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Kvichak Marine to build pilot boats for Port of Duqm

US boat builder Kvichak Marine Industries, a leader in the design and construction of high quality, hardworking aluminium vessels, has won a contract …
Catboat Club helping to build work experience

Passing on traditional boat making skills and giving students the opportunity to discover hidden talents is the aim of boat builder Kem Jackson.
BRP-Evinrude showcases biobutanol during test rides at Miami International Boat Show

STURTEVANT, Wis. – Through its Evinrude brand, BRP will be showcasing the alternative fuel biobutanol, a second-generation biofuel, during test …
New contract for Northumberland boatbuilder

Alnmaritec, based in the Port of Blyth, is building the specially-designed boat for Offshore Shellfish. It will service the company’s rope-grown mussel ..

  Boat building firm wins £1 million cash boost

A BOAT building firm has been given a £1million cash boost for a state-of-the-art hub which will create 122 jobs. CTruk, based in Brightlingsea, made 

Math, science skills keep students afloat at OSU-Tulsa Engineering Design Challenge in boat

one high school student said as her team tested its boat in the water. … sheets and circuitry equipment — and are asked to design and build boats …



Something of interest to builders and other marine businesses that import engines, vehicles and other equipment, especially outboards.

U.S. officials to step up port inspections after illegal engines found

 Federal environmental and customs officials said Thursday they will step up inspections at the nation’s busiest port complex after discovering hundreds of imported vehicles, engines and other equipment that failed to comply with U.S. emissions standards.

 Among the illegal items found were go-karts, outboard boat engines and miniature trucks.

ABYC Newsletter – February 2015

ABYC Takes Lead in Battling Aquatic Invasive Species 
Aquatic invasive species (AIS) are a significant environmental threat and create a negative boater experience. Seeing the connection between boats and the risk of spreading AIS, ABYC proactively hosted the Aquatic Invasive Species Summit: Boat Design and Construction in Consideration of AIS.  
The AIS Summit focused on identifying and vetting opportunities related to boat design and construction, component/system design and installation, engine and propulsion systems, and trailer design and construction.  
Norm Schultz of Trade Only Today wrote a two part blog about the event and the issues of AIS. Click here to read more about the Summit and the results.  

New Marine Industry Career Center

ABYC in partnership with MRAA has launched a new marine industry career center. This fantastic online resource will provide a comprehensive matching system for employers and job seekers in the boating industry.

Job seekers will have free and confidential resume postings and employers will find unmatched exposure for job listings and easy online management. Click to check out CAREER PIER.

ARE YOU AN ABYC MEMBER? Membership can save you hundreds in the ABYC Career Pier (on top of all the other great benefits ABYC has to offer).


 Eight Bells: BoatUS Founder Richard Schwartz Passes  
Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) chairman and founder Richard Schwartz, who created and grew the association to become the predominant advocacy and boater services organization for the nation’s recreational boat owners, passed away Wednesday after a short illness. He was 85.  
Two years ago Schwartz announced his retirement from a 47-year run as the leader of the over half million member boating association, and until his passing, remained chairman of the BoatUS Board of Directors as well as chairman of the BoatUS National Advisory Council.  Click here to read more.  

IBEX Returning to Louisville in September to Celebrate 25th Event

Trade Only Today: Mercury and Volvo debut new products
Two heavyweights in the marine industry’s propulsion segment introduced new products Wednesday at the Miami International Boat Show. Mercury Marine debuted two high-horsepower 4-strokes – the Mercury Verado 350 and the Mercury Racing Verado 400R – and the Mercury Racing 1550 gasoline sterndrive engine. Click here to read more.   

Miami International Boat Show Innovation Award Winners Honored 
The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) and Boating Writers International (BWI) announced today winners of the 2015 Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show Innovation Awards, presented during the annual Industry Breakfast at the Miami Beach Convention Center. This year’s program featured a record number of entries with 97 products-a 68 percent increase in entries compared to last year.  
ABYC’s Ed Sherman was on the judging committee. Click here to see the winners. 

Snell & Wilmer Blog – Product Liability Update
What’s The “Internet of Things” and What Are Its Legal Challenges?

The “Internet of Things” is the universe of smart devices that talk to the internet or to one another. The devices have unique identifiers and the ability to automatically transfer data over a network on their own, without human interaction.

Some examples in the home include WiFi-connected home security systems, thermostats, cameras, refrigerators, and wearable technology. Some industrial examples include smart grid utilities, patient monitoring, connected commercial vehicles, and smart buildings and factories. Cisco estimates that there are about 200 connectable things per person in the world today. By 2020, it’s estimated that 50 billion things will be connected to the internet. Click here to read more.

BRP-Evinrude showcases biobutanol during test rides at Miami International Boat Show
Through its Evinrude brand, BRP will be showcasing the alternative fuel biobutanol, a second-generation biofuel, during test rides at the Miami International Boat Show.
BRP’s Evinrude engineers have been collaborating for four years with the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) and several engine and boat manufacturers in the testing of advanced alternative fuels for use in recreational marine engines and boats.
Supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and Argonne National Laboratory, Evinrude has been integral to the four year comprehensive testing program which includes the American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) and other boat and engine manufacturers across the industry.
“Boaters have the opportunity to test how the fuel works first hand here at the show, and that’s definitely part of the equation in creating interest and demand for this next-generation biofuel,” said Jeff Wasil, engineering manager in emissions testing, certification and regulatory development for BRP-Evinrude. Click here to read more

Blue Sea Systems Supports ABYC Training and Certification  

Blue Sea Systems, a Bellingham based manufacturer of marine electrical systems, hosted the ABYC Marine Electrical Certification course in late December. Nine Blue Sea Systems employees attended the course and passed the rigorous electrical certification exam.
“We appreciate the training and insight our personnel get from the ABYC and how it enhances our ability to better support our customers on technical questions,” said Wayne Kelsoe, Chief Technology Officer for Blue Sea System.
“It was an honor to teach an ABYC Electrical Certification Class to nine employees and eleven local technicians at the Blue Sea Systems facility,” said Kevin Ritz, ABYC Instructor. “It is through the efforts of companies like Blue Sea Systems, working with ABYC, which ensures boaters receive safe, high quality products for their electrical projects.”  Read full press release here.  



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Upcoming Classes:
  • Intro to Basic Marine Electric & Corrosion Protection (Page, AZ)
  • Marine Systems Certification (Toms River, NJ)
  • Marine Corrosion Certification (Jacksonville, FL)
  • Marine Corrosion Certification (Mississauga, Ontario)
Contact Sandy Brown to host a class and get a free seat in the certification class! 

COMING SOON! ABYC National Group Insurance
Due to tremendous interest in offering a program that will help manage mandatory insurance costs, ABYC is getting ready to launch a National Group Insurance Program exclusively for our members. If you are a mobile marine technician, mechanic, surveyor, consultant, boat broker or naval architect and need liability or professional negligence insurance, this will be a great opportunity to obtain competitive rates for your business.  
We will be sharing more information in the coming weeks, so keep your eyes open and check our website (

Gates closed at Christensen Shipyards

 Workers arrived early Monday morning to start their day at Christensen Shipyards, the Vancouver-based builder of custom yachts, only to find the gates locked.

Sea Ray Boats To Reactivate Merritt Island Plant

True craftsmanship creating a yacht of style and substance seamlessly … Ray is the world’s leading manufacturer of superior quality pleasure boats.
Members sought for national boating safety advisory panel

Members are needed to serve on the National Boating Safety Advisory Council. The United States Cost Guard (USCG) announced in the Federal .

Yacht and sailboat builder Ted Irwin dies from cancer

Irwin grew up building boats in Pinellas County and made millions through his enterprise, which at its peak was known as one of the largest …


Coast Guard Office of the Auxiliary and Boating Safety launches redesigned website

Coast Guard Office of the Auxiliary and Boating Safety launches redesigned website

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Coast Guard’s Office of the Auxiliary and boating safety has officially launched its redesigned boating safety website to provide easier navigation for recreational boaters to locate the information they need. “The newly redesigned website has a fresh look that is aligned with our strategic partners’ visions for what is important to the recreational boating…

Eastern Boats expands manufacturing

It was impossible to move if nine boats were in the old rigging building, Bourdeau said. The new space can hold more than 17 boats, which can be 18 .

£6m deal for Isle of Wight boatbuilder

South Boats IOW, the UK’s foremost manufacturer of class-leading Wind Farm Service Vessels (WFSV), has secured a major £6m new vessel order …
Almost 400 new jobs coming to Brevard County



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