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).

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 the highest level of technical expertise.

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Why Get Involved in Standards Development?

Standards affect your business and your customers’ boating experience. Have a voice and impact the future of ABYC Standards!

  • Empower Your Business Globally
  • Make a Difference in Boating Safety
  • Connect with Industry Experts
  • Get an Edge in New Product Development

About Project Technical Committees (PTCs)

Each ABYC Standard is assigned to a Project Technical Committee (PTC), responsible for reviewing and updating ABYC Standards and Technical Information Reports. It is essential to have the appropriate technical expertise and a diverse group at the table to ensure the highest quality standards.

The PTCs are organized by subject matter and may have one standard assigned to it or several assigned to it. PTC membership is required to be balanced with no category (boat builders, accessory manufacturers, surveyors, technicians, consumers, etc.) exceeding 1/3 of the membership.

The PTCs typically have a minimum of one meeting a year. This meeting may be a physical meeting at Standards Week or webinar at another time during the year.


  • A-16 Installation of Electric Navigation Lights
  • A-22 Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Systems
  • A-28 Galvanic Isolators
  • C-5 Construction and Testing of Electric Navigation Lights
  • C-10 (UL 1110) Standard for Marine Combustible Gas Indicators
  • C-1500 Ignition Protection Test for Marine Products
  • E-11 AC & DC Electrical Systems on Boats
  • H-1 Field of Vision From the Helm Position
  • H-3 Exterior Windows, Windshields, Hatches, Doors, Port Lights, & Glazing Materials
  • H-29 Canoes and Kayaks
  • H-40 Anchoring, Mooring, and Lifting
  • P-1 Installation of Exhaust Systems for Propulsion and Auxiliary Engines
  • P-4 Marine Inboard Engines and Transmissions
  • P-28 Electric/Electronic Control Systems for Propulsion and Steering
  • T-17 Compass Installation
  • T-24 Owner/Operator’s Manuals
  • TE-4 Lightning Protection

How Can You Join a PTC?

Step 1: Join a mail list

The first step to get involved is to join a PTC mail list. You will receive all information and communications and have the ability to comment on documents under review and actively participate in meetings. Until you are an approved member you cannot vote on formal ballots but may be allowed to participate in balloting during a meeting at the discretion of the PTC Chair.

Step 2: Apply for PTC membership

Attendance and participation at a PTC meeting is necessary prior to PTC membership approval. Once approved you can vote, comment, and add to the discussions in areas of your expertise expertise.


ANSI facilitates the development of American National Standards (ANS), voluntary consensus based standards, by accrediting the procedures of standards developing organizations (SDOs). ABYC’s accreditation by ANSI signifies that the ABYC procedures used in the development of ABYC standards meet the ANSI’s essential requirements for openness, balance, consensus and due process. These requirements are set forth in a document known as the ANSI Essential Requirements: Due process requirements for American National Standards

ABYC’s participation as an ANSI accredited SDO signifies ABYC commitment to producing the premier global standard for safer boating.

For more about ANSI visit www.ansi.org

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