boat certification labelIn addition to the information below, all boats sold in Canada are required to be Transport Canada compliant as per regulation TP1332 "Construction Standards for Small Vessels".  To learn what is required to sell a boat in Canada click here.

NMMA Boat & Yacht Certification helps manufacturers ensure their boats are built to applicable standards set by the American Boats & Yacht Council (ABYC), and to promote their compliance to the public.

Participating boat manufacturers must submit applications for all models; each model must be physically inspected by an NMMA inspector annually. To achieve Certification, a manufacturer must demonstrate that all variances found during the inspection have been corrected. The manufacturer is responsible for ensuring that all production units are manufactured in compliance with the certified design.

The annual requirements for NMMA Certification are outlined in the certification agreement and published policies/documents. The standards used each model year are outlined within the Standards Basis.

For additional details regarding the process and annual requirements, please view the Participation Guide. 

To obtain the ABYC standards, please contact:

American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC)
613 Third Street, Suite 10
Annapolis, MD 21403