Seminar to identify changes to NMMA Certification

CHICAGO – To remain current on the latest changes associated with American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC) standards, boat builders may want to attend next month’s 2008 Engineering Compliance Seminar, part of the National Marine Manufacturers Association’s (NMMA) Certification Program.

The seminar takes place Dec. 8-10 at the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Nashville and will highlight changes to existing ABYC standards required for compliance with the NMMA Boat & Yacht Certification Program for Model Year 2010 products, according to a recent NMMA statement.

In 2008, ABYC issued one of its largest and most comprehensive standards revisions to date, with more changes being addressed at one time than ever before, according to NMMA. The Engineering Compliance Seminar will address each of these changes individually, so boat builders are keenly aware of the differences and can make the necessary adjustments as they begin manufacturing plans for the upcoming model year.

“Today, manufacturers make more changes to boats being built from year to year than ever before,” explains Robert Newsome, NMMA director, Engineering Standards. “Attendance at this seminar on the part of boat builders is critical, as it is vitally important to ensure compliance with ABYC standards. There is no other forum that brings together all the necessary experts in a single place to discuss these changes than the annual NMMA Compliance Seminar.”

Seminar attendees will have a unique opportunity to discuss current and contemporary certification issues with other boat builders, quality control engineers, NMMA Certification inspectors, ABYC staff and the U.S. Coast Guard, the association stated. NMMA’s Engineering Standards staff will be available during the three-day event to answer manufacturer questions regarding the NMMA Boat & Yacht Certification process.

Registration for the 2008 Engineering Seminar is currently available on the NMMA Web site at Seminar and hotel space is limited for this event. A hotel rate of $119/night is available for reservations booked prior to Nov. 7. Reservations can be made by calling the Nashville Sheraton at (615) 259-2000 or online by visiting the Engineering Compliance Seminar web page:

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