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Welcome to the June issue

This is the busiest season for you all – lots going on and lots for us to do to provide certificates, advice, information, etc. Boat buying patterns are all over the place – brokers are experiencing very different levels of activity and good listings are difficult to come by. 
If you have a project you would like to share with other Members in the newsletter, do send us in some information and a photograph.
We have a stand – SB7 - at Seawork (16-18 June) so come along and say hello, or use it as a meeting place – we are easy to find on the left aisle in the Small Business section. The Small Craft Surveyors Forum (IIMS, RINA, IMarEST, NI, SCMS and YDSA) is holding its annual seminar on the Wednesday afternoon with two speakers from RNLI – ‘Surveying by Condition based Maintenance’ and Simon Mockler from DNV on ‘Offshore Windfarm Support Vessels – class issues of design, propulsion and transfer to wind pylons’. All welcome to this free seminar, but please book for seating/catering purposes. 
Another successful ABYA annual conference was held on 9 June and a report follows later in this this newsletter.
We are running two Marine Electrics one-day seminars, led by Keith Meadowcroft. One at The Glass Works (24 June) and the other at Alvechurch Boat Centre (29 September). The Practical Yacht Brokerage course runs at the end of June – just a couple of places left. The Steel Training day held here was very popular – thanks to Tony Tucker and Mark Lockie for leading the day. 
I didn’t want to let it pass without noting that David Hopkins – “Hoppy” as we all know him – has decided to hang up his spike. He first became a Member in 1982 – 33 years ago. He remains as a Retired Member so we won’t lose sight of him! We wish him a happy retirement sailing his 1927 old gaffer ‘Chough’ after a long career in the marine industry and thank him for all his support of the association over the years.
Jane Gentry
Chief Executive Officer of YBDSA, ABYA and YDSA

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ABYA Chairman - Marcus Munt

Marcus gives us an upbeat view of the start of the summer season and tells us about a recent case that demonstrates the depth of skills and expertise that are freely available to Association Members. Click on his photo for the full story.

YDSA Chairman - Jonathan Milton

Jonathan gives us an update on progress with the YDSA website overhaul and the ongoing programme of Continuing Professional Monitoring as well as news about forthcoming training events. Click on his photo for more details.
In Memoriam
Members will be saddened to hear of the death of Ted Spears on 11 June.

Ted joined the YDSA as a surveyor in September 2002, following a long career building and designing boats. He was very proud of his latest design – the Spitfire 18 - which was exhibited at the Southampton and London Boat Shows.
We will remember Ted with a ready smile and always with time to assist and contribute, whether to committee work or to help another surveyor with a query. Each of us will have a special memory of Ted which we will hold in our hearts. Our love and best wishes go out to his wife Mary and family at this sad time.
The funeral will be on 3 July.  Please ask the YBDSA office for further details.
How to get the most out of your advertising
This month our PR & Marketing specialist John Sharp, of Sharp Communication, shows us how he doubled the value of the Associations’ advertising budget. Click on the graphs below for the full story.

Surveyors show their steel
Click one the photo below for a review of the successful Steel Boatbuilding & Surveying Seminar.

See us at Seawork
YBDSA is exhibiting at Seawork, 16-18 June, on Stand SB7. See you there

On Course to Graduate
The Spring 2015 'Practical Yacht and Small craft Surveying Course' was completed in May. This was the fourth course in Ipswich hosted by Fox's Marina. Click on the photo for the full story.

ABYA Conference Round–up
Although unfortunately not as many brokers were able to attend as we would have liked, the ABYA Annual Conference on 9 June at South Winchester Golf Club and was an excellent day. Click here for the full run down.
A day in the life of...
YDSA surveyor Geoff Skinner gives us an interesting insight into his work on a  wide variety of vessels from GRP sailing boats to steel barges. Click on his photo for the full story.


The Tom Humphreys designed Class 40 ‘Bretagne Crédit Mutuel Elite’ has won the 1000 nautical mile Normandy Channel Race. Click on the photo for more details.

Palma Superyacht Show Review
Northrop & Johnson give us a detailed review of the recent Palma Superyacht Show. There were 37,000 visitors and almost half of the exhibits were sailing vessels. Click the photo for more details.

To view the original IBI report on the yacht Metolius click here. [WARNING - its a big file (3Mb) and may take a while to download]

ABYA and YDSA - New Memberships
The Associations have joined three new industry bodies. Click on the logos below to find out who they are and what they'll bring to members.

Practical Yacht Brokerage Course Dates
Dates for the 2015 Practical Yacht Brokerage Courses are:

29 & 30 June
19 & 20 October

To be held at the Marwell Hotel, Colden Common, near Winchester/Southampton. Click here to see June’s programme. More details from Kay Greenwood –
or call 01730 266430.
Tucker’s Tips
In this edition, Tony looks at the safety of submitting reports and the pros and cons of electronic vs. printed documentation. Click the photo for the full story.
New in 2015 for YBDSA Associate Members is the YBDSA document bag.
For ABYA and YDSA Members we have new ABYA and YDSA ties. They are silver with the appropriate logo and are silk. They cost £20 including VAT and can be ordered and paid for direct from the Members area of the website. Click here to order.  Or if you are coming to the office you can pick one up. 
We also have document bags, clipboards and pens printed with the respective logos available. Contact Nicola at if you would like any of these free items.
CGI launches new Finance Quoting System
The subsidiary of the Societe Generale Group, has launched a major initiative enabling potential boat buyers to obtain fast, accurate finance quotes online. Click on the image below for the full story.

1st Poole Harbour Boat Show makes a splash!
The first Poole Harbour Boat Show has been hailed as a huge success by its organisers. Click on the photo for a review from Coleman Insurance Brokers., recently acquired by private equity business Oxygen Marine Ltd, is delighted to announce the appointment of Nicky Tucker, as Sales and Marketing Director. Click the photo for more details




Coded Boat Owners… We need YOU!

Please click on the logo to find out how you and your boat can earn extra income.

A Safety Alert was issued due to recent safety concerns discovered on vessels with fixed CO2 fire-fighting systems.

It is critical that operators of vessels with fixed CO2 systems are familiar with the operation of the systems; conduct periodic inspections of the systems for readiness, and know the signs for detecting when a discharge has occurred.

It is recommended that the appropriate crew members receive training on CO2 system operation and its basic components. Click here for the full PDF report from the USCG.

Keep the blue flag flying here...
IIMS Affiliate Surveyor elected as a UK MP. Click on the photo for the full story.

Got a story? Want to tell the ABYA and YDSA members all about it? Click here to email us your news and photos and we'll try to include it in the next issue of Association News.

YDSA - David Fuller upgraded to Accredited

16-18 June          Seawork Exhibition, Southampton Docks
17 June               Small Craft Surveyors Forum Seminar ‘Workboats & Surveyors’ on ‘Ocean Scene’ at Seawork
24 June               Electrics Training Day, The Glass Works
29/30 June          Practical Yacht Brokerage course, Marwell
11-20 Sept          Southampton International Boat Show
16 September     Certifying Authority Training day, Southampton University
29 September     Electrics Training Day, Alvechurch Boat Centre
9-11 October      Scotland’s Biggest Second-hand Boat show
15 October         Training Day, Berthons, Lymington
19-20 October    Practical Yacht Brokerage course, Marwell
5 November        Northern Forum, Ellesmere Port Boat Museum
26 November      Training Day (chance to see new Shannon Class lifeboat) and Members’ Dinner – RNLI, Poole
27 November      AGMs – RNLI, Poole
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