American Boat And Yacht Council (ABYC) develops the voluntary consensus safety standards for the design, construction, equipage, maintenance and repair of small craft. Often, ABYC is the only source of standards for many aspects of the marine industry. The development of uniform standards is the basis for industry-wide comparisons of products and performance. ABYC is also a principal source for the development of international standards, by acting as the administrator for a Technical Advisory Group which writes standards for the marine industry worldwide.


Technical Information EXCHANGE for Marine Professionals. This is the web-site for marine professionals to exchange ideas, comments and information related to the marine industry. Their site is open to EXCHANGE subscribers only.


National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is a worldwide leader in providing fire, electrical, and life safety to the public. Established in 1896, the mission of the international, nonprofit, member organization is to reduce the worldwide burden of fire and other hazards on the quality of life by developing and advocating scientifically based consensus codes and standards, research, training, and education.



The United States Coast Guard (USCG) is this nation’s oldest and its premier maritime agency. The most visible mission of the Coast Guard is boating safety. The Federal statutes that authorize the U. S. Coast Guard to regulate the manufacture of recreational boats appear in Title 46, United States Code and the safety standards and regulations applicable to manufacturers of recreational boats and associated equipment are found in Title 33 of the Code of Federal Regulations and Title 46 of the Code of Federal Regulations.

These regulations govern the design and construction of recreational boats and include manufacturer certification, identification of boats, display of capacity information, safe loading, safe powering, flotation, electrical systems, fuel systems, ventilation, start-in-gear protection, navigation lights, and backfire flame control.


U.S. Coast Guard Office of Boating Safety is dedicated to improving the knowledge, skills and abilities of recreational boaters with the ultimate goal of reducing the loss of life, injuries and property damage that occur on US waterways.



National Safe Boating Council Inc. was organized in September 1958 under the name National Safe Boating Committee. The NSBC presently has a membership of over 290 US and Canadian organizations, all with an interest in boating safety and education. The NSBC membership is diverse, with approximately 65% of the membership being nonprofit organizations and 35% being for-profit organizations. The mission of the NSBC is to reduce accidents and enhance the boating experience. The NSBC is the foremost coalition for the advancement and promotion of safer boating through education.

US SURVEYORS ASSOCIATION, founded in 1987, is a national society of dedicated professionals whose mutual goal is to maintain the highest standards of quality and ethics in marine surveying. They are one of the 4 largest Surveyor Associations in America.




The International Institute of Marine Surveying (IIMS) is an independent, non-political organisation promoting the professonalism, recognition and training of marine surveyors worldwide.


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