Tag Archives: American Boat and Yacht Council

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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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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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 announces 11th annual Standards Week

The American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC), the nonprofit organization that develops the safety standards for the design, construction, maintenance and repair of recreational boats, has announced its 11th annual ABYC Standards Week, Jan. 6-10, 2020 in New Orleans, Louisiana. ABYC standards cover all major boat systems and a broad range of topics including U.S. Federal requirements. The standards are ...

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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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