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The American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC) is a non-profit, member organization that develops voluntary global safety standards for the design, construction, maintenance, and repair of recreational boats.

ABYC also has a long-established commitment to providing technical education, training, certification, and professional development. Our seminars, workshops and technician certification courses are instrumental in increasing the level of knowledge and professionalism throughout the boating industry.


Did you know that 90% of boats on the water are built to ABYC Standards?

Responding to a mid-'50s boom in recreational boating, the American Boat & Yacht Council was formed by members of the Motorboat and Yacht Advisory Panel of the US Coast Guard's Merchant Marine Council. It was incorporated on February 1, 1954, in New York State as a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) corporation.

ABYC is driven by a voluntary group of technical experts including boat builders, technicians, engineers, boat and accessory manufacturers, surveyors and investigators, retailers and dealers, yacht brokers and designers, marinas, law firms, government agencies, boat owners, insurance companies, and more. As an independent consensus-based body, these industry experts work together to develop standards with the sole purpose of protecting the safety of the boating public.  

The Standards and Technical Information Reports for Small Craft covers all the major boat systems, and the development and regular review of these standards provide boat building guidelines that correlate directly to the significant reduction in the number of boating accidents over the past six decades.

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