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ABYC: American Boat and Yacht Council

ABYC, American Boat and Yacht Council, is a not-for-profit membership organization that has been developing and updating the safety standards for boat building and repair for 50 years. ABYC is actively involved with the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and is a leader in education for the marine industry, as well as certification programs for marine technicians.

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ABYC E-11-2018

AC & DC ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS ON BOATS

This standard is a guide for the design, construction, and installation of alternating current (AC) electrical systems and direct current (DC) electrical systems on boats.



ABYC H-29-2019

Canoes and Kayaks

This standard is for determining capacities, flotation, powering, design, construction, and labeling of canoes and kayaks, and applies to all boats identified as canoes or kayaks, including inflatable canoes or kayaks.   EXCEPTION:  Canoes or kayaks intended solely for competition.


ABYC H-31-2020

Seat Structures

This standard addresses the design, construction, installation, and testing of permanently installed seating systems in all boats. This standard applies to permanently installed seats in cockpits, deck areas, and all helm position(s), including their fastenings and structures to which they are attached.


ABYC P-28-2020

Electric/Electronic Control Systems for Propulsion and Steering

This standard addresses the design, construction, testing, and installation of electric/electronic control systems that consist of any one or more of the following features: steering, forward or reverse thrust, speed, and tilt/trim of propulsion machinery on boats.



ABYC C-1500-2019

Ignition Protection for Marine Products

This standard applies to the test methods for determining ignition protection but is not to be considered a standard that will determine the acceptability of a product or component for use in marine service.  EXCEPTIONS: 1. Explosion proof or intrinsically safe equipment as required by the US Coast Guard and applied to US Coast Guard inspected vessels or as defined in the National Electrical Code, ANSI/NFPA No. 70. 2. Ignition protection procedures for products or components that may operate in hydrogen and air mixtures. 3. Mechanisms of ignition from external sources, such as static electricity, lightning, or other factors not related to the apparatus under test. 4. Apparatus based on the use of high voltage electrostatic principles. 5. The deterioration of external wiring. 6. Connections installed in accordance with applicable installation standards.


ABYC E-30-2018

ELECTRICAL PROPULSION SYSTEMS

This standard is a guide for the design, construction, and installation of alternating current (AC) and direct current (DC) electrical systems on boats for the purpose of propulsion.


ABYC H-31-2020

Seat Structures

This standard addresses the design, construction, installation, and testing of permanently installed seating systems in all boats. This standard applies to permanently installed seats in cockpits, deck areas, and all helm position(s), including their fastenings and structures to which they are attached.



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