Many organizations are involved in the development of different types of standards applicable to the design, construction and maintenance of boats and related equipment. Coordination of this many--faceted effort is essential to the efficient use of available expertise and resources. The American Boat and Yacht Council has assumed the role of coordinator, participating on appropriate committees and maintaining a close liaison with each of the organizations at the staff level. This cooperative effort includes a working relationship with the U. S. Coast Guard on both the voluntary and mandatory standards programs. A listing of standards is included.