Manufacturing boats, ships, and other vessels require oversight of several technical areas that must come together to make a well-designed and safe craft. While federal laws guide basic safety protocols such as life jackets and fire extinguishers, most manufacturing requirements are managed within the industry. The American Boat & Yacht Council oversees the creation and management of boat manufacturing standards for design, construction, maintenance, and repair. In addition, the ABYC also helps develop global safety recommendations that are adopted in the U.S. and many other countries. ABYC standards are used in certifications and marine inspections. Let’s go over the importance of ensuring compliance with ABYC standards.
What are ABYC Standards?
The ABYC standards apply to all major boat systems. ABYC has a team of volunteer experts assigned to 16 committees that review the standards and release updates annually. Major industry groups include the U.S. Coast Guard, ISO, and other trade and private organizations. The standards are designed as voluntary, with the manufacturers responsible for ensuring they are constructing their vessels to the highest safety standards. Today, more and more companies are adopting the standards, so all vessels’ internal repair, maintenance, and construction are as safe as possible.
The ABYC does not certify boats themselves, and there is no inspection program for reviewing the work of manufacturers. It is up to the vessel’s manufacturer to ensure that all established ABYC standards are properly followed. Instead, ABYC provides training and certification for technicians and engineers. With each program, there is the option to take a course or self-study, followed by an exam. This allows for flexibility based on the availability and requirements of the manufacturer. There are also two forms of certification designations: advisor and technician. The advisor designation is intended for those who do not physically work on boats, while the technician designation focuses on installation, repair, and troubleshooting. All certifications are valid for five years, after which there is a recertification program in the form of an exam.
Benefits of ABYC Certification
The standards and certifications of the ABYC are recognized by industry professionals and consumers throughout the U.S. and internationally. There are many benefits to designing a boat to meet these standards, including improved safety and increased liability protection for the manufacturer. The ABYC standards also cover most boat manufacturing requirements in many other countries. Some countries have adopted ABYC standards directly to their local conditions.
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