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Welcome to the December Issue

This is the last newsletter of what has been another busy year. Over 470 tonnage measurements and still a few left to go before the end of the year – getting back up to earlier years’ levels which is encouraging. Certifying Authority figures are holding up well with the total number of certificates issued this year at 1,436, an increase of approximately 40 on 2012. This includes 285 new vessel files.

The HMRC Customs Warehouse is a small but useful activity – since it was set up at the end of 2007, 77 boats have gone through. We are fortunate to have good relations with HMRC’s marine department and they are frequently more than helpful with queries on VAT, place of supply of goods and services, T2Ls for Portugal, etc... Sadly a change to the requirement for VAT evidence back to 1985 is not in sight – this would require a change of legislation at EU level.
 
Those of you who came to the AGM will know that our new Honorary Treasurer sounded a note of caution regarding the Association finances. We will be looking at every area of activity to see where we can make savings and/or increase revenue. There is a report on the AGMs later in the newsletter.
 
Some brokers are reporting an occasional upturn in business which we can only hope anticipates an improved experience in 2014. All committees underline the importance of maintaining high standards as members of ABYA, YDSA and the PCA. Don’t under-sell yourselves!
 
The rules for advertising using the ABYA and YDSA logos and letters by Graduate and Affiliate surveyors and Probationary brokers have been confirmed – if you are using either or both, or have invented some form of qualification (such as AffilYDSA) you are breaking the Association rules. If we see you doing this, you will immediately be removed from the website listing and we will write and ask you to put things right and show us when you have done so. If you are entitled to advertise and are using the old logo, please go to the Members' area of the websites to download the new logo. 2014 is the year when we really push profile and professionalism and use of the correct logo will help us with this on your behalf.

If you are exhibiting at London we hope the show goes well for you. Thank you all for your support of the Associations during 2013 and best wishes for Christmas and the New Year.

Jane and all the team at the Glass Works.
 
Office closing dates over Christmas and the New Year
The office will be closed from 24 December through to 2 January.

Jane Gentry - CEO of YBDSA, ABYA and YDSA
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Click on the logos for a brief report of the ABYA and YDSA AGMs that were held in Action Stations at the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard last month.
Jonathan Milton
In his first newsletter entry the new YDSA Chairman identifies the challenges facing the marine industry and explains how the YDSA is well-equipped to face them. Click on the photo for more
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Marcus Munt
The new ABYA Chairman gives us a brief summary of 2013 and looks forward to the London Boat Show and the 2014 season. Click on the photo for more
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The latest YDSA news including: your new Committee Members, the new two-day surveying course, the sailing theory and yacht design course and the MLC videos. Click the logo for more details.
Ben Sutcliffe-Davies wins the Leslie Oliver Award for the YDSA's Most Improved Surveyor of 2013, click on the photo for more information.
Tony Tucker tells us why he thinks Nigel Ling's Stability Without Sums Seminar is an absolute must for every surveyor.
The latest ABYA news including: the new Committee, standard agreements, the revised MCA bill of sale and what to expect at the London Boat Show. Click the logo for more details.
Salterns Brokerage will be showing two new Sealegs models at the 2014 London Boat Show. Click on the boats for more. To preview the forthcoming Sandbanks Boat Show click below.


 
MEMBERSHIP

YDSA – New members elected at the recent meeting: Justin Green and Jonathan Massey (Affiliates).

Upgradings: Geoff Skinner (Graduate to Affiliate); Ben Sutcliffe-Davies and Paul Kerridge (Accredited).
 
IN OTHER NEWS...
News from Williams & Smithells
Williams & Smithells has taken on the Garcia brand for new boat sales, adding to its impressive blue-water and custom yacht pedigree. They also have some news about a forthcoming talk by Jimmy Cornell at the Cruising Association, click on the photo for more details.
A day in the life of... William Parton
William Parton takes us through a day in the life of a yacht broker in the South of France, giving a interesting insight into the market forces in this part of the world. Click on the photo for the full story.
Barcelona Nautical Cluster
The Port of Barcelona and Barcelona City Council have backed the creation of the Barcelona Nautical Cluster to improve the city's position as an international benchmark in the nautical sector.

Initially the cluster comprises 35 yachting firms. Tax Marine is proud to announce that it is one of the founding members. “We look forward to working hard for all the yachting enthusiasts and professionals to convert Barcelona and Spain into a more attractive yachting destination,” said recently welcomed  YBDSA Associate Member Alex Chumillas Amat of Tax Marine Spain, S.L.
YBDSA helps to deliver RORC charity auction
An oil painting of the Jolie Brise by Martyn Mackrill was the star attraction at a charity auction during this year's Royal Ocean Racing Club annual dinner. Thanks to some last-minute help from the YBDSA the painting made it to the dinner and raised an amazing £9,000 for the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation. Click on the photo for more details.
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Click here to email us your news and photos and we'll try to include it in the next issue of Association News.
 
DIARY DATES

4 - 12 January – London International Boat Show, ExCeL.

4 February – Surveyors Upgrading Exam – open to ALL Affiliates. Contact Jane for details.

24 - 25 February – Practical Yacht Brokerage course and NEW Introduction to Surveying with the YDSA course, Marwell Hotel. Contact Kay for details.

6 March – Northern Forum. Contact Mike Carter for details.

18 March – YDSA Conference – HMS Belfast, London. Presentations on Thermography and NDT and new insurance requirements plus the popular Topic Tables and option to visit the HMS Belfast museum. Contact Kay for details.

21 April – start of the Practical Surveying course – Fox’s Marina, Ipswich. Contact Paul Stevens for details.
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