Gig Harbor Marina & Boatyard Joins ABYC


Boatyard’s Membership to the American Boat & Yacht Council Demonstrates Dedication to Safe Boating Practices

Gig Harbor Marina & Boatyard is pleased to announce that it has joined the American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC), a non-profit marine safety standards and technical education organization serving the boating industry around the globe.

“By becoming a member of ABYC, Gig Harbor Marina & Boatyard has validated their commitment to both safe boating standards and practices, as well as to better customer service through support of ABYC’s education and professional marine certification program,” said Kevin Scullen, ABYC’s membership director in a press release.

BoatyardABYC’s membership of approximately 5,000 is made up of boat builders, surveyors, boat yards, insurance companies, marinas, dealerships, government agencies, equipment and accessory manufacturers and marine enthusiasts. The organization has been developing, writing and updating the safety standards for boat building and repair in the United States for over 60 years.


Boatyard Has Two ABYC-Certified Technicians

ABYC certified

Mike Donnellan, electrical and electronics technician

“At Gig Harbor Marina & Boatyard, we believe that belonging to and supporting organizations such as ABYC will help increase the quality of our customer’s boating experience,” said Hartwell Champagne, general manager of Gig Harbor Marina & Boatyard.

“Membership in ABYC will give us the opportunity to participate in the standards development process, give us access to technical experts and provide us with the opportunity for professional training for our employees,” he continued. “It will also ensure we are complying with industry standards, which we all know improves boating safety.”

ABYC certified

Mike O’Neal, mechanical and electrical technician

Champagne pointed out that the boatyard has two ABYC-certified technicians, Michael Donnellan and Michael O’Neal, who are both ABYC Marine Electrical Certified. Donnellan is an electrical and electronics technician and O’Neal is a mechanical and electrical technician at the yard.

“Only with the support of members like Gig Harbor Marina & Boatyard are we able to continue our mission to develop safety standards for the design, construction, maintenance and repair of recreational marine craft,” said ABYC’s Scullen.  “Gig Harbor Marina & Boatyard understands that safety is the primary concern when taking your family out on the water, and ABYC gives them the resources to professionally service and maintain their boats.”

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