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Old 10-01-2007, 12:39   #1
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Where Can I Find ABYC Compliance Literature?

Does anyone know where I can find ABYC compliance literature? I am intersted in making sure all of my repairs are in compliance.

Please note: I know they sell little booklets for $25/pop on the ABYC web site. Is there any info out there for regular guys who want to make sure they keep everything ship shape on their personal boats?
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Old 10-01-2007, 15:15   #2
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I know they sell little booklets for $25/pop on the ABYC web site.
It's how they finance the "standards". They don't write them for free you know!

You could say you were from Cruisers Forum and maybe get a deal.
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Old 10-01-2007, 15:54   #3
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Sean, you might try calling a repository library or a reference library and asking if they have a set. You probably won't be able to take them out but you should be able to access them.

In NYC, probably the 42nd Street Library would have a set. Columbia, NYU, etc. might also have them.
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Old 10-01-2007, 16:50   #4
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Great idea, Hellosailor! You are full of good ones today. I can't open a school without having it be ABYC compliant, now can I?

Kidding. I really do want to be sure I know how to fix things to the ABYC standard.

I do have an old NYC library card. Maybe it still works?
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Hey Sully

The ABYC standards are not "Do It Yourself" manuals. Indeed far far from it. They're written by professional engineers for engineers. Although you can gleen some info from them they're not really designed or written for that. You'd probably get more worth for your money from books from the likes of Charlie Wing & Nigel Caulder.

Some of the standards are under review and available to download. For example: ABYC 11-e, the Electrical systems standard (most often requested) http://www.abycinc.org/committees/e-11.pdf

If you've got any specific requests for info I can research the appropriate standard for you.

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Old 10-01-2007, 19:27   #6
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Hi Rick,

Thanks for that link. Indeed, this is the type of info I'm looking for. I wanted to pour through standards of proper, accredited info like this. Unfortunately, I find papers like this (remember the whitepapers defining TCP/IP, SMTP, POP, etc..??) very fascinating.

Ideally, I'd like to have a read through their entire collection, as linked on their website. It looks as though you need a password to access it though.
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Old 10-01-2007, 20:09   #7
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Sean,
I have the standards in print. It's a binder about 2.5" thick. Email or call me with your specific concern and I'll research it.
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Some WEST Marine stores used to (late '90'2) have a reference copy of the ABYC Standards & Recommendations.
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"I can't open a school without having it be ABYC compliant, now can I? "
Dunno, but I think you should campaign among marinas to only allow hull shining by properly certified graduates from *your* program. Then on to Congress, or at least the AFL-CIO, to make sure you get a lock on that franchise completely. "Sorry Skipper, but you'll need to be properly certified and licensed to apply that wax in this boatyard! Insurance regulations, you know!"
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ABYC
ABYC Project Technical Committees (PTCs) are responsible for Standards and Technical Information Reports for Small Craft.
Goto: American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) - Standards Comment Form

The following documents are up for review, and available on-line, at the above link:
A-04 - Fire Fighting Equipment
A-14 - Gasoline and Propane Gas Detection Systems
A-24 - Carbon Monoxide Detection Systems
E-11 - AC and DC Electrical Systems on Boats
P-01 - Installation of Exhaust Systems for Propulsion and Auxiliary Engines
P-06 - Propeller Shafting Systems
S-07 - Boat Capacity Labels
S-08 - Boat Measurement and Weight
S-12 - Outboard Engine, Transom and Engine Well Dimensions
S-30 - Outboard Engine and Related Equipment Weights
T-05 - Safety Signs and Labels
T-24 - Owner/Operator's Manuals
TH-22 - Educational Information About Carbon Monoxide


The following Requests for Interpretation (RFIs) have been presented to the Project Technical Committee (PTC) which is responsible for that standard and the answers have been excerpted from PTC minutes when answered by the committee.
Goto: American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) - Standards Work: Requests for Interpretation
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Old 13-01-2007, 07:15   #11
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Thank you, all for the helpful links and information. I'm sure using a combination of the advice, I'll be able to get my hands on most of the most important modules.
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One more ABYC "standard"

I think Gord forgot one: ABYC "SOP-101-Keeping a Woman Happy Aboard"
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After a decade aboard, Maggie & I have swallowed the anchor – ergo, you would be correct in assuming that I was unaware of (and unable to intuit, on my own, the information therein) ABYC "SOP-101-Keeping a Woman Happy Aboard”.

"The best laid schemes of mice and men …”, or as they say in Jamaica, “man makes plans, and God laughs”.
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Ha ha ha! They ought to come up with that one. There hasn't been enough research.
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There's plenty of data (the product of research); but what's missing are efficacious conclusions.
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