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ABYC Boat Builder Special Symposium (Morehead City, NC)
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This meeting is designed for production and custom boat builders who need to have a firm understanding of minimum United States Coast Guard regulations, exporting requirements, and inspection documentation. Owners, managers, engineers, and compliance specialists will all gain valuable industry information.

 Export to Your Calendar 4/6/2017
When: Boat Builder Special Symposium
7:00 am - 12:00 noon
Where: Carteret Community College - Marine Training and Education Center (NCMARTEC)
3505 Arendell Street
Morehead City, North Carolina  28557-2905
United States
Contact: Meghan Sykes
410-990-4460 ext 110

Online registration is available until: 4/7/2017
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Join us at Carteret Community College in Morehead City, NC for a special symposium designed for the boat builder.  Attendees will be awarded 4 Continuing Education Credits from ABYC.

Moderator/Presenter: Craig Scholten, ABYC Vice President, Technical Department

Cost:  ABYC Member $ 79; Non-member $ 99

Limited seating available!



7:00-8:00am Continental Breakfast & Networking

·        Introductions - John Adey, ABYC President

·        Industry update, product liability, and recent court cases


8:00- 8:50am Overview of Minimum USCG regulations:

·        USCG and the adoption of ABYC S-30 outboard engine weights

·        USCG – Marine Safety Alert on Navigation and “Decorative” lighting

·        USCG inspections at boat shows and dealerships – Factory Inspections

·        Defect Notifications

·        Importance of maintaining a Technical File - Test Reports, what to include - Record Retention Guidelines


Break 8:50 -9:00


9:00 -9:50am Are you building/exporting boats?

·        California, Australia, Canada, China or Europe? What you need to know

·        New “Executive Order” requirements for boats – CARB certified components

·        Flotation material – New US EPA requirements coming on the type of flotation used

·        US EPA fuel system regulations – Proof of compliance to required tests, record keeping


Break 9:50 -10:00


10:00-10:50am Quality Assurance - Inspection Documenting

·        Fuel  & LPG Pressure tests 

·        Correct Capacity Label & product safety warning signs confirmed

·        Boat Owner’s Manual Provided

·        Manuals of installed components and accessories

10:50-11:15New Standardized Warning Labels Available -Free Downloadable Artwork

  • Identify the “must warn” hazards using statistical accident data
  • Standardize the labels across the industry
  • Develop a mechanism for builders to identify the  messages that should be present on their boat

11:15 – 12:00 Q&A and Wrap-up



Any cancellation requests must be made no less than 7 days prior to the event to receive a full refund of the registration fee.

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