Charles Chapman Award

The Charles Chapman Award honors individuals or groups within the marine industry who have made outstanding contributions to the sport of boating for the benefit of the recreational boating industry and boating public.


Contact: Rachel Harmon


View past recipients of this prestigious award.

1996: Lysle Gray, Former ABYC Executive Director

Lysle Gray

Lysle Gray’s accomplishments include serving as chief of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Product Safety Assurance branch from 1973–1987. He was responsible for promoting modern safety standard. Gray’s work leading a team of specialist to develop standards for fuel, electrical, level floatation, ventilation, start-in-gear protection and capacity labeling has had a profound effect on the record of boating safety.