Sur/Tech Recorded Conference


ABYC's Sur/Tech 2021 was a gigantic hit among surveyors, technicians and other boating industry professionals. Because of high demand, we are making the recordings of the conference available to you now. Participation will earn 10 Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

Registration Fee (includes full access to all sessions):

  • $199.99 - ABYC Members
  • $299.99 - Non-members

Surveyor Training Sessions:

  • Corrosion theory and practice
  • Using standards when surveying older boats
  • How to make survey reports defensible in court
  • Surveying electrical systems
  • Writing survey reports utilizing ABYC standards

Technician Training Sessions:

  • Balmar - Batteries, chargers, alternators
  • AC systems - Analysis and tools
  • Marine insurance - Rights and liabilities for technicians
  • CZONE training
  • DC systems - Analysis and tools


Surveyor Training Sessions
Welcome to ABYC's Surveyor Training Day
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Select the "Watch Now" button to begin. ABYC President John Adey
Corrosion Basics and Theory
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Select the "Watch Now" button to begin. The cause of marine-corrosion issues can often be difficult to identify. Join ABYC Lead Instructor, Mike Bonicker, for a look at the science behind why it occurs, some common types in the marine industry and some of the ways we attempt to mitigate it. Speaker: Mike Bonicker
How to utilize the ABYC Standards when surveying older boats
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Select the "Watch Now" button to begin. Common standards you will use on a regular basis. Speaker: Derek Rhymes
How to make your survey reports defensible through application of ABYC standards
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Select the "Watch Now" button to begin. Speaker: Christina Paul
Surveying Electrical systems
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Select the "Watch Now" button to begin. Sweat the Small stuff! Proper Electrical system surveys should go beyond the Obvious. A/C, batteries, wiring, ignition systems Speaker: Ed Sherman
Writing survey reports utilizing and citing ABYC Standards
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Select the "Watch Now" button to begin. Speaker: Ray Toth
Technician Training Sessions
Welcome to ABYC's Technician Training Day
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Select the "Watch Now" button to begin. ABYC President John Adey
DC systems- Analysis and tools
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Select the "Watch Now" button to begin. Whether you are surveying a vessel for a client or inspecting a boat’s DC electrical system for a customer, there are some key components and installation details to look for. ABYC Lead Instructor, Mike Bonicker, presents some of the most important Standards-compliance topics relative to DC systems on boats, as well as diagnostic tools that can be used for testing and troubleshooting purposes. Speaker: Mike Bonicker
AC Systems- Analysis and tools
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Select the "Watch Now" button to begin. AC systems- Analysis and Tools –Electrical troubleshooting methods and techniques Speaker: Ed Sherman
Legal issues of marine insurance - Right and liabilities of owners and marine techs
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Select the "Watch Now" button to begin. Navigating the potentially dangerous waters of boat repair (A case study) loss, investigation, repair, the actual work and post investigation. Speaker: Chris Buck
CZONE Training
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Select the "Watch Now" button to begin. CZONE is a digital control and monitoring system consisting of electronic devices communicating on a network It replaces the old analog system of complicated wiring needed to monitor and control all devices found on today’s boats. Speaker: Gloria Borrego
Fast Output Charging
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Select the "View On-Demand Recording" button to begin. Fast output charging- DC Genset replacement, Batteries, Alternators and 48 V charging systems Speaker: Chris Witzgall
Certificate of Completion and Continuing Education Unit (CEU)
10.0 CEU credits  |  Certificate available
10.0 CEU credits  |  Certificate available

Mike Bonicker

ABYC Lead Instructor

American Boat and Yacht Council, Inc.

Mike Bonicker worked with Tidewater Yacht Service in Baltimore for over 20 years, starting as a tech for 5 years doing general repair, electrical and sailboat rigging. He climbed the ranks and became production manager for the remaining 15, still  doing hands-on electrical and sailboat rigging work throughout his tenure.

He received his first ABYC certification, Electrical, under the instruction of Ed Sherman at New England Institute of Technology in 2000 and became a Master Tech with Standards and Corrosion by 2005.

Additionally, he has served with pride on the board of the Marine Trades Association of Maryland for over 12 years.

Boating started as a teenager for Mike when he learned to sail at 13 and raced for over 20 years and he's been a life-long fisherman from the age of 5 owning several boats both sail and power along the way.

Mike can be reached at:

Derek Rhymes


All Boat & Yacht Inspections

Derek is a NAMS Certified Marine Surveyor and a SAMS Accredited Marine Surveyor, and has spent over 20 years working in the recreational boating industry.  His work focuses on yacht and small craft surveying in the Chesapeake Bay region, including power and sailing recreational vessels, as well as commercial passenger carrying vessels and workboats.  In addition to pre-purchase and insurance condition & valuation surveys, he investigates damage claims for insurance companies.  Derek is an active member of the ABYC Technical Board and is the NAMS Central Atlantic Regional Representative.

Christina Paul​


K&L Gates LLP

Christina M. Paul is a nationally recognized lawyer in the recreational marine industry.  Her clients include most of the recreational marine boat and engine brands as well as various marine retailers and component part manufactures.  She handles both litigation and transactional claims from her clients, with an emphasis on consumer warranty litigation, product liability litigation, dealer disputes and compliance matters.  She sits on the board of ABYC and has, for many years, served as the Vice Chairman of the NMMA’s Boating Industry Risk Management Council. Christina is an AV Preeminent rated lawyer and is consistently recognized by her peers in publications including Florida’s Legal Elite, Florida Super Lawyers and South Florida Legal Guide.

Ed Sherman

ABYC Education VP (Retired)

Ed has been actively involved in the education business for over 35 years. He recently retired from ABYC where he was the Vice President of Education. Ed is a frequent contributor of technical articles for periodicals such as Boating, Boat US Magazine, Cruising World, and Marine Electronics Journal.  Earlier in his career he was a frequent contributor to Professional Boat Builder magazine.  His work has earned him multiple awards with Boating Writers International. Ed is the author of 4 best-selling marine trade titles and co-authored the ABYC textbook, “Fundamentals of Marine Service Technology.”  He is the past chairman of the Marine Technology department at New England Institute of Technology (NEIT) in Warwick, RI. Ed has developed curriculum for NEIT, The International Yacht Restoration School IYRS, National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the US Navy as well as the ABYC.  He is an avid fly fisherman in both fresh and salt water and fountain pen aficionado.   

Raymond Toth

Adjunct Technical Instructor

Swiftsure Vessel Solutions, LTD.

Ray Toth is an Adjunct instructor with the American Boat and Yacht Council.  After spending 23 years in the Canadian Army and Air Force with experience as a flight instructor and flight safety investigator, Raymond left the military and started his own marine consulting company, now named Swiftsure Vessel Solutions, Ltd. 

For the past 13 years, Raymond’s company has provided inspections, surveys, consultations, education and design services to the marine industry. He is also the Canadian Responsible Officer and Importer at Ranger Boats.

Ray is a Certified Marine Surveyor (CMS) with the National Association of Marine Surveyors (NAMS), a NMMA Standards Compliance Specialist, a Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME) Associate, and a Master Marine Technician with ABYC.

Ray can be reached at:

Chris Witzgall

Product Manager


Chris Witzgall is a Product Manager with Balmar. A self-proclaimed DC Geek, Chris has worked as a Service Manager in the marine industry. He cruised from the Bahamas to Maine with his wife (and two cats!!!) aboard a 35 foot sloop. Prior to cruising Chris worked in the tech industry for 15 years at companies such as Cisco Systems and Oracle. In addition to boating and sailing, his passions include photography and cycling.


Christopher Buck


Frost Law

Practice areas: Commercial Real Estate, Corporate Structuring, Maritime Law

For more than 27 years Chris has practiced business, commercial and residential real estate and development, corporate asset sales and purchases, general civil litigation, and maritime law.  

His varied background in civil law is the result of being a member and partner of a “full service” law firm in downtown Annapolis for most of his career. 

In 2007, Chris established Church Circle Title and Escrow which centralized the firm’s real estate practice while providing residential and commercial settlement services to the firm’s core clients as well as the local and statewide communities.

Gloria Borrego

Application Engineer

Power Products, LLC.

Gloria is an Application Engineer at Power Products LLC.

From Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam to Valdivia Chile and Newport RI, Gloria has been designing, installing and troubleshooting the latest marine engineering systems for many 2001 she started to work with marine electronics, designing systems for 200 ft plus yachts. She moved to Key West in 2003 where she started her own business, GloTechnologies.

She worked as a captain and an engineer until Power Products, LLC, reached out to her to join their team and work for them as an application engineer. She has been designing, troubleshooting and teaching electrical systems that are using the latest digital switching and power management in the field.

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