utilizing ABYC standards.

The second day is dedicated to training marine technicians training with topics including: batteries, chargers and alternators, AC and DC systems analysis and tools, legal issues of marine insurance, and CZONE training.

Registration for Standards Week will open soon. Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information visit www.abycstandardsweek.com.