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Boat building safety standards and regulatory documents found free on the web.

ABYC Documents:  Warning. All of these are old out of date versions of ABYC standards. ABYC standards are updated regularly, so any standard more than five years old has probably been revised.  All ABYC  documents are copyrighted so any such document must no longer be protected by copyright You can obtain current versions from ABYC at http:/ for a fee.  If a listed standard does not have a link it is because this document has been removed from the web.  If I am able to locate a copy that is no longer under copyright I will re-list the document and the link,.

ABYC:  Equipment

A-1 Marine Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG) Systems (1993)

A-7 Liquid and Solid Fueled Boat Heating Systems Ver 7/06

A-22 Marine Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Systems Ver. 8/19/93 ver.


A-28 Galvanic Isolators 07/08


E-2 Cathodic Protection (2001)

E-11 Electrical Systems (2006) (2008)

Hull Performance:

H-2 Ventilation Of Boats Using Gasoline 07/2000

H-5 Boat Load Capacity (2004)

H-8  Buoyancy In The Vent Of Swamping (Flotation) 07/99

H-22 Electric Bilge Pump Systems (07/2005)

H-24 Gasoline Fuel Systems

H-27 Seacocks, Thru-Hull Fittings, and drain plugs (07/2008)

H-32 Ventilation Of Boats Using Diesel Fuel (07/2008)

H-33 Diesel Fuel Systems (draft copy) 06/2004

H-35 Pontoon Boats Load Capacity and Powering (2003)

H-40  Anchoring. Mooring, and Strong Points. (07/2003)

Technical Information Reports:

T-1Aluminum Applications For Boats And Yachts

T-5 Safety Signs and Labels

TE-4 Lightning Protection

TH-22 Educational Information About Carbon Monoxide (2002)


TP 1332 Canadian Construction Standards For Small Vessels


Carbon Monoxide Emissions and Exposures on Express Cruisers


NVICs (Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circulars)

NVIC 7-95 Guidance on Inspection, repair and Maintenance of Wooden Boats

Boating Safety Circulars

Compliance Guide Safe Loading and Display of Capacity:

ISO (International Standards)  I have been requested by ISO to remove the following three documents from my web site as they believe I have violated their copyright.  In the spirit of cooperation with ISO I have done so. Please request these documents directly from ISO.  (All ISO documents removed by copyright owner's request)

10133 Small craft — Electrical systems — Extra-low-voltage d.c. installations 

11591 - Small craft, engine-driven—Field of vision from helm position

 13297  Small craft — Electrical systems — Alternating current installations

Underwriters Laboratories  (seriously out of date)  (All UL documents removed by copyright owner's request) Most of the UL marine standards have been transferred to ABYC and will be designated CL. - e.g.  UL 1500 is now CL-1500

UL 1112 Marine Electric Motors And Generators 09/97

UL 1113 Electrically Operated Pumps For Non Flammable Liquids, Marine 09/97

UL 1120 Marine Engine Ignition Systems and Components 09/97

UL 1121 Marine Thru Hull Fittings and Sea-Valves 11/98

ICOMIA (International Council Of Marine Industry Assoc.) 

Guideline 3- Electrical.

Guideline Number 7 – ISO Builder’s Plate/US Boat capacity labels

Revised 04/09/2019

American Boat And Yacht Council  Boat Design Net  Wooden Boat Foundation
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