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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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Galley Stoves


Liquid and Solid Fueled Boat Heating Systems

A-16 Electric Navigation Lights
A-27 Alternating Current (AC) Generator Sets
C-1 Primer Bulbs
C-2 Carbon Canisters for Marine Applications
C-5 Construction and Testing of Electric Navigation Lights
C-7 Marine Battery Switches
E-10 Storage Batteries
E-11 AC & DC Electrical Systems on Boats
E-30 Electric Propulsion Systems
EDU-1 On-Water Recreational Boating Skills -- Power
EDU-2 Skill-Based Human Propelled Standard
EDU-3 Skills-Based Sailboat Standard
H-2 Ventilation of Boats Using Gasoline 
H-5 Boat Load Capacity
H-25 Portable Marine Gasoline Fuel Systems
H-26 Powering of Boats
H-27 Seacocks, Thru-Hull Fittings, and Drain Plugs
H-28 Inflatable Boats
H-33 Diesel Fuel Systems
H-41 Reboarding Means, Ladders, Handholds, Rails, and Lifelines
P-6 Propeller Shafting Systems 
S-8 Boat Measurement and Weight
S-32 Warnings and Labels
T-1 Aluminum Applications for Boats and Yachts 
T-5 Safety Signs and Labels 
T-32 Design and Construction in Consideration of Aquatic Invasive Species


Standard for Marine Combustible Gas Indicators


Standards Short Descriptions

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Other facts ABOUT ABYC:

ABYC Standards cover a broad range of topics including US 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 US representative to ISO, and works to promote the needs of the US marine industry in relation to ISO.


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