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he American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC) won the International
Boatbuilders’ Exhibition and Conference (IBEX) Innovation Award for
Safety Equipment for the Boating Safety App “Boat Essentials-USCG Safety
Gear.” The award was announced on September 17, 2013 while at IBEX in Lou-
isville, Kentucky.
The free app is a simple checklist for boaters to identify the required and recom-
mended safety items to have onboard. It can be downloaded by clicking
The checklist is also available in paper form and copies can be requested by calling ABYC.
“This is the first time ABYC has won this award and that added to the already high energy at our IBEX booth,” said
John Adey, ABYC President. “We are proud to receive this award as a result of our partnership with the USCG and
their grant program.”
Funding of the app came as a result of a U.S. Coast Guard Recreational Boating Safety Nonprofit Grant, and the An-
droid version will be developed when funds allow.
ABYC members who also won Innovation Awards at this year’s
IBEX include Kenyon International, Clean Marine Systems,
Volvo Penta and SeaStar Solutions.
The boating safety app was developed by the Ken Cook Com-
pany. It includes suggestions on other items that will make a boat
safer and more comfortable. The app can be used on powered and
non-powered boats that operate in the waters of the United States.
It can:
- store information on up to 3 boats
- file and save float plans
- add boating contacts
- receive maintenance guideline alerts
- access supplies list
- be reminded of important dates
- available in paper form at
“This app embodies ‘Boating Safety Built In’ with everything you
need listed right there at your fingertips. Gone are the days of get-
ting out on the water only to find your flares are expired,” com-
mented Brian Goodwin, ABYC Technical Director.
“We get so many calls asking, ‘What do I need on my boat?’
Since nearly everyone carries their cell phone with them every-
where they go, including out on the boat, an app is a great tool to
get safety information into the hands of the boater,” said Vann
Burgess, Senior RBS Specialist with the USCG.
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