Standards Week Slated for January 7 to 11

The American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC), a nonprofit organization dedicated to developing safety standards for the design, construction, maintenance, and repair of boats, announced the dates for its highly anticipated annual Standards Week, January 7 to 11, 2024, in Annapolis, Maryland.  

Standards Week is a pivotal gathering for the marine industry and Project Technical Committees (PTCs), with daily meetings scheduled to discuss updates to Supplement 64 of the Standards and Technical Information Reports for Small Craft, set for publication in July 2024. Participants have a voice in the development of the revised or newly considered standards and their potential impact on the boating industry.  

The significance of Standards Week lies in the diverse group of global marine industry professionals who actively participate. “Representing various perspectives and areas of expertise, these volunteers play a vital role in shaping the future of boating safety,” said Goodwin.    

Key topics in 2024 include AC & DC electrical systems, electric propulsion, galvanic isolators, navigation lights, tow points, windshields, hatches, doors, visibility from the helm, exhaust systems, and inboard engines.  

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ABYC welcomes new attendees to its events and offers virtual options for those who cannot attend in person. Participation in ABYC events is not limited to PTC members, and everyone is invited to be involved.  

Apart from the PTC meetings, Standards Week features additional networking opportunities with leading boating safety advocates. One of the highlights is ABYC’s annual meeting, which will commemorate the organization’s 70th anniversary.