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ABYC names new lead instructor

ABYC recently announced that Mike Bonicker has joined its team in the position of lead instructor. Bonicker spent the last 20 plus years in the marine repair industry with Tidewater Yacht Service in Baltimore, Md. as an ABYC Certified Master Marine Repair Technician, the past 15 years of which he served as production manager. In that time, he has gained ...

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ABYC publishes updated boat building and repair standards

The American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) published its 59th supplement of Standards and Technical Information Reports for Small Craft, which covers all major boat systems and provides industry with the latest in boat building and repair standards. ABYC standards are continuously researched, developed, and revised by over 400 volunteer technical experts and marine professionals. “This year’s supplement is full ...

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CPS Distributors names new regional sales manager

CPS Distributors, Inc. has named Fred Kolacki to the position of southeast regional sales manager. “Fred brings a wealth of marine experience and knowledge to CPS Distributors,” Brandon Lang, Vice President said. “In addition to being an asset to our existing team, his passion for boating and marine equipment makes him a great fit for CPS.” In addition to managing ...

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ABYC gearing up for inaugural educator training conference

The American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) is hosting their first “Marine Service Technology: Educator Training Conference” to be held July 23-25, 2019 in Annapolis, Md. Within current registrants there are fifteen states and three countries represented. “We are thrilled at the range of instructors signed up to be students that week. We have high school and post-secondary technical instructors ...

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ABYC announces Educator Training Conference

The American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) announced their inaugural “Marine Service Technology: Educator Training Conference” to be held July 23-25, 2019 in Annapolis, Maryland. The three day conference will feature specific topics to enhance the knowledge, delivery and support of marine instructors and school administrators around the country. “Whether you have been teaching marine tech for years, or are thinking ...

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ABYC Foundation names new executive director

The ABYC Foundation announced Margaret Podlich has been hired to serve as executive director. The ABYC Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC), focused on providing resources that create educational and lifelong career opportunities to current and aspiring marine service technicians. “I can’t imagine a more perfect person to be the foundation’s first executive ...

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Evinrude makes major donation to ABYC to combat technician shortage

Evinrude, the American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) and the National Marine Distributors Association (NMDA) announced today that Evinrude will donate two million dollars’ worth of Evinrude ETEC G2 3.4L V6 outboard engines to the ABYC Foundation supporting next generation marine technician training. The donation, which is the largest of its kind in history, will support students in high schools ...

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ABYC announces new board members and officers, presents awards

The American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC) hosted its annual meeting in Seattle, Wash. and announced the election of new members to the board of directors. Joining the board of directors is Derek Rhymes from All Boats Marine Surveys and Lia Jaros from the Marine Trades Association of Maryland. Joining the executive board in the position of secretary is Christina ...

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ABYC launching online marine technician learning opportunities

The American Boat & Yacht Council is launching new online education opportunities for marine technicians, broadening the educational offerings already available. Starting in December 2018, ABYC will release one new comprehensive course to the public each quarter. Additionally, each month free micro-courses will be made available to ABYC members. This will provide many opportunities to accumulate Continuing Education Units (CEUs) ...

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ABYC announces Standards Week 10th anniversary plans

The American Boat and Yacht Council, the nonprofit organization that develops the safety standards for the design, construction, maintenance and repair of recreational boats, has announced its 10th annual Standards Week, Jan. 7-11, 2019, at the Renaissance Hotel in Seattle, Wash. Throughout the week various Project Technical Committee (PTC) meetings will take place, where the standards under review this year ...

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