CHICAGO – Six more boat manufacturers are now officially certified under the National Marine Manufacturers Association’s Boat/Yacht Certification program, NMMA reported in a release this week.
The following manufacturers recently earned the “NMMA Certified” designation for their respective products:
To date, 177 NMMA member manufacturers have become NMMA Certified. An additional 200 manufacturer members are currently undergoing the certification process, 120 of which are nearing completion.
“Now that we’re officially a few months into the 2007 model year, it’s becoming clear just how many NMMA boat and yacht manufacturer members are onboard with the concept of achieving NMMA Certification,” says Robert Newsome, NMMA manager, Engineering Standards. “The vast majority are overwhelmingly supportive of the program, and on track to not only meet, but exceed current building standards by early next year.”
Certification is an NMMA membership requirement beginning with all products manufactured for model year 2007.
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. Furthermore, to become NMMA Certified, a boat must pass rigorous third-party inspection to ensure they meet and adhere to all applicable standards, as well as maintain an ongoing, formal Customer Satisfaction Index program.
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.
For additional information on the NMMA Certification program, or to schedule an inspection, contact NMMA manager, engineering standards Robert Newsome at (312) 946-6275; firstname.lastname@example.org.
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