The American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) has appointed Brian Goodwin as its technical director.

Goodwin joined ABYC as a technical standards manager in December 2010, coming from an East Coast boat dealer.  Goodwin holds a USCG 100 ton captain license and has a dual degree in biology and marine science from Salisbury University.  His work experience includes a dockmaster role, and as an officer at National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Commenting on the appointment, Dave Marlow, ABYC technical board chair, says: “In today's environment of ever increasing regulations and requirements, it remains so important for ABYC to not only be able to respond to the changing climate but also to aid in the interpretation and compliance by writing new or updating existing standards.  Brian ensures that our core business of writing technical standards, aimed at ensuring safer boating, remains a vital part of what we provide.  He has a wonderful understanding of the marine industry, the products they make and moreover, how consumers interact with them.  All of that knowledge gives him, and ABYC, a leg up on making sure our voluntary standards are relevant and useful.”

Established in 1954, ABYC is a not-for-profit organisation aiming to develop safety standards for the design, construction, maintenance and repair of marine craft.