ABBRA – American Boat Builders & Repairers Association

ABBRA & ABYC Webinar: Electrical Safety in the Boatyard Environment

Starts: June 05

Ends: June 05

Captain David Rifkin, ABYC Technician and ABYC instructor of ABYC Electrical and Corrosion courses and Michael Esposito, CMM (President, Irish Boat Shop) present Electrical Safety in the Boatyard Environment: assessing the risks and protecting personnel, subcontractors and customers. This webinar will cover electrical risks and dangers in the boatyard environment including identification of published standards which govern this area.

Michael will provide a boatyard/marina operator’s perspectives and practical experiences regarding electrical safety, including dockside electrical systems and hazards in the marina environment.

This webinar will be useful for boatyard technicians, management, surveyors, and any other personnel frequenting the boatyard environment.

When: June 5, 2014 at 1:00pm EDT 

Duration: 90 minutes

Where: Online in Your Home or Office

Cost: ABBRA & ABYC Members – $89.95 / Non-Members – $125.00 (The cost of the webinar includes unlimited viewing of the webinar for 30 days from June 5th.)  Use the promo code ABBRA when you are checking out at registration to receive the member rate.

Register Online Here

*If you have trouble registering contact Sandy Brown at ABYC: or 410-990-4460 x101.

About the Speakers:
Capt. David Rifkin – Capt. David Rifkin is from Jacksonville, FL. He served 24 years in the United States Navy, retiring as a Captain in 2000.  During his career he served on 5 nuclear powered submarines.

Following retirement he worked for a worldwide corrosion control company and then started his own marine surveying/consulting business. His business focuses on marine corrosion detection, prevention, and training, as well as consulting work in the marine/marina electrical areas.

Capt. Rifkin was selected to investigate the causes and prevention of Electric Shock Drowning through a USCG Safety Grant completed in 2008.  He currently speaks on corrosion and electrical topics to boating groups and technical personnel.  He is a Master ABYC Technician and teaches Electrical and Corrosion Certification courses for ABYC.  Capt. Rifkin is an Accredited Marine Surveyor (AMS) in the Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors (SAMS), and currently resides in Jacksonville, FL with his family.

Michael Esposito, CMM – Michael is President of Irish Boat Shop where he has worked since1994.  Irish Boat Shop’s marina and boatyard facilities on Lake Michigan have been providing outstanding service for recreational boats up to 80’ since 1961. Their three marinas employ 53 Full-time and 30+ seasonal workers servicing and storing both power and sailboats.

The highest priorities at their facilities is the safety of their employees, visitors, and customers. This philosophy pushed Michael and the staff at Irish Boat Shop to dedicate a substantial amount of time and effort to understanding the implications of providing electrical power within the marina environment and the serious hazards it can present, especially as it relates to Electrical Shock Drowning (ESD) in the fresh water environment.

Michael is a Certified Marina Manager, a Certified Storm Water Inspector (Michigan), holds a Black Belt in Taekwondo, and spends many weekends on the soccer field as a US Soccer Referee.