Boating Safety Is For Life

Monday, August 15, 2016

Boat Building News

My good friend and colleague, and a giant of the boating world, has passed at age 90.  I will miss her terribly. The entire boating community owes her a large debt of gratitude for her significant contributions to boating safety.  She is not only one of the most remarkable women I have met in my lifetime, she is one of the most remarkable persons I have had the privilege to know and work with. God Bless her and may she rest in peace knowing the vital contributions she has made to her fellow man.

Bolling Fortson Douglas passed away on August 3, 2016 at age 90 at Cannon Wood Village in Tiger GA She was born on July 7, 1926 to a life on the water. Bolling was a remarkable woman, who lived her years to the fullest, accomplishing many firsts as a woman in the marine industry. 
Contributions may be made in her name to the ABYC Foundation or the U. S. Coast Guard Mutual Assistance Fund.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Boat Building News

Bennett has been building boats since 1987, but his skills were honed at a young age. A highly technical skill, he began welding at a young age after ...
Custom mahogany boat maker Hacker Boat Co. still plans to expand in ... land it initially bought to build a 90,000-square-foot manufacturing facility.
  A $64 million boat-building contract that would have created 200 jobs at the Henderson shipyards has been sunk because of a lack of State 

13, the festival offers plenty of classic vessels to view and the Sikaflex Challenge boat building competition, as it always has. New this year is ArtMart, .
  That's when manufacturing advancements drastically changed boat building. Out went wood. In came fiberglass, which builders could easily mold into .
11, 2016) - On July 27, 2016, aluminum boat manufacturer Lowe Boats reached 2,000,000 hours without a single lost time accident. The core team of ..
A three-time member of Canada's Olympic team, P.E.I.- born Gord Henry has turned his rowing experience into a successful business — a company .

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Boat Building News

The story of Manitoulin's early boat builders is a compelling one, as told by Bill Caesar, a passionate historian of the Island who lives on a bay within .

The International BoatBuilders' Exhibition and Conference will offer more than 80 education sessions during the October event held at the Tampa ...
  The NorthWest School of Wooden Boat Building. Betsy Davis, the Executive director was very kind to provide an in-depth tour of the facility. To see the ..
All but one of the boats Canada's rowing team will use at The Olympic ... On the floor, a Hudson boat builder uses a high-tech saw to cut through a ...
... built apps in computer programming class where they built apps and designed boats in a course combining engineering and naval architecture.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Boat Building News

For Immediate Release
August 4, 2016

Media Contact: Shannon Seipp
410.990.4460 x105

ABYC Releases Annually Updated Standards
Annapolis, Md.Each year the Standards and Technical Information Reports for Small Craft is updated to reflect changes in industry best practices and advancements in technology. The American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) officially released the 2016-2017 update with Supplement 56.
Among the many important standard revisions is H-5: Boat Capacity. In response to high profile accidents where overloading of upper decks resulted in fatalities, the standard has been expanded to cover upper deck weight capacity regardless of boat length. Other revisions include new battery testing and restraint requirements in E-10: Storage Batteries and added requirements to address current generator technology in A-27: Alternating Current (AC) Generator Sets.
“This was a very active year for our committees as we published 15 standards, almost double of what we published last year,” said Brian Goodwin, ABYC technical director. “It is imperative that boat builders and repair faculties are up-to-date on these changes.”
The full list of 2016-2017 revised standards:
·         A-16, Electric Navigation Lights
·         A-27, Alternating Current (AC) Generator Sets
·         E-10, Storage Batteries
·         H-5, Boat Load Capacity
·         H-25, Portable Marine Gasoline Fuel Systems
·         H-26, Powering of Boats
·         H-28, Inflatable Boats
·         H-23, Diesel Fuel System
·         P-6, Propeller Shafting Systems
·         P-14, Mechanical Propulsion Control Systems
·         S-8, Boat Measurement and Weight
·         T-1, Aluminum Applications
·         T-5, Safety Signs and Label
A webinar outlining the changes is offered for free to ABYC members and is available on demand at One continuing education credit (CEU) will be awarded for watching the webinar.
ABYC members can access the standards 24/7 by using the online standards library, which has been revamped with a robust search engine and improved search ability. Purchase the manual, or for access without internet connection, purchase the new desktop subscription version at
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Since 1954, the nonprofit American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC) has developed safety standards for boat design, construction, equipage, repair and maintenance. The essential global source of marine industry technical information, ABYC's product safety standards, credentialing, education, training, and other tools help members make boating safer.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Boat Building News

The studio has led both interior and exterior yacht design on an international scale. “We are grateful and pleased by UCINA's recognition for our work,” ..

Renowned boat builder Bill Thomas will follow the next week with his boat building workshop, in which participants can make their own Fox canoes.
Wednesday Fabbro Marine, the maker of Cape Horn Boats, started construction of its new 78,000 square foot facility in the Santa Rosa Industrial Park.
The centerpiece of the South Tahoe Wooden Boat Classic and making her debut, built from the original Dan Arena plans, is a replica of the 1939 “Miss .
The Suffolk-based luxury boat builder, Spirit Yachts, is expanding following an upturn in orders. YBW spoke to the firm's managing director, Nigel ..
  With a crack of a champagne bottle on the hull, a longtime Newfoundland fishing family launched a brand new boat on July 28. Roy Careen of Point ..

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Boat Building News

BOISE, Idaho (Legal Newsline) — Christopher Bohnenkamp, owner of the now-defunct Bohnenkamp's Whitewater Customs Inc. and Treasure Valley ...
From high performance yacht manufacturing to pioneering the caravan industry, Zone RV is rapidly expanding as its innovative technology makes ...
Once a chef, Jory Schmeling has found niche as wooden boat builder. Jory Schmeling, 33, general manager of StanCraft Wooden Boats, works 50-70 ...
Fabbro Marine, a local manufacturer of world-renowned Cape Horn offshore boats, is scheduled to break ground Wednesday on their new facility at ...
The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued citations to Chaparral Boats on July 18 for one repeated and ...
Relatively few people know boat building is still alive and well in Patchogue, once a national hub for the craft. At any given time, you might find ..
  In addition to the copper pesticide study, University of Minnesota researchers, a lake marina owner and boat manufacturer are looking at how boat .
"It is stable in pitch, heave and roll, so the boat's safety doesn't depend on an active control system, which would be complex, redundant and ...
Outdated wiring and a lack of proper safety equipment and routine maintenance on docks and boats can cause such situations where electricity ...
There, two of Tasmania's master boat-builders, Michael Wilson and Warren Innes, worked with breathtaking precision to recreate a world-class vessel .
Maritime engineering degrees in ocean engineering, naval architecture and marine and offshore engineering are also offered. These degrees are ...
  PORT HADLOCK — The Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding has been designated a Veteran Supportive Campus by the state Department of .
Jacob, along with brother Noah and buddy Ashton Ivany, headed to the museum earlier this month to build boats and learn about boat-making ...
... a difference, Grossi said, as did the involvement of racing shell builder George Pocock, who pioneered the use of Western red cedar in his shells.
CO2 warning stickers are for boats with small resting areas, and should be in ... Boating safety courses will also be required to give information on the ...
The Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding is hosting a four-day training on fundamental marine electrical systems Sept. 19-22, with support from ...

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Boat Building News

BOISE - Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden has resolved a 2016 lawsuit against a former Boise jet boat manufacturer accused of failing to ...
Merced is home to the Centurion manufacturing building on Grogan ... “They've never been in a boat and they build them every day,” Mauzy said.
The teams were participating in the Biddeford Boatbuilding Festival, a two-day event that started Saturday morning at 9 a.m. and ended at 5 p.m. 
Thankfully no one was reported injured, but the sinking has prompted an investigation of the boat company and highlighted questionable safety ...
  Changwon National University, which launched its Department of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering in 2008, is suggesting that students look 

The company, which currently has 40 employees, is looking to recruit a further 15 skilled boat builders and has plans to develop a workshop next to its ...
The Stonehouse-headquarted firm had initially feared it would have to shed 350 workers as it restructured in light of huge challenges in its global
Founded in 1993, IYRS operates three accredited schools — composites technology, boatbuilding, and restoration and marine systems.
  The U.S. Coast Guard alerts all boat operators to routinely check their lifejackets for possible deterioration after two vessels were found with more than