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Welcome to the February issue

2016 came rushing towards us like a train and the first event of the year was a really interesting training day at Manchester University on ferro-cement from which we had excellent reviews, including one Member who said he felt able to look at a ferro boat if a client came to him now. Paul Nedwell, who led the course, is a world authority on ferro, so we couldn’t have done better! (See a review by Barry Waddell later in this newsletter). Paul has agreed to do a shortened version for the joint training day in November ahead of the AGM.
The YDSA Annual Conference is all set for 15 March at the Old Royal Naval College Greenwich, and the booking form is available here and on the YDSA website.

We have an interesting programme for you covering Forensic Fire Investigation,  GRP Epoxy repairs, the changes to the RCD – now RCD II - and finishing with large yachts and how they differ from under 24m yachts. 
Which brings me to dates for events – a lot of you ask when things are – there is a list at the bottom of every newsletter and a rolling list on the website. The Training Day, Dinner and AGMs will be 17 and 18 November at the Ardencote Manor, Warwick (just north of Stratford on Avon, off the M40). Some Members may remember we went there back in 2004! Put the dates in your diary now!
Client Accounts are causing a few headaches at the moment, with banks requiring Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) registration – we are looking at options that work for brokers. There doesn’t seem to be a specific registration.

We have a stand booked in Old Billingsgate for the Large Yacht, Jet and Prestige Car show in May – the YDSA Large Yacht Group is now under way with Robert Elliott as its Chairman, and ABYA is also setting up its own LYG so we will be taking further steps into this area of the market during the year. We also have stands booked for Seawork and for Southampton Boat Show. 
The new websites – we have lift-off!  Work has started on the new sites and estimated time of arrival is July! 
The new Committees are settling in well, with ideas coming forward from new Members.
VAT and Recreational Craft Directive (RCD) evidence continue to be challenging, but both are necessary in boat sales, especially with RCD II – brokers may be found wanting by a court if they have not make efforts to find the RCD status and at the very least should advise clients in writing there is no evidence so the client makes their own decision. It is debatable whether a broker should even list a boat without evidence of either VAT or RCD (and brokers are well advised to keep scanned copies of these documents). Whilst a boat owner may not be challenged in the UK, they may well be elsewhere in Europe. Surveyors too should highlight lack of RCD evidence, and explain what that means. 
Congratulations to Joanne Hickman, who ably supports Dawn in the Certifying Authority, on reaching a milestone birthday! 
Best wishes from the Glass Works to our Members for a prosperous 2016!
Jane Gentry
Chief Executive Officer of YBDSA, ABYA and YDSA
(Click here to send me an email)
YBDSA President
The YBDSA Council meeting on 5 February received reports from the ABYA and YDSA meetings the previous day as well as the Maritime Coastguard Agency’s joint meeting for Certifying Authorities earlier in the week. Council also reviews the finances of the Association from the management accounts and latest report, showing the usual pattern of income slowing in December/January, but already beginning to pick up in February especially for coding renewals, as the weeks before Easter are always key for coded boats to get ready for the season.

The go-ahead had been given for the development of the new websites for YDSA and YBDSA, which will also include a revamp of the ABYA site, and integration of the “Find a …” functions, Customs Warehouse and Certifying Authority Surveyors Portal. The planned date for delivery is July.
The YDSA set up a Large Yacht group during 2015 and ABYA has agreed to follow suit so the two associations can work in tandem to expand our profile in this area of the industry. Our first public promotion will be a small stand at the Large Yacht, Jet and Prestige Car show in May in St Katharine’s and Old Billingsgate Market. 
The Associations will also be represented at the Seawork exhibition in Southampton in June and the Southampton Boat Show in September. Plans are being worked on for some sort of representation at Monaco, also in September which may well be a team of Members armed with leaflets and business cards!
Richard Lambert
ABYA Chairman
With the UK being lashed by storm system after storm system this winter, one could be forgiven for thinking that boat buying would be the last thing on most people’s minds. However, I had an extraordinarily busy January and I know that many others have too.
Although it’s busy it certainly isn’t easy and price is very much a factor. Surveys also continue to sometimes be an issue, especially where first time buyers are concerned, with normal service items or normal wear and tear for age being over-negotiated post survey.
Fortunately, Martin Pittilo of the YDSA, is keen to address this and we are working well together to share information and ideas. Martin and I would welcome brokers to attend some of the many YDSA training days, so that as brokers we can better understand the surveyors’ perspective too.
This close collaboration will ensure that as associations, we can all give our clients the best possible service and levels of information. Details of upcoming YDSA events can be found at YDSA Courses. In the meantime, roll on Spring!

John Rodriguez
YDSA Chairman
Winter is upon us. For some it is a quiet time, for others it is a busy season. For me it is a relatively quiet period. However this year I appear to be busier than usual. It could be the weather, or it could be the improving economy.
Now is a good time to reflect on how the way that you word your pre-purchase reports can affect a sale in ways you may not even have thought of. Careless wording can panic clients.
Asking a good broker who has been party to one of your reports can be a good place to start with your understanding.
In your reports, make sure that you make it clear what is general maintenance, what is wear and tear, what are you putting forward as advice and what really are the problems with the boat. This is especially important to do when dealing with first time buyers. 
Boat shows are a great time to meet with clients, brokers, insurers, financiers, and others in a relaxed environment. I use it as a time to catch up with a number of the brokers. It is always useful to spend time with them to help understand the issues that they are facing. They also can appreciate where surveyors have issues too.
The Superyacht Technical Seminar at the London Boat Show was also a great place to let people know about the new YDSA Large Yacht Group which those suitably qualified surveyors of Accredited level and above have been invited to join. 
Martin Pittilo

Ferro-Cement Structures in Boat Building
We take a look back at January's successful training day at Manchester University with Barry Waddell. Click on the photo below for the full story.


Report Writing Seminars
We are offering two options over the next 12 months:

17 March 2016 Lyme Regis Boat Building Centre – to secure a place click here
18 October 2016 – Ellesmere Port Boat Museum
The day is designed to assist those wishing to apply for membership, those who have applied and been provided with feedback for development, and those seeking to up-grade or those wishing to improve their style or reporting. The programme format is informal and interactive.
The course leader will be Tony Tucker who is an experienced YDSA Fellow Surveyor and Designer Full Member and currently serves on the YDSA Committee and the Certifying Authority Committee. Contact for more information.
YDSA Northern Forum - 3 March 2016

The first of this year’s bi-annual events will once again be held at The Ellesmere Port Boat Museum, South Pier Road, Ellesmere Port, Cheshire CH65 4FW, which has excellent transport links by road, rail and air.
Justin Stopford will be conducting an interactive day focusing on boat electrics. This will cover both DC and AC systems typically found on small craft.


During the day, the application of EN standards on the electrical systems of small boats will be considered, and particular attention will be paid to their safe operation. As this could be rather a dry subject, there will be practical hands-on examples of circuit designs for DC circuits and for AC circuits and typical examples of what can go wrong.
The methods used for electrical installations will be considered in detail especially cables, connections, plugs and sockets, with opportunities to practice and observe good and bad connections.
The problems on a small boat survey will be discussed, when it is necessary on a survey to decide what action is needed, if any, to correct deficiencies in an electrical installation.
Justin’s background is a professional Electrical Engineer in the railway industry with 45 years’ experience on the design and installation of electrical equipment on trains. Despite working for so long on trains, his interest for the last 30 years has been in boats and has found many ways whereby boats and trains have similar conditions and problems.
Cost: Members - £41.67 + VAT (£50 inc VAT) 
Non Members - £66.67 + VAT (£80.00 inc VAT)
Please complete the electronic booking form and tell us if you have any dietary requirements, such as gluten free.
Click to book here
Tucker's Tips - Complacency

This month Tony Tucker looks into the impact that complacency can have when surveying and coding vessels.

Click on the photo for the full story.
Bond Solon launches the UK National Register of Certified Expert Witnesses
Click on the logo for the full story and to find out how to join the register.

In this issue we hear from Duncan Swanson of Guernsey-based yacht registration company Oceanskies and learn about how they get the job done for their floating and flying clients.

Check them out before you book
All YBDSA, YDSA and ABYA Members are entitled to a preferential rate when booking through The marine travel company. Click on the photo for more details.

Important note about Easter – Friday 26 February Cut-Off date
Due to the high volume of Small Commercial Vessels (SCV) applications and renewals we receive in the run-up to the Easter period, this year we are introducing a cut-off date of Friday 26 February 2016 for processing of all application documentation.
As normal, all applications and renewals will be processed on a first come-first served basis and we cannot guarantee that a Certificate will be issued by a specific date (for example if there are any problems arising from the documentation supplied or issues with payment).
Your kind assistance would be much appreciated.

Appy New Year

Following its launch in the last YBDSA newsletter, The team at MOBILE YachtBroker has launched to the international yacht broker community at Boot Dusseldorf, Click below for the full story.

2016 Professional Yacht Brokerage Course Dates
ABYA's Professional Yacht Brokerage two-day intensive course is highly beneficial as an introduction to professional brokerage for non-Members as well as offering essential training for existing Member brokers seeking to maintain their professionalism and competitive edge.
Course leader Owen Box, a former ABYA President, has brokerage experience over many years. The speakers on the course are marine industry professionals in their specialist fields and provide topical and instructive lectures relating to Marine Law, VAT, Insurance, Marine Finance, Registration, the Internet, Selling Skills, Surveying and the RCD, plus an insight into new boat sales.
One year's free Membership of ABYA is available to delegates on successful completion of the course, providing they are working in brokerage and can submit a complete sales file, and have PI insurance.
ABYA holds its Professional Yacht Brokerage Course three times a year. Click here for the brochure.
2016 Course dates - All at the Marwell Hotel, near Winchester For further information on this or other upcoming courses, please contact us by email at or by phone on 01730 266430.

Boat Sales Qualification
Don’t forget the Grandfather Rights have re-opened! If you have been a broker for more than 10 years you are entitled to apply. The BSQ is a joint ABYA/British Marine qualification developed a number of years ago.

Over 100 people have now achieved the qualification, either by Grandfather Rights or using the logbook which is excellent as a training programme for new brokers. The application form is in the Members’ Area of the ABYA website.
Large Yacht Groups
All Accredited and Full Surveyor Members were recently sent a letter from Robert Elliott, via email, asking for interest in the new Large Yacht Group, and requesting a CV explaining your experience, etc.

The group is now under way and if you haven’t sent your CV and are interested, please send as soon as possible to ensure you are included to:

ABYA is following suit and discussions on a similar group for brokers are being held. 

Turkish stamp duty
Just to alert you all that Turkey has introduced a new stamp duty. The rate seems to be between 0.83% and 1% on all contracts, but the situation is not yet clear.

So, if you are doing a sale in Turkey do be aware. Dave Robertson, Sunbird Turkey, has offered to help out on an individual basis with queries that Members may have, email him here.

Ancasta is celebrating after two of its boat brands, Prestige and Lagoon, were winners at the 2016 Motor Boat Awards. Click below for all the details.

Coleman Marine Insurance

Tony Pauffley reflects on the London Boat Show and the launch of Sunseeker’s 155 Motor Yacht Princess AVK in Poole Harbour. Click below for the full story.

Open weekend at Kip Marina
If you have a yacht or power boat that you wish to sell, don’t miss out on a fantastic opportunity to present your boat for sale. Michael Schmidt is actively preparing for its Open Weekend at Kip Marina on 15, 16 and 17 April. The list is currently sitting at 68 boats for sale; building between now and 15 April.

Courtesy of The Inland Waterways Association

Click on the photo below to read Boat Safety top tips from the IWA, following a fatal canal boat fire on the Kennet and Avon Canal.

FLOOD DAMAGE - CRT launches flood appeal
The Canal & River Trust has launched an appeal to help restore the waterways for the boaters and communities in the north of England affected by the recent floods. Click below for more details.


Jersey Ships’ Registry fees and news

2015 was a busy year for the Jersey Ships’ Registry with over 150 new registrations and more than 1300 transactions, so a record-breaking 12 months in terms of the work it has undertaken with you all. The Registry continues to go from strength to strength and the figures only go to prove this.
Click here for an up-to-date list of fees which indicates some increases for 2016 as the Government of Jersey is under increasing pressure to produce more income in order to cover expenditure. Please familiarise yourselves with the new charges as they came into effect from 1 January.
Opportunities in Superyachts - 4th Annual Conference - 10 March 2016, Intercontinental Malta
Early-bird registration 195 euros

Now in its 4th year, Opportunities in Superyachts will once again bring industry leaders to Malta to discuss the key issues affecting their business.

Focusing on finance, insurance, tax, corporate ownership, brokerage, chartering, marinas, regulation, safety and security, Opportunities in Superyachts, the 4th Annual Conference, will once again attract an international audience of yacht brokers, builders, marina operators, lawyers, corporate service providers, registries, tax advisors and accountants, associations, for what has become a global yearly forum.


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.

Vladimir Chorbadzhiev – upgraded to Affiliate Member.

Ifor Pedley, Cornwall – Probationary Member
Michael Christie, Ancasta Port Solent – Probationary Member
Bachmann Marine Services Ltd

DIARY DATES     (Brokers are encouraged to attend YDSA events that are of interest)
24 February          Inland Waterways Group (IWG) Meeting, near Rugby – all Members welcome
3 March                Alternating Current (AC) & Direct Current (DC) Electrics - Northern Forum at the
                             Ellesmere Port Boat Museum
15 March              YDSA Conference, Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich
17 March              YDSA Report Writing, Lyme Regis Boatbuilding College
4-7 May                 Large Yacht, Jet & Prestige Car Show, London (YBDSA stand M19)
24 May                  Azko Nobel at Hedge End – Paint – application, defects, have-a-go practical session
15 June                 Small Craft Surveyors Forum (SCSF) Seawork Seminar (YBDSA stand SB7)
27/28 June            Professional Yacht Brokerage course, nr Winchester
29 June                 Senior Brokers Training Day, Marwell Hotel, nr Winchester
16-25 Sept            Southampton Boat Show (YBDSA stand)
28 Sept - 1 Oct      Monaco Yacht Show
10/11 October       Professional Yacht Brokerage course, nr Winchester
18 October            YDSA Report Writing, Ellesmere Port Boat Museum
17 November         Joint Training Day and Members’ Dinner, Ardencote Manor Hotel, Warwickshire
18 November         Annual General Meetings, Ardencote Manor Hotel, Warwickshire
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