Ed Sherman

Ed Sherman serves as Director of Educational Programming for the American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC).  In that capacity he has helped develop the marine industry’s most highly regarded certifications for marine surveyors, service technicians and boat builders. Ed’s training and certification programs are used by the US Navy, US and Canadian Coast Guards as well as NOAA and Transport Canada to ensure that their small boat fleets are built and maintained to ABYC Standards.

Ed is an industry insider with over 35 years of diverse experience as a technician, service manager and business owner.

Prior to joining the ABYC Ed served as Chairman of the Marine Technology Department at New England Institute of Technology in Warwick, RI for 15 years.

Ed is past President of the Rhode Island Marine Trades Association and served as President of the International Sailing Institute, a group that created the first and only maritime themed charter school in the State of Rhode Island.

Ed is the former Electronics Editor for Cruising World and Sailing World magazines and still contributes to these as well as Professional Boat Builder magazine.  Ed is the author of four highly regarded books on boat maintenance, Outboard Engines, The Powerboater’s Guide to Electrical Systems, The Twelve-Volt Bible for Boats (2nd edition) and Advanced Marine Electronics and Electronics Troubleshooting. He currently maintains his own blog site,

Ed lives in Rhode Island with his wife and son. He is an avid sailor and sport fisherman who is known for ‘disappearing’ with a fly rod in his hands from time to time.

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