ABYC (American Boat And Yacht Council) Since 1985
3069 Solomons Island Rd.
Edgewater, MD 21037-1416
410-956-1050
www.abycinc.org
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 ) Surveyor Associate
4605 Cardinal Boulevard
Jacksonville, Florida 32210
1-800-344-9077
www.marinesurvey.org/
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
http://www.bwi.org/
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.