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Fibergalss Boat layupDisclaimer: Throughout this site, I try to provide contact information for the US Coast Guard, ABYC and other organizations. The information on this website, unless it is a direct quote from the US Coast Guard, the American Boat And Yacht Council or other entity, or the United States Code, Code Of Federal Regulations, or from a published standard, is my own interpretation of the rules and regulations. I try to keep this as accurate as possible, but laws change, standards are revised, and personnel administering those change. Some standards are controversial. Other persons may have different interpretations or methods of achieving an equivalent level of safety to comply with the regulations and standards. This is a personal web page and not affiliated with the U. S. Coast Guard. Any mistakes are the author's. If you have a comment contact me here, or post a question on my BLOG

About this site:

This site was created for the boat builder and the boat owner. It is intended to be a reference for the beginning boat builder who has decided to build boats and sell them. It does not tell you how to build boats, although it has many links to such sites on Ike's List. It does tell you what things you need to know if you are building or planning to build boats and sell them.

This is not just for wood boats, or fiberglass boats, but for all boats.  I have purposely kept the design of this site as simple as possible so it will load quickly even on a dial up connection.

It is the boat manufacturer’s responsibility to ensure that their products comply with the regulations or laws in the country where they manufacture and/or sell their products.  They should get copies of the laws or standards that apply to their products and become thoroughly familiar with their contents. This web site can aide in doing that but boat manufacturers should consult with the US Coast Guard or the authority in their country to be sure that their products meet all of the regulations or standards that apply.

This is not a commercial web site. I am not selling the information found here. It is readily available from many sources. However, I have compiled the electrical pages and the pages on Capacity/Loading and Flotation into e-books which are for sale through my store for a nominal fee. I do have to pay for the domain name and for the web site. So, you will find ads on this site. There are  Google ads. If you click on an ad I earn a few cents. If you buy something I get a very small percentage of the sale. From the books and the ads I earn approximately $300.00 USD which is barely enough to pay for the site.

I have worked for many years in the boating and boat building field. I have noted the lack of information available for new boat builders. There are people who can help you.

The Coast Guard people that can help you are at Headquarters in Washington DC. They are all  dedicated professionals, very knowledgeable, and will help you any way they can. You can contact them at  202-372-1077 .  They also have a contract factory inspection program and new builders are given priority on visits, usually within the first year.

There are others who can help you. The American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) is the standards organization for our industry. They have standards that go way beyond what the Coast Guard has. I am a long time member, have served on committees, and know the people who work there and they are all very helpful and dedicated to boating safety.  Call them at 410-990-4460 or fax 410-990-4466.

The National Marine Manufacturers Association is the largest industry association for boat manufacturers.

There are many other organizations for boat builders.

Boat Design.net http://www.boatdesign.net/net/
Wooden Boat Foundation  http://www.woodenboat.org/
Metal Boat Society  http://www.metalboatsociety.org
Professional Boat Builder  http://www.proboat.com/
Independent Boat Builders, Inc. (IBBI) http://www.iboatbuilders.com/
American Boat Builders and Repairers Association http://www.abbra.org/
American Boatbuilders Association (ABA) http://www.ababoats.com/
United Marine Manufacturers Association http://umma.com/

There are many more on Ike's List

Also, most states or regions have a Marine Trade Association that represents its members in the state legislature or on Federal issues.  See ABBRA's list of State Trade Associations http://www.abbra.org/legislative/state-trade-association-contacts/

If you have feedback on any subject on this web site please contact me. My e-mail link is at the top of every page. Quite a few other people have contributed to the content and when possible I have given them an attribution and a link if they have a website or business.

Enjoy the web site and I sincerely hope it helps you succeed with your boat building plans!

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