Chances are you’ve been at the boatyard or marina lately, hovering hopefully as you wait for your boat to get back in the water, checking with your service techs about projects they’ve been working on to have you all ready for a great season of sailing. These are the busiest months of the year for people in the marine service industry, so it’s timely that the American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) has designated this week as International Marine Service Technician Week.
“We’ve heard from marine businesses large and small with their plans, and we are excited to see how everyone runs with this celebration,” says ABYC Marketing and PR Director Shannon Aronson. “It’s a busy time for many, so it’s nice to honor techs who are working really hard to get boats ready for spring and summer boating season.”
ABYC will be highlighting technicians and organizations throughout the week on social media, with days dedicated to long-time industry members, marine service programs and schools, female technicians, and those who are training to be marine service tech educators and teachers. On Thursday, ABYC will announce the Outstanding Technician Awards.
“We received over 80 nominations for the Outstanding Technician Awards, which speaks to how grateful the industry is as a whole for techs who are often unsung heroes,” Aronson says.
There are more than 5,000 ABYC Certified Technicians across the country. These are people who have taken and passed the ABYC’s extensive courses in the various marine service specialties to ensure that they have the expertise to service boats of all types to ABYC standards. You can find them on the site’s database, FindaBoatTech.com.
To follow what’s going on with International Marine Technician Week, catch ABYC on their Facebook and Instagram pages and search for the social media hashtag #MarineServiceTechWeek and #ThankYouMarineTechs. And while you’re at it, make sure to give a little extra thank you to your marine service techs!
For more on the ABYC, visit abycinc.org.