With this iPhone App the ABYC is making the rules of boating easy to follow, for free! Not only does the app include the USCG mandatory on-board safety requirements, but also includes the ability to:
  • 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
You have to start by filling in all the details about yourself and your boat so have these to hand when you first open the app.  It asks for your name, address, age etc so that when you file a float plan these are included.  It also asks for details of the boat including length, beam and draft, registration number etc. 
 
The American Boat & Yacht Council 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 Louisville, Kentucky.
 
This is the first time ABYC has won this award and that added to the already high energy at our 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 Android version will be developed when funds allow.