ABYC (American Boat And Yacht Council) Since 1985
3069 Solomons Island Rd.
Edgewater, MD 21037-1416
This is the mother of all yacht safety organizations. They write most of the rules adapted as law by the USCG. They are the most active and influential nongovernmental organization in the marine industry. I strongly recommend that anyone you hire in the marine industry be a member of this organization They are that important.

SAMS ( Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors ) AMS (Accredited Marine Surveyor)
4605 Cardinal Boulevard
Jacksonville, Florida 32210
This is perhaps the best known and recognized of the three major Surveyor organizations. Members must meet strict entrance requirements and are tested on their knowledge.

Boating Writers International


BWI is a professional organization consisting of writers, editors, photographers, broadcasters, public relations specialists and others in the communications profession associated with the boating industry.

Members include active marine journalists across the United States, Canada and Europe; associate members in public relations roles; and supporting members, such as marine manufacturers and service companies.

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