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Welcome to the October issue

For the first time we had a stand representing the Associations at the Southampton Boat Show. Our corner stand, which wasn’t ideal, but as we booked only five weeks before the show it was Hobson’s Choice, was the Associations’ first toe in the water.We were able to look from the outside to see how we can get our message better across for the future. Explaining what we do in a few words is tricky! Our new graphic panel made an excellent backdrop and the give-away pens, coasters and sweets gave us a number of opportunities to open conversations with visitors.

We made a number of good contacts during the 10-day Show including coding for the future, plus some new potential Members. These will have paid for the stand.

Thank you to the Members who helped at the stand which was particularly useful when someone had a technical query. We had a double-page spread in Boat Trader magazine on Buying a Boat which was also a useful conversation opener.
Kay took the stand to the Scottish Boat Show – Kip Marina 9-11 October – to promote the Associations more widely to potential new Members and clients.  
AGMs – if you haven’t spotted the email with information to book in for the training day, Members’ Dinner and AGMs the documents are in the Members’ area of the website.

These are being held on 26/27 November at the RNLI in Poole.

Some rooms are available at the RNLI itself, otherwise the Thistle Hotel is nearby and has some early booking rates available.
Have you thought of standing for one of the Associations’ Committees?  If so, do give me a call to discuss.

Finally, the Inland Waterways group is undertaking research into 'steel bow thruster tube corrosion' and is asking Members to provide input.  There is a questionnaire in the Members' area of the website which will remain there as long as the research is ongoing.  Thank you in advance for your help.

We look forward to seeing you in Poole for the AGMs.

Jane Gentry

Chief Executive Officer of YBDSA, ABYA and YDSA (Click here to send me an email)
ABYA Chairman - John Rodriguez - Members may be surprised to see that I am now Acting Chairman.  Marcus Munt, who has ably led the ABYA committee over the past 2 years, has moved out of yacht brokerage and therefore stepped down as a member and thus Chairman.  I would like to express my gratitude to him for his enthusiasm in leading ABYA and I know we will all miss him.  We wish him well for the future. 
At the recent ABYA meeting there were reports of mixed experiences of the current brokerage market – but everyone agreed that most deals are very hard to hold together with sellers often having expectations of a higher value for their boats and buyers driving down every penny of every negotiation.
YDSA Chairman - Jonathan Milton - It has been a busy two years as your Chairman and I am pleased to say that much has been accomplished by your Committee. That old nutshell the ‘new website’ is well advanced, but its launch has been unavoidably delayed by the need to re-design most of the forms that we use after Adobe pulled the plug, this work of course had to take precedence.

There is a continual stream of surveyors wanting to join us and I congratulate those of you who have successfully upgraded during the last two years. Our training is highly thought of and goes from strength to strength, our Code of Practice and Guidance Notes for surveyors are in their final draft, and a Large Yacht Group is in the process of being formed.

These are only a few of the topics handled by the Committee and I am continually humbled by the amount of time and effort that both Committee Members and other Members of the Association put in to support and grow our Association. I thank you all.
I shall be handing over the helm in November to Martin Pittilo, who has already shown that he a capable pair of hands and I thank him for his support and recommend him to you as your Chairman elect.
It just remains for me to say that I have thoroughly enjoyed representing the YDSA as your Chairman, to thank you for your support over the last two years and to wish you all continued success.
YDSA Training Day - Our thanks go to the Wolfson unit who hosted an excellent training day during the Boat Show, click the photo for more.

Superyacht Group - A number of YDSA surveyors were present at this year’s Monaco Yacht Show flying the flag for the YDSA. Click below for the full story.

Report Writing Seminars
We are offering three options over the next 12 months:
3 November 2015 RINA, London
17 March 2016 Lyme Regis Boat Building Centre
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 us for more information.
A day in the Life of...

Mandy Bruce, Magellan Yacht Surveys
Click on the photo for the full story
Salterns Marina has again been re-accredited with the ‘5 Gold Anchor’ award for quality assured berthing after a recent assessment by The Yacht Harbour Association (TYHA). Click  below for more.

Busman’s Holiday - Jim McIlraith and Angus Scott took five weeks off from work to sail the Holman & Pye yawl “Saboo” on the Azores and Back Race which they successfully completed in June and were third in their class. Click below for the full story and some photos.

The Certifying Authority Committee is working on a new system of nominated surveyor standards so that those qualified to code the various different types of boats encountered are recorded.

The existing Levels 1 and 2 will be expanded into a more extensive matrix. The new system will also provide a means of monitoring nominated surveyors’ coding work as well as a defined pathway for surveyors wishing to upgrade the spectrum of boats they may code.

The different materials for which surveyors already have accreditation will be carried across to the new system.
Some of the categories that will be defined in this way will include:
Complex workboats and windfarm boats
Towing vessels
Smaller wooden boats
Large wooden boats
Complex/larger sailing boats
Pilot boats

The driving force behind this was initially the new Workboat Code. It became obvious that someone who could code a 9m pleasure motor yacht under MGN280 might struggle with a 25m overall vessel with multiple generators, compressed air, hydraulics, pod propulsion, etc.

The Maritime Coastguard Agency (MCA) also has to implement the International Maritime Organization requirement for Recognised Organisations. To put it more simply the MCA has to ensure that Certifying Authority surveyors are suitably qualified and experienced for the boats they code.
The Committee will be sending out more details to nominated surveyors before very long.
Boat Sales Qualification - Grandfather Rights

Brokers who missed out last time will be pleased to hear that Grandfather Rights for the Boat Sales Qualification – designed by British Marine and ABYA several years ago in a logbook format to assist training of new brokers – have been re-opened.

This means that experienced brokers with 10+ years in brokerage can apply for the qualification without having to complete the logbook.

The application form can be found in downloads & forms on the ABYA website. We believe it is important to be able to show clients that brokers do more than take a few photos and put them onto a website.

We want to raise the profile of the qualification to promote the professionalism of brokers, so do consider taking up the Grandfather Rights. Also, if you take on a new broker, using the logbook as a training diary is an excellent way to ensure you cover all bases.
Next Practical Yacht Brokerage Course Date

19 & 20 October - Book Now

To be held at the Marwell Hotel, Colden Common, near Winchester/Southampton. Click here to see June’s programme. For More details e-mail Kay Greenwood (or call 01730 266430)
Dates for all three 2016 courses are now available for booking on the ABYA website.
International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) provides a lot of safety briefs and other documentation. YBDSA is now a Member, so do take a look at its website and see how it can help you –

We will forward the Safety Briefs – some of which will be more relevant than others, and more relevant to some of you than others. You will be able to see at a glance if there is something for you. If not use the Delete button.

Are you as objective as you think? 
You want to be an impartial and objective expert, but are you? Click on the photo to find out more.
Coleman Insurance had a successful time at the Southampton boat show, click below for the full story.

Tax Marine Spain is expanding its activities in the customs arena. Click here to find out how and where they can help with: inward processing relief, temporary exports or the new deferred import regime.
New COO at TheYachtMarket
Click below to find about Rob Paterson's appointment.

Inland Waterways News

Over the next five years the Canal & River Trust is going to work with more than 10,000 young people from some of England’s most deprived communities to create the country’s first ever Coast to Coast Canoe Trail.

As it launches this exciting new project, it’s looking for people aged 15-25 to get involved as volunteers.

The project offers invaluable opportunities for young people to gain diverse new skill sets from helping set up and design the trail, to taking the lead in event planning and community activities.

Volunteers will have the chance to be the voice of young people taking action.

Having more young people involved in the future of our canals means the Trust can create cleaner, vibrant greener spaces encouraging local people to be more active and use these areas more widely as part of their daily lifestyles.
Way to go Frank - Isle of Wight-based ABYA Members Waypoint Yacht Brokers Ltd has received the Scoot headline award 2015.

The company has also recently set up a franchise arrangement for Waypoint and now has an office in Yarmouth and is hoping for more to follow soon. Frank Gelder, who set up Waypoint, is delighted with progress.


Recent accident prompts USCG Safety Alert 

This Safety Alert serves as a reminder to owners and operators of pollution response vessels and other types of special purpose vessels of the need to employ knowledgeable operators with appropriate seamanship skills to navigate their vessels.

Click on the photo for the full safety alert.
Maximum Fun - Minimum Hassle - Zero Emissions
The world debut of the w1Da 33 OOD – the first renewable energy production racing and cruising sailing yacht took place at the Southampton Boat Show last month. Click on the photo for more information.

Quaynote Superyacht Conferences - Alongside METS 

The Future of Yacht Recycling - 16 November 2015, Amsterdam RAI Centre
Conference Agenda
Register Here

Opportunities in Superyachts - 10 March 2016, Malta 
Conference Agenda
Register Here

Alongside the Palma Yacht Show, Palma de Mallorca, Spain: 
Future of Refit and Repair – 27 April 2016 
Future for Captains and Crew – 28 April 2016 
Future of Yacht Technology – 29 April 2016 
Golf and Networking Day – 30 April 2016 

Full details on all of these events can be seen at 

If you are interested in attending as a delegate, speaking or sponsoring any of these events contact at 

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.


Heather Wilson and Russell Haydn, Salterns Brokerage, Poole



19/20 October              Practical Yacht Brokerage course, Winchester
3 November                 YDSA Report Writing, RINA, London
5 November                 HDPE boats, Ellesmere Port Boat Museum (Northern Forum)
26/27 November          Training Day, Members’ Dinner and AGMs, RNLI Poole

11 January                   Ferro Cement boats training day, Manchester University
22/23 February            Practical Yacht Brokerage course, Winchester
3 March                        Northern Forum, Ellesmere Port Boat Museum
15 March                      YDSA Annual Conference, Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich
17 March                      YDSA Report Writing, Lyme Regis Boatbuilding College
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