Jan 16 2011

Why is it better to buy an NMMA certified boat?

Category: Boating - Nautical


All boats sold in the U.S. must meet U.S. Coast Guard minimum safety regulations. NMMA Certified boats, in addition to the US Coast Guard requirements, must also meet the stricter standards set by the ABYC. The ABYC regulations cover more systems and components than USCG regulations.

NMMA Certified boats must pass third-party inspection to guarantee all relevant standards are in compliance. The result is a thoroughly inspected, high-quality, boat for you and your passengers. The certification covers a range of categories including:

  • Fuel systems
  • Ventilation
  • Passenger and weight capacity (boats under 26′)
  • Horsepower Capacity (boats under 20′)
  • Flotation (boats under 20′)
  • Electrical systems
  • Navigation lights
  • Warning label placement and guidelines
  • Steering systems

Purchasing a boat that has been manufactured with the help of a NMMA-trained Certification technician will give you the peace of mind that these strict standards have been met and that it is a high quality boat.

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