Annual award tied to International Marine Service Technician Week, April 22-26, 2024

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (March 11, 2024) – The American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) announced on Monday that nominations are now open for the 2024 Outstanding Technician Awards. These awards are a key feature of International Marine Service Technician Week, scheduled for April 22-26. This annual celebration honors marine technicians, recognizing their essential contribution to maintaining the safety, reliability, and enjoyment of boating.

The awards, sponsored by Yamaha, aim to honor 10 exceptional technicians with a $100 Visa gift card, a technician prize pack, and features on ABYC’s social media platforms. Entries can be submitted at www.abycinc.org/outstandingtech2024. The nomination period closes on April 8.

“Last year we received more than 80 nominations, prompting us to increase the number of awardees this year. Throughout the week, we are eager to recognize an even greater number of technicians for their dedication and pursuit of professional excellence,” said Shannon Aronson, ABYC’s marketing and PR director. “Technicians are often unsung heroes of the marine industry, so this is award can be an exciting surprise for your techs that go above and beyond.”

The winners will be unveiled on Thursday, April 25, during the weeklong event that celebrates marine technicians from diverse backgrounds. ABYC encourages businesses to engage in related social media activities throughout the week to spotlight various aspects of marine technology. The schedule includes:

  • Monday, April 22: Celebrating Master Technicians
  • Tuesday, April 23: Highlighting Marine Service Programs and Schools
  • Wednesday, April 24: Recognizing Female Technicians
  • Thursday, April 25: Announcing Outstanding Technician Winners
  • Friday, April 26: Focusing on the Future: Aspiring Technicians and Educators

For participation ideas in International Marine Service Technician Week and to view past examples, visit www.abycinc.org/thankyoutechs. Follow the hashtags #MarineServiceTechWeek and #ThankYouMarineTechs on social media for updates and to join the conversation.


Since 1954, the nonprofit American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC) has developed safety standards for boat design, construction, equipage, repair and maintenance. The essential global source of marine industry technical information, ABYC’s product safety standards, credentialing, education, training, and other tools help members make boating safer.

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