ABYC Holds Annual General Meeting and Presents Awards


The American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) held its 2015 Annual General Meeting as well as Standards Week in Seattle, Washington in mid January.

The group believes the event is a critical step in the revision of ABYC Standards. An ABYC project technical committee reviews each on a three- or five-year cycle.

This year, meetings included Control Systems, Electrical, Electrical Components, Gas Detectors and Hull Performance. ABYC says over 130 industry leaders met to discuss and resolve issues surrounding boating safety.

“This is our 6th Standards Week and the impact on boating safety grows every year,” said Brian Goodwin, ABYC technical director. “With more experts at the table than ever before, this annual event is where the business of boating safety gets done.”

Educational opportunities also took place during the week. The ABYC Standards Certification class and Exploration into ABYC Basics: Electrical, Systems and Corrosion Seminar were both full to capacity.

On January 14, the organization hosted its Annual Meeting. Over 100 attendees convened for the event at the Seattle Hilton Downtown.

Awards were presented to ABYC Departing Board Member, Steve Herb; the ABYC Service Award went to Wayne Kelsoe; the ABYC Horizons Award to Scott Renne; and the ABYC Life Service Award was presented to Kevin Ritz. The meeting's keynote speaker was George Harris, Northwest Marine Trades Association President.

Attwood, Blue Sea Systems, CED Technologies, ElectroGuard, ESI, Marinco, ProMariner, Skagit Valley Community College, Springfield Marine Company, Sure Marine and Xantrex sponsored the event.

Since 1954, the non-profit ABYC has developed safety standards for boat design, construction, equipage, repair and maintenance. ABYC's product safety standards, credentialing, education, training, and other tools are designed to help members make boating safer.