Boating Safety... Built In

...TO YOUR PHONE. Thanks to a U.S. Coast Guard Recreational Boating Safety Nonprofit Grant, the checklist of items will help make the boat more safe and comfortable. It can be used on powered and non-powered boats that operate in United States' waters.

We make the rules of boating easy to follow, for FREE!

Not only does the app include the USCG mandatory on-board safety requirements, but also includes the ability to:

  • Store information on up to 3 boats
  • File and save float plans
  • Add boating contacts
  • Receive maintenance guideline alerts
  • Access supplies list
  • Be reminded of important dates

Download the Boat Essentials mobile app, and be confident you are safe on the water.

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ABYC is Boating Safety... Built In.

Created in 1954 as a non-profit organization to develop safety standards for the design, construction, equipage, repair and maintenance of boats, our mission is to improve boating safety and reduce the number of injuries and fatalities.

We write the Standards & Technical Information Report for Small Craft, the standards by which boats are built and repaired.

YOU need ABYC!

Make sure your boat is built and repaired to ABYC Standards, done right the first time to the highest quality of excellence.

When you see

you are in good hands with our members and certified technicians who care about your safety and the latest technical advancements.

Our members are better trained, more qualified, use best practices, and with their quality work, you will undoubtedly be a returning customer.

Search our directory to find an ABYC Technician in your area.

We continue to certify technicians across the U.S. to ensure ABYC is represented in every region.

What do we offer?

Take our Basic electrical class, a consumer certification that teaches you the basics on your boat.

View our Safety Webinars, addressing accidents that could have been prevented had ABYC Standards been followed.

Attend one of our Free Boating Safety Checks held at ABYC member locations. This is where power and sail boats get a free, in-water, on-board survey by an ABYC professional showing you what’s correct, and what needs to be updated to comply with the standards.

Our members

Our members include Equipment manufacturers, boat builders, service technicians, military personnel, boat surveyors, and consumers who are concerned with boating safety.

The American Boat & Yacht Council is Boating Safety...Built In, every time for you.