American Boat & Yacht Council Publishes New Standards

Hot off the press! The American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC), headquartered in Annapolis, MD, published its 58th supplement of ‘Standards and Technical Information Report for Small Craft’. This report, which was developed and revised by over 400 volunteer technical experts and marine professionals, covers all major boat systems and provides boat building and repair guidelines. 

“T-32, Design and Construction in Consideration of Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) is a new technical information report that highlights the negative impact of AIS on the industry while providing insight into current inspection and decontamination practices,” explains Craig Scholten, technical vice president. “The report also highlights best practices that boat, engine, systems, component, and trailer manufacturers can implement to help reduce the spread of AIS.”

Fire detection, sound signal appliances, electrical systems, emergency cut-off are also sections that have been updated. The ABYC recommends compliance with the revised standards on all boats, associated equipment, and systems manufactured after July 31, 2019. Non-members can access the ABYC standards by singing up online for a 5-day free trial membership.

Carol M. Bareuther, RD, is a St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands based marine writer and registered dietitian.