Xpress And Others Now NMMA Certified

November 2006 News

Eight more boat manufacturers including Xpress Boats are now officially certified under the National Marine Manufacturers Association's (NMMA) Boat/Yacht Certification program.

The following manufacturers recently earned the "NMMA Certified" designation for their respective products: Cabo Yachts, Adelanto, CA; Concept Boats, Opa Locka, FL; Dusky Marine, Dania, FL; Harbercraft, Vernon, BC, Canada; Hobie Cat, Oceanside, CA; Mercury Inflatables, Fond du Lac, WI; Xpress Boats, Manlius, NY; and Z1 Boats, Fort Lauderdale.

To date, 191 NMMA member manufacturers have become NMMA Certified. An additional 182 manufacturer members are currently undergoing the certification process.

"We are excited to recognize these manufacturers as being NMMA Certified," says Robert Newsome, manager of Engineering Standards for NMMA. "Their dedication to standard conformity and product safety is evidenced by this achievement."

While all boats in the United States must meet applicable U.S. Coast Guard regulations, boats built by manufacturers participating in the NMMA Certified program must also meet the more comprehensive standards set by the American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC). Furthermore, to become NMMA Certified, a boat must pass rigorous third-party inspection to ensure they meet and adhere to all applicable standards, as well as maintain an ongoing, formal Customer Satisfaction Index (CSI) program.

The NMMA Certification program covers more than 30 categories of standards, which vary by boat type and size and may include: fuel systems; ventilation; passenger and weight capacity; horsepower capacity; flotation; electrical systems; navigation lights; warning label placement and guidelines; and steering systems.

For additional information on the NMMA Certification program, or to schedule an inspection, contact NMMA manager, engineering standards Robert Newsome at (312) 946-6275; rnewsome@nmma.org.

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