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New Committee Formed to Examine Human Interactions with Boats

New York, Aug 09, 2006

Recent research sponsored by the U.S. Coast Guard confirms that most boaters equate boating safety with equipment such as life jackets, fire extinguishers, and radios. But according to the Coast Guard’s latest statistics report, human behaviors are the leading contributing factors of all reported boating accidents. In order to investigate this trend, ANSI member and accredited standards developer the American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC) has embarked on a mission to explore human interface with boats and related equipment.

A newly assembled ABYC product interface committee will work closely with the U.S. Coast Guard to examine concerns such as propeller injuries and falls overboard and will develop standards solutions to these issues as necessary. The committee’s first order of business will be to consider engine cutoff devices in light of a possible U.S. Coast Guard proposal under consideration that would require manufacturers to fit all boats with these safety devices.

Experts from all fields of the marine industry, the Coast Guard, and private boat owners form ABYC’s project technical committees. Interested individuals, particularly those with technical expertise in occupant protection, human factors design, accident recreation and investigation, and hydrodynamics, are encouraged to join the newly formed committee.

For further information, or to join the committee, please contact John Adey, ABYC technical director (

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