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Welcome to the August issue

Exciting News! We have a stand at the Southampton International Boat Show 11-20 September. Stand no J001 in the Mayflower Hall. The stand is a small one, and the idea is to provide a meeting point and focus for Members, plus have our profile present within the show.

It will be jointly for ABYA and YDSA and we would be grateful for any offers to help with manning. Even an hour or two helps. There will be no boats for sale, but we will have a PC available so visitors can look at the boats offered by ABYA Members via the website, or find a broker or surveyor.

The brokers are reporting a very patchy situation, with no pattern of activity. There is a shortage of buyers and prices are very low, with sellers finding it hard to realise the value of their boat has dropped so far. However the surveyors seem to be very busy still, although they do have a wide variety of types of survey, not just pre-purchase. The cash situation in Greece is causing some problems to our members with operations there, but they report that listings are still coming in from Croatia and Turkey.

Members are advised to be alert for IT scams – there are many around at the moment with all professions and individuals being vulnerable. Everyone should ensure they have good firewalls and security in place on their pc and double-check by telephone any email changes made by clients for their veracity.

We are currently working on the two day Training, Members Dinner and AGMs for 26/27 November at the RNLI in Poole. There is some accommodation at the Training Centre, but there is plenty more accommodation in Poole if you don’t get in. We hope to have a good turnout so please put the dates in your diary if you haven’t already done so.

If you are having a summer holiday, I hope you enjoy it. Take the chance to relax and turn off your mobiles! See you at Southampton
Jane Gentry

Chief Executive Officer of YBDSA, ABYA and YDSA

Click here to send me an email

ABYA Chairman - Marcus Munt - August is here and this is the time traditionally to take stock and prepare for the forthcoming onslaught of the autumn boat show season. This is the time to look at the pricing of your stock and see if any vessels that have been sticking need reducing, to prepare your listings, make sure they are as fully descriptive as possible and are standing out from the competition on the boat sales portals.

It is also of course time to take a well-earned break from what I hope has been a busy few months of sales and completions. Before you take a breath and enjoy the summer, please make sure that you have booked on to the ABYA AGM and training meetings later this year (contact, it is valuable for us all to network and make sure we represent the very best that our industry can offer. With that I mind I wish you all a very good summer break
YDSA President - Duncan Saunders - When I returned from two weeks on holiday it was a bit of a shock to be back at work looking at an inflated insurance claim followed by a paint inspection.

However, it was encouraging to have three enquiries for surveys, an angling boat, one a 35’, one design racing yacht and the third a houseboat on a mud berth. Despite this being the traditionally quiet holiday season it is encouraging and perhaps shows that the market may just be continuing its shaky recovery and in three different sectors.

The most recent Brokers course was well attended and the surveyors have some great training lined up for September including Electrical Systems, Inclining Tests and Metal Fatigue being undertaken at the University of Southampton.
Preparations for the AGM are well underway where we shall make a return to the RNLI College in Poole and this will be my last AGM as President. It has been a period of evolution rather than revolution and I hope that I hand over the reins to the incoming President with the Association in good health.

David Cox looks back at the life and work of David Edwards. Please click on the photo to read more.
Liability & Delivery of Surveys

Click here for a brief reminder of the key issues in your Terms & Conditions, including liability periods and delivery definitions within the S&P Agreement.
Report Writing Seminars

We are offering three options over the next 12 months:
3 Nov 2015, RINA, London
17 Mar 2016, Lyme Regis Boat Building Centre
18 Oct 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.

New SAN 75

Click here for the latest Surveyor Advice Note from the MCA. It gives guidance and clarification on the application of dangerous goods regulations to small vessels, including new and existing workboats and other cargo vessels less than 24m.
Recreational Craft Directive (RCD)
A brand-new EU Recreational Craft Directive comes into force on 18 January 2016. From this date, operators have a choice of applying the current or new RCD. Alasdair Reay of HPi Verification Services, reports: Click here for more information.
Tonnage reminder
Please can all Members use the new Tonnage forms which can be found in the Members’ areas of the websites. Public form Sur 6a can be found at
and the Public Payment Form at:


A day in the life of...
ABYA Full Member David Walder gives us a look at his life and experiences throughout Asia from Simpson Marine's HQ in Hong Kong. Click on the photo below for the full story

New boat, new horizons
“My new boat is coming along well and should be ready for ARC 2016. I hope to take line honours for the YBDSA,’ says David of David Dabney Yacht Surveys. Click below for the full story.

East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices to benefit from Orient Express VIP day - Click below for the full story from Norfolk Boat Sales.

The University of Southampton's new 138m towing tank is nearing completion at its Boldrewood Campus. Click below for the full story.

CRT Trustees Elect New Chairman 
Tony Hales (below left) has announced that he intends to retire as chairman of the Canal & River Trust after the Trust’s Annual Public Meeting and meeting of the Trust’s Council on 23 September. The CRT’s trustees have elected Allan Leighton (below right) to be Tony’s successor.

Timothy West and Prunella Scales to launch Northampton Festival of Water - click below for the full story.

Practical Yacht Brokerage Course Dates
The next 2015 Practical Yacht Brokerage Course is 19 & 20 October. To be held at the Marwell Hotel, Colden Common, near Winchester/Southampton. Click here for the brochure.

For more details email Kay Greenwood or call 01730 266430. Dates for all three 2016 courses are also now available on the ABYA website.
Boat Sales Qualification (BSQ)
ABYA Members will be pleased to hear that the Grandfather Rights for the BSQ are to be re-opened from Southampton International Boat Show (SIBS) 2015 for a year, giving those who missed the opportunity last time the ability to take it up.

The application form can be found in downloads/forms on the ABYA website . ABYA recognises the BSQ as an important part of the broker’s application to upgrade from Probationary to Accredited Member. ABYA has always been aware that the increasingly litigious and legislative nature of society could one day mean we are legally required to have a demonstrable qualification, and the BSQ was designed to ensure we have something in place.

It is not mandatory, but it was developed between British Marine and ABYA to provide an excellent route for training a new broker in-house.
Tucker’s Tips
In this edition, Tony looks at the parallels between medical check-ups and vessel surveys. The doctor will see you now, click on the photo for the full story.
TRADA Memberships
As announced in the last edition of the newsletter YBDSA has taken up corporate Membership of TRADA - the Timber Research and Development Association – so that we can pass on any interesting information to you.

Additionally, if you would like to take up Membership for yourself TRADA will offer you a £50 discount off your first year’s membership due to the YBDSA Membership. Have a look at the website to see what’s on offer at

TRADA has also added two new categories specifically to relate to wooden boats – Boat Surveyors and Boat Designers. 
Job Vacancies
Don’t forget we have job vacancy pages on both the ABYA and YDSA websites. 
MBA success - Congratulations to Rhian Sewell of Ancasta International Boat Sales, Port Hamble, on successfully completing her Master of Business Administration (MBA).

Bond Solon Expert Witness Conference

The keynote address at this years’ Expert Witness Conference will be delivered by The Right Hon. Lord Hughes, Justice of the Supreme Court. Click here for more information and details of how to book your discounted place.
Caley Marina gives some great insight into the development of Inverness Marina and the growth of wildlife tourism in the Moray Firth. Click on the photo for the full story.

Maegan triumphs at the Superyacht Cup
The Humphreys-designed Oyster 825 'Maegan' wins her Class at the Superyacht Cup and finishes second overall in the fleet. Click below for the full story

Red Ensign yacht brokerage has opened a new sales office at Plymouth’s King Point Marina. Click below for the full story.

Courtesy of Inland Waterways Association

Cross-Party Waterways Support at House of Commons Reception

Over 50 people including MPs, members of the House of Lords and waterway representatives were joined at the Houses of Parliament by the new Waterway Minister, Rory Stewart MP, in July at a reception organised by IWA. Click the photo above for more information.
Waterway Recovery Group Chairman Mike Palmer appointed an MBE in Queen's Birthday Honours List, click below for the full story.


Inaugural future of recycling conference unveils first programme details
For the very first time the subject of yacht recycling, and dealing with the dismantling of 'end-of-life boats' is on the agenda for METS week in November. The exhibition will have participants there from all the maritime nations for such an important subject, which affects the future growth and environmental sustainability of the yachting industry. Click here for the Yacht Recycling Agenda

Ocean Youth Trust South buys sail training vessel Prolific

Ocean Youth Trust (OYT) South, one of the UK’s leading sail training charities for young people, has just agreed the purchase of Prolific – a stunning vessel with real beauty and genuine character.

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.

New & Upgrades:
James Biss – upgrade to Full; Darren Gardiner &Toby Hawkins – new - Accredited (all from JD Yachts, Weymouth)
Richard Allen, RPA Boat Sales, Torquay – upgrade - Accredited
Keith Robinson, Michael Schmidt & Partner, Rhu office – New - Accredited
Carl Phillips – re-elected - Accredited
Tom Hustler, Cornwall - Affiliate
Guy Nicholls, Hampshire – Affiliate (from Graduate)
Alan Plummer, Devon – Affiliate (from Graduate)
Hermex International Ltd
ARM – Advanced Resource Managers

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

8-17 January      London International Boat Show, Excel
14-16 June         Seawork Exhibition – moved to Mayflower Park
15 March            YDSA Conference, The Old Royal Naval College (Greenwich Museum) 
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