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What are ABYC Standards

Standards are the core of ABYC as they are continuously researched, developed and revised by over 400 volunteer marine professionals on 16 Project Technical Committees (PTCs) from all fields of the industry including the US Coast Guard (USCG), trade organizations and private entities. ABYC collaborates with safety organizations worldwide such as Transport Canada and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). 

The Standards and Technical Information Reports for Small Craft covers all the major boat systems and the development and annual review of these standards correlates directly to the significant reduction in the number of boating accidents over the past six decades.

Today, 90% of boats on the water are built to ABYC Standards and over 3,000 technicians are trained and certified by ABYC so that boats are maintained with highest level of technical expertise.

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 Other facts ABOUT ABYC:

ABYC Standards covers a broad range of topics including U.S. Federal requirements. In fact, Transport Canada is adopting ABYC Standards and the harmonization will lead to one set of safety standards for the design, construction and repair of boats.

ABYC Standards are the basis of certification programs, marine surveys and legal judgements.

In product liability lawsuits, ABYC Standards are the authoritative reference for evaluating issues of design, construction, maintenance and product performance

ABYC is the U.S. representative to ISO, and works to promote the needs of the U.S. marine industry in relation to ISO


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