Originally Posted by Jdege
I have no need for membership, aside from access to the standards.
It seems to me that on a cruising boat you'd want to understand the standards even if you're hiring out the work.
I mean, you're going to be the one living in the boat, and not everyone you pay to do something is going to do it right.
I suppose. But it's pretty dry reading, and not all that instructive. If you live in a house, do you have a copy of the Building Code
The reason for ABYC certification
is that if someone's passed the exam, and they have good references
, you have a better chance of having dependable and code-compliant work done. There are other marine standards too.
As I mentioned, if you read the Calder book (or Casey, or Wing, or other reputable books), they often reference and include the applicable standards, in a way that makes it easier to understand, especially if you're new to this. Try to make friends with a current
ABYC member near you, and they might show you the full standards.