ABYC opens registrations for Standards Week 2022


The American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC), the non-profit organization that develops safety standards for the design, construction, maintenance and repair of boats, has opened registration for Standards Week, January 10-14, 2022, at the Francis Marion Hotel in Charleston, SC.

Throughout the week, various project technical committees will meet to discuss and possibly update the standards under review. Other events during the week include the ABYC Annual Meeting and Cocktail, which will be held on January 10 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., the One-Day Maritime Law Symposium, which will be held on January 11, and an ABYC standards certification course, to be held on January 12.

“We get a valuable perspective by participating in PTCs,” said Pete Chisholm, Marine Product Safety Engineer for Mercury and Chairman of the Technical Board, ABYC. “Mercury Marine’s dedication to supporting the development and revision of standards allows us to stay at the forefront of product compliance and boating safety. “

Standards Week, a critical step in the development of ABYC safety standards, includes the participation of a diverse group of maritime industry professionals, each with a different perspective and area of ​​expertise. Standards Week attendees learn which standards are under review or are recently being considered for development and how those standards may affect the future of boating. All are invited to share their voice in the development of standards.

“Industry needs to be part of these discussions as more elements are added to standards and as we develop new standards,” added Brian Goodwin, Technical Director of ABYC. “The collaborations of ABYC’s PTC members are essential to ensure that the standards reflect current technology and remain the benchmark in boating safety. “

Below is a list of PTC onsite meetings and topics during Standards Week:


Product interface – warning labels, marine craft

Hull performance – buoyancy, power / carrying capacity, jet boats, canoes / kayaks, field of view

Electricity – electronics, lithium-ion batteries, three-phase electrical systems

Fuel and ventilation – gasoline (gasoline), carbon monoxide systems

Control systems – steering and propulsion

Water education – training in propulsion, human propulsion, sailing and on the water

For more information on Standards Week, surrounding events and sponsorship opportunities, please visit www.abycstandardsweek.com.

ABYC is offering a reduced rate of $ 134 / night (plus tax) from January 9 to 13 for Standards Week participants at the Francis Marion Hotel. Book your hotel room now.


· In product liability lawsuits, ABYC standards are the authoritative benchmark for assessing product design, construction, maintenance and performance issues.

· ABYC standards are the basis for certification programs, marine studies and legal judgments.

· ABYC is the accredited representative of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) to ISO and strives to promote the needs of the US marine industry in relation to ISO.

· ABYC standards cover a wide range of topics, including US federal requirements.

All events are sponsored by ABYC’s annual partners: CWR Distribution and Ward’s Marine Electric. For more information on Sponsorship of Standards Week, please visit www.abycstandardsweek.com.


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