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Thursday, February 19, 2015

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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.  
Click here to view the full class calendar. 
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 (

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