The American Boat and Yacht Counsel (ABYC)

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The American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC) was created in 1954 as a non-profit organization to develop safety standards for the design, construction, equipage, repair and maintenance of boats.


The story of the American Boat & Yacht Council, Inc. starts several years before ABYC was formally organized. As early as 1950, members of the former Motorboat and Yacht Advisory Panel of the Coast Guard’s Merchant Marine Council had expressed an interest in having the boating industry, public, and government combine their talents to draft standards and recommended practices for the construction of small craft and associated equipment. The panel thought that such a broad-based effort could win wide support and acceptance of its recommendations.

With this encouragement, the American Boat & Yacht Council was incorporated in 1954 under New York State law as a nonprofit, public service, membership organization. The ABYC now numbers over 4000 individuals, corporations and associations, worldwide.


Membership is open to any person or group interested in furthering ABYCABYC Logo‘s objectives as defined in its by-laws. Individual members may serve as officers, directors, technical board members, or on committees, including project technical committees, charged with developing standards and technical information reports. The technical board is appointed by the board of directors to act as its agent in the organization and supervision of the project technical committees.

Contact Information

ABYC Headquarters
613 Third Street – Suite 10
Annapolis, Maryland 21403
Phone: (410) 990-4460
Hours: M-F 8am – 5pm
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List of ABYC Standards

A-1 Marine Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) Systems
A-3 Galley Stoves
A-4 Fire Fighting Equipment
A-6 Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Equipment
A-7 Liquid and Solid Fueled Boat Heating Systems
A-14 Gasoline and Propane Gas Detection Systems
A-16 Electric Navigation Lights
A-22 Marine Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Systems
A-23 Sound Signal Appliances
A-24 Carbon Monoxide Detection Systems
A-26 LPG and CNG Fueled Appliances
A-27 Alternating Current (AC) Generator Sets
A-28 Galvanic Isolators
A-30 Cooking Appliances with Integral LPG Cylinders
A-31 Battery Chargers and Inverters
E-2 Cathodic Protection
E-4 Lightning Protection
E-10 Storage Batteries
E-11 AC & DC Electrical Systems on Boats
H-1 Field of Vision from the Helm Position
H-2 Ventilation of Boats Using Gasoline
H-3 Windows, Windshields, Exterior Hatches, Doors, Port Lights, and Glazing
H-4 Cockpits and Scuppers
H-5 Boat Load Capacity
H-8 Buoyancy in the Event of Swamping
H-22 Electric Bilge Pump Systems
H-23 Installation of Potable Water Systems
H-24 Gasoline Fuel Systems
H-25 Portable Gasoline Fuel Systems
H-26 Powering of Boats
H-27 Seacocks, Thru-Hull Connections, and Drain Plugs
H-28 Inflatable Boats
H-29 Canoes and Kayaks
H-30 Hydraulic Systems
H-31 Seat Structures
H-32 Ventilation of Boats Using Diesel Fuel
H-33 Diesel Fuel Systems
H-35 Powering and Load Capacity of Pontoon Boats
H-37 Mini Jet Boats
H-40 Anchoring, Mooring, and Lifting
H-41 Reboarding Means, Ladders, Handholds, Rails and Lifelines
P-1 Installation of Exhaust Systems for Propulsion and Auxiliary Engines
P-4 Marine Inboard Engines and Transmissions
P-6 Propeller Shafting Systems
P-14 Propulsion Control Systems
P-17 Steering Systems for Outboard, Inboard, Sterndrive, and Water Jet Drive Boats
P-18 Cable Over Pulley Steering Systems for Outboard Engines
P-21 Manual Hydraulic Steering Systems
P-22 Steering Wheels
P-23 Steering and Propulsion Controls for Jet Boats
P-24 Electric/Electronic Propulsion Control Systems
S-7 Boat Capacity Labels
S-8 Boat Measurement and Weight
S-12 Outboard Motor Transom and Motor Well Dimensions
S-30 Outboard Engine and Related Equipment Weights
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ABYC also arranges discounts for its members to take classes from Westlawn Institute of Marine Technology.

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