The American Boat & Yacht Council

ABYC Standards at Work

Mouse over this boat image to see just a few examples of the ABYC standards that we often take for granted, but work to keep boating safe for everyone.

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E-10 Batteries

E-10 Batteries
  • Wiring and battery terminal connections
  • Installation and safety testing of batteries
  • Battery boxes

H-41 Reboarding Means and Ladders

H-41 Reboarding Means and Ladders
  • Location of the lowest step
  • Locations of slip resistant surfaces

H-22 Bilge Pumps

H-22 Bilge Pumps
  • Design and construction of pumps
  • Location and installation
  • Acceptable hose characteristics

E-11 Electrical System

E-11 Electrical System
  • Wire sizing and voltage drop tables
  • Design of both AC and DC electrical systems
  • Overcurrent device location compliance

P-14 Propulsion Controls

P-14 Propulsion Controls
  • Location, orientation and installation of controls
  • Design and installation of control cables
  • Testing of control components

H-33 Diesel Fuel Systems

H-33 Diesel Fuel Systems
  • Installation and composition of diesel fuel tanks
  • Design and construction of fuel lines and system
  • Fuel system testing

H-41 Rails and Lifelines

H-41 Rails and Lifelines
  • Location requirements
  • Load testing requirements of grab rails
  • Pipe or tubing handhold device diameter requirements

A-16 Navigation Lights

A-16 Navigation Light
  • Installation Location
  • Characteristics of light construction
  • Compliance with USCG and International law

H-40 Strong Points

H-40 Strong Points
  • Strong point working loads
  • Anchor and mooring requirements
  • Characteristics of bow eyes and lifting systems

H-3 Hatches & Port Lights (Exterior Windows, Windshields, Hatches, Doors, Port Lights, and Glazing Materials)

H-3 Hatches & Port Lights
  • Construction and load capability testing
  • Testing criteria for watertight and weathertight
  • Recommended glazing materials for port lights

H-27 Seacocks, Thru-Hull Fittings and Drain Plugs

H-27 Seacocks, Thru-Hull Fittings and Drain Plugs
  • Seacock design and construction requirements
  • Installation requirements
  • Load test requirements