All this week, the American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC) is recognizing the professionals who keep boats safe, reliable, and fun to operate during International Marine Service Technician Week.
From April 24–30, ABYC will publish ABYC Certified Technician profiles and host social media contests. Marine businesses, associations, and boaters are encouraged to participate by celebrating and highlighting their marine technicians. Click here to spin the ABYC’s Certified Technician Prize Wheel.
“As it’s spring commissioning time for most of the northern U.S. and people are excited about getting on the water, it’s a great time to honor marine service technicians,” said ABYC education director David Broadbent. “By designating an entire week to the dedicated professionals in this field, we have the luxury of really drawing attention to this fulfilling career path.”
According to the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), annual boat sales grew by 14 percent in 2020, with sales in boat-centric states such as Florida up 28 percent from 2019. More boats on the water mean a heightened need for skilled maintenance and repair technicians.
"A boat that receives high-quality and timely maintenance, keeps our customer on the water, significantly less frustrated, and potentially involved with boating for a lot longer,” said Broadbent. “We all owe a big thanks to ABYC Certified Technicians and others who excel at their job and work on their continuing education to keep current with the industry’s newest trends and technologies.”
Visit the ABYC website for ideas on how to celebrate marine technicians.
Or click here to find an ABYC certified technician.