ABYC completes its largest Standards revision

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – The American Boat & Yacht Council said yesterday that 16 of its 66 Standards and Technical Information Reports have gone through their review cycle, been updated and will now be available as part of the 2008-09 edition of the ABYC “Standards and Technical Information Reports for Small Craft.”

These 16 standards total 322 pages of revisions and represent almost 25 percent of the documents, ABYC reported in its press release.

“Our electrical standard alone (E-11) is 73-pages long,” said John Adey, ABYC’s technical director. “The total number of pages, number of revised standards and the scope of work on these documents makes this one of the largest revisions to the ABYC Standards that our Technical Department has undertaken. We would like to thank all of our committee members for their hard work and participation, which made this possible.”

Documents that have been updated include:

  • A-4 Fire Fighting Equipment
  • A-28 Galvanic Isolators, E-2 Cathodic Protection
  • E-11 AC & DC Electrical Systems on Boats
  • H-2 Ventilation of Boats using Gasoline
  • H-3 Exterior Windows, Windshields, Hatches, Doors, Port Lights and Glazing Materials
  • H-4 Cockpit Drainage Systems
  • H-23 Installation of Potable Water Systems for Use on Boats
  • H-27 Seacocks, Thru-Hull Fittings and Drain Plugs
  • H-32 Ventilation of Boats Using Diesel Fuel
  • H-40 Anchoring, Mooring and Strong Points
  • P-14 Mechanical Propulsion Control Systems
  • P-17 Mechanical Steering Systems
  • P-18 Cable Over Pulley Steering Systems for Outboard Engines
  • P-22 Steering Wheels
  • TH-22 Educational Information about Carbon Monoxide.
  • “Because of the extensive updates, we thought it was the perfect time to launch our new membership package that includes the soft cover manual with all memberships, which will be replaced yearly,” said Skip Burdon, ABYC president. “By providing members with a complete set of standards each year, we are providing more value for their dues dollar, while also ensuring that everyone has the latest complete edition of the standards to work from.”

    As part of ABYC membership, all current and future ABYC members will be receiving a new soft cover archival manual on an annual basis that includes a complete set of all the ABYC Standards. Members will no longer have to spend time updating the previous three-ring binder format with the revised documents. Members with outstanding membership dues are encouraged to renew as soon as possible, so they can be included in this mailing.

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