Tag Archives: ABYC

ABYC names new certification manager

The American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC) announced that Casey Bates has been promoted to the position of certification manager. Bates will manage ABYC’s technician certification program, as well as schedule classes and testing. “Casey has been with ABYC for 14 years, starting as an intern, and it great to see her move into a leadership position,” said David Broadbent, ...

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ABYC publishes updated Boat Building and Repair Standards

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The American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) published its 60th supplement of Standards and Technical Information Reports for Small Craft, which provides the marine industry with the latest in boat building and repair standards. “This year’s supplement contains a much anticipated technical information report on lithium ion batteries, which provides valuable and much needed guidance to the industry on this ...

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ABYC announces new workbook for future marine techs

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The American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC) announced the publication of a new student workbook to bolster the ABYC Fundamentals of Marine Service Technology textbook and curriculum package for high schools and technical colleges. The workbook will help teachers implement classroom and distance learning with a variety of homework exercises, hands-on job assignments, and links to video demonstrations. “During ABYC’s ...

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Digital teacher: Workforce training continues despite pandemic

By Adam Quandt From dealers to manufacturers, filling the ranks for the marine industry workforce has been a large issue facing everyone for some time. Despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the recreational boating industry — especially dealers — is still looking to add skilled technicians to teams across the board. The key component to getting skilled labor into the industry? ...

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ABYC Foundation awards scholarships for future techs

The American Boat & Yacht Council Foundation (ABYC Foundation) recently announced the awarding of several student scholarships, with financial assistance of the Kathy & Jerry Wood Foundation, including the following:  Five outstanding students received scholarships or tool stipends to help continue their studies at Ft. Myers Technical College in Florida. Nine students benefited from the scholarship fund at the NC Marine ...

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MIASF announces service tech apprenticeship program news

Jonathan Lowell

The Marine Industries Association of South Florida (MIASF) and Atlantic Technical College (ATC) have selected Jonathan Lowell, founder of Iguana Marine, as the instructor for the first yacht service technician apprenticeship program in Florida. The two-year program, which will be administered online for the time being, gives apprentices a basic set of shipyard skills to jump start a career in ...

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ABYC seeking nominations for Marine Educator of the Year

The ABYC Foundation is seeking nominations for the first Educator of the Year Award, honoring an outstanding instructor who is shaping future marine service technicians. Candidates should be actively teaching marine service technology for recreational boats in a corporate setting, or in a secondary/post-secondary school. “There are more than 16,000 marine technician positions currently open in the U.S. and quality marine technology ...

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ABYC’s Craig Scholten appointed chair of small craft committee

Craig Scholten, American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) technical vice president, has been named Chair of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Technical Management Board ISO/TC 188 Small Craft. ISO TC 188 working groups are responsible for the creation and ongoing development of over 79 Small Craft documents that are used in the design, construction, and testing of recreational boats ...

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Schools receive engines donated from Evinrude and the ABYC Foundation

The ABYC Foundation announced that 21 Evinrude ETEC G2 3.4L V6 outboard engines have been donated to high schools and post-secondary schools training aspiring marine technicians. More engines will be shipped throughout the year, with schools from 22 U.S. states, Canada and the British Virgin Islands that have applied for the donation program. In 2019, the ABYC Foundation received $2 ...

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ABYC kicks off Standards Week

The American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC) hosted its annual meeting on the evening of Jan. 6 in New Orleans. The cocktail reception kicks off Standards Week where industry experts gather to review and revise safety standards pertaining to the design, construction, maintenance and repair of recreational boats. During the annual meeting ABYC announced new members to the board of ...

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