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Welcome to the October issue

As we move into autumn the flurry of sales activity eases, and any troublesome deals can hopefully be brought to a conclusion.

September’s weather was unusually good, extending the season and providing a good base for the Southampton International Boat Show, which by all accounts seems to have been good for boat sales. We have also had Association information on display at the Scotland Boat Show at Kip Marina, thanks to Michael Schmidt & Partner.

We are preparing for the AGMs – if you would like to stand for your association’s committee please let me know as soon as possible so you can be included in the voting list that goes out with the papers. Sitting on a committee does give a good insight into the work of the associations.

Details of the AGMs, as well as the training day and Members’ Dinner have been sent out using the CRM system with a detailed form and the ability to pay direct from the form. We have piloted this system with several events and this is the first time we have used it for a whole-Membership event.

The event includes the opportunity for a tour of Peter Freebody boatyard and a visit to the Henley River and Rowing Museum, alongside the trainings, dinner and AGMs. Please book promptly as this greatly assists in the organisation of the events. We look forward to seeing you in November. Best wishes,

Jane Gentry

Chief Executive Officer of YBDSA, ABYA and YDSA

Click here to send me an email

Jonathan Milton
The YDSA Chairman reveals some infrastructure activities that are helping to make the Associations stronger and more efficient. Click on his photo for more details.
Marcus Munt
The ABYA Chairman raises a rallying cry to Members for a bumper crop at this year's AGM. Click on his photo for the full story.
New Careers Leaflet - We have developed a new, simple leaflet on careers in surveying, design and brokerage. It doesn’t try to give all the answers, but is intended to provide some pointers to anyone looking at the possibility of a move into the Marine Industry. Copies of the leaflet will be available at the various shows, and you can download a copy to print out from the Members area of the website.
Staff Day at the Boat Show - The entire Glassworks team getting a taste of the marine industry (and a little bit of rain) at this year's Southampton Boat Show. Click on the photo for the full story.

YBDSA Invoices - We are doing away with Requests for Payment and instead you will receive an invoice for everything from Membership, Tonnage, Customs Warehouse or SCV. We are also moving over to cost accounting, so as much as possible will be sent by email to save on postage costs.

Going forward we are introducing the option of online card payment which we will be rolling out over the next few months, giving you and clients the ability to pay by cheque, bank transfer or by card. So for all of you who have not paid your subs (you know who you are!) next year you will receive an invoice with payment terms in line with the Articles of Association.

This change will also assist in identification of payments as there will be an invoice number reference against the payment.
The Ancasta Group, has re-branded and re-launched HYS Rigging as Advanced Rigging & Hydraulics. Click on the photo for the full story.
The Civil Justice Council Guidance for the Instruction of Experts in Civil Claims has just been published and it is worth you checking what it says. Bond Solon gives us the low-down, click on their logo for the full story.

South West Yacht Brokers of Plymouth recently attended the La Rochelle Boat Show to finalise details for its new appointment as sole UK Importers and Distributors for the Smartliner range. Click on the photo for the full story.

News from the Monaco Yacht Show - The latest amendments to the Matriculation Tax have opened the Spanish charter market to large yachts for the first time ever. Tax Marine's Alex Chumillas gives us an update on Spain's Boating Revolution.
New Website Username & Password
Don’t forget the username and password changed at the beginning of September. You were sent the new ones with your receipted invoice for your subscription. However, if you have lost them, an email or call to the office will provide you with what you need!  Captain Pugwash is no more!
IT Update
Craig White gives us a quick update on the ongoing overhaul of the Associations' IT systems with a look at the new forms and payment system.
Certifying Authority (CA) Training Day
Over 30 surveyors gathered at St Mary’s stadium in Southampton for the annual CA training day. This year’s topics covered the revision of the Workboat Code, a canter through the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) and a look at Fire Safety Systems in Engine Rooms. Click on the photo for the full story.
ABYA mugs
We have some very nice ABYA mugs if you would like a few for your office to help “fly the flag”.

Click on the photo to let Nicola know how many you want and she will send them to you.
Busy Boat Show for Coleman Insurance Brokers. Click on the photo for the full story.
Golden Arrow apprentices meet Ben Ainslie at the Boat Show. Click on the logo for the full story.
Santander - New YBDSA Associate Member
We hear from our new Associate Member to see how a Big Bank can help small businesses. Click on their logo for the full story.

TLT Solicitors
Update us about the Right to Forget law and how you can still find that 'hidden' information.
A day in the life of... Tanya Wells

This month, we take a look behind the scenes of The Marine Travel Company with the help of Tanya Wells their long-standing Reservations Manager and full-time Welsh Rugby fan. Click on Tanya’s photo for the full story.
Sandbanks Boat Show is ‘Highly Commended’ at Tourism Awards
Poole’s vibrant tourism industry came together on 25 September, to celebrate its achievements at the Sibbett Gregory Poole Tourism Awards.

From the five main categories, the Sandbanks Boat Show was awarded ‘Highly Commended’ in the ‘Tourism Promotion of the Year’ category.
Click on the logo 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.
Marketing is not your problem… Your Sales Funnel is the problem
Courtesy of LinkedIn, this is a brief insight into why your marketing may not be working as well as you'd hoped and how you can improve it.

This Post is originally from
Founder/CEO of WashMetrics

Will Copeland – upgraded to Accredited Member

6 November       Northern Forum, Ellesmere Port Boat Museum - Valuations
12 November     Training Day
                             Visit to Peter Freebody boat builder, Hurley on Thames (am)
                             Visit Henley River and Rowing Museum (ad lib)
                             YDSA Stability without Sums – ABYA  the scope of the survey (pm)
                             Members’ Dinner at the Red Lion Hotel, Henley on Thames. 
13 November     AGMs – ABYA & YDSA (am); YBDSA (pm) – Henley River and Rowing Museum
3 February          Surveyors upgrading exam
2/3 March            Practical Yacht Brokerage course, Marwell Hotel, near Winchester.
5 March               Northern Forum
10 March 2015    YDSA Conference, The Watermen’s Hall, London.  (BMF IFLSA Dinner in the evening)
24 June               Marine electrics training day – Petersfield
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