More boat builders become NMMA Certified

CHICAGO – Two more boat manufacturers recently became certified under the National Marine Manufacturers Association’s (NMMA) Boat/Yacht Certification program: Seminole Marine of Cairo, Ga. (builders of Sailfish Boats) and Stamas Yachts of Tarpon Springs, Fla., NMMA reported in a recent statement.

While all boats in the United States must meet applicable U.S. Coast Guard regulations, boats built by manufacturers participating in the NMMA Certified program must also meet the more comprehensive standards set by the American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC). Furthermore, to become NMMA Certified, a boat must pass third-party inspection to ensure they meet and adhere to all applicable standards.

The NMMA Certification program covers more than 30 categories of standards, which vary by boat type and size and may include: fuel systems; ventilation; passenger and weight capacity; horsepower capacity; flotation; electrical systems; navigation lights; warning label placement and guidelines; and steering systems.

Certification is an NMMA membership requirement beginning with all products manufactured for model year 2007. To date, 169 NMMA member manufacturers have become NMMA Certified. An additional 119 manufacturer members are currently undergoing the certification process, and another 54 have scheduled NMMA Certification inspection visits in July and August.

For additional information on the NMMA Certification program, or to schedule an inspection, contact NMMA manager, engineering standards Robert Newsome at (312) 946-6275;

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