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a corrective action plan for each item. For
production-based variances – for example
insufficient supports on a hose run, or too
many wires on a fuse block – educating the
worker tasked with the assembly of those
components about the correct process might
be all that is required.
“The majority of variance issues that turn
up are production-based for a builder continuing in the program,” says Newsome. For
engineering-based variances, where something was designed in a manner inconsistent
with the standards, testing or reengineering
the part may be required, as well as photo
documentation during follow-up.
Complying with these constantly updated
standards for each new model seems like a
gargantuan task, but there are ways to keep
compliance from being overwhelming. For
instance, boatbuilders rely on numerous vendors to supply boat parts; everything from
cleats and thru-hulls to fuel tanks and horns
comes from outside suppliers. Some items
are critical components, such as fuel tanks,
and require additional scrutiny in the form
of standards from other organizations such
as Underwriters Laboratory (UL), or the
National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).
The NMMA compiles a list of those that
meet the requirements, deems them “
type-accepted,” and allows builders to use such
components without further testing.
Builders that are not NMMA members may
still build to ABYC standards, but they are
not inspected, or certified. Adey says many
low-volume builders do their best to comply
and build to the standards. Smaller builders do so knowing that the ABYC standards
exceed the minimum requirements of the
Used-boat buyers can look for the
“NMMA-Certified using ABYC standards”
logo on the capacity plate of boats measuring
26 feet or less, or look for a “Yacht Certified”
plate, typically metal and permanently affixed,
if the boat is longer than 26 feet. This indicates the boat was certified to the standards
in effect at the time of construction; however,
any repairs or changes made by a prior owner
may or may not have been made according to
Manufacturers that go to the added trouble
and expense to build their boats to ABYC
standards and participate in the NMMA certification process are proud of it and view the
certification visits as learning opportunities,
where they can improve the boatbuilding process and their products. And though building
to the standards can increase the cost of doing
business – for instance, the recently adopted
fuel-fill and evaporative emissions standard
effectively raised the cost of a fuel tank by as
much as 300 percent – the builders believe
the alternative, regulations written by federal
agencies, would be far more onerous.
Michael Vatalaro is BoatU.S. Magazine
Some types of equipment may be approved by standards other than the
NMMA’s such as those of organizations
like the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) or the Coast Guard.