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Welcome to the February Issue

Since the last newsletter we have had the London and Dusseldorf boat shows. Although smaller this year, some Members did report good business at London. A number of Members also attended Dusseldorf which had almost 250,000 visitors, up on 2013, and reported good levels of interest in their boats. The current weather will no doubt be dampening potential boat buyers’ enthusiasm to go out and buy a boat – we can only hope the weather system will move on soon.

ABYA is working with BMF’s BRBA looking at issues that affect our Members jointly – we now have two meetings a year and, in particular, at the March meeting, we will be looking at promotion of the Boat Sales Qualification. We also had a small joint presence at the London Boat Show with display boards around one of the coffee areas promoting the professionalism of brokers.

Neither groups have budgets to lavish on large displays, but hoped that promotion of our message within the show would help with the marketing of our message with our logos – the more they are seen the more the public will come to recognise and look for them.

Thank you for sending in your news – we really enjoy receiving it and being able to tell fellow Members about what is happening within our sector of the Industry.

Best wishes

Jane Gentry
Chief Executive Officer of YBDSA, ABYA and YDSA

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Jonathan Milton
Reporting from last week's YDSA Committee meeting, Jonathan gives us some advice on how to avoid common problems with Membership applications.
Marcus Munt
A wet start to the year needn't mean that 2014 is a damp squib for ABYA brokers. The Chairman rallies the troops and underlines that actions speak louder than words.

Humphreys nominated in the Classic Boat Awards - Click on the photo for more details and to vote for your favourite design.
Marine Surveys UK helps load patrol boat for its passage to India - click on the logo for the full story
New face at Northrop and Johnson - Meet Natascha Weber, the new Charter Manager and Charter Broker at Northrop and Johnson Spain.
Interested in Stainless Steel and Ball Valves? Bill Caselton of TD Marine recommends an issue of Professional Boatbuilder that surveyors will find useful - Click here for more information.
Ancasta Celebrates Beneteau win at the nautical Oscars - click on the logo for the full story.
Sixty years of making a splash at the London Boat Show - click on the logo for more details about this achievement
News from Waterside Boat Sales
The Waterside Group used the London International Boat Show to expand, click on the logo for all the news.
Three ABYA winners of 2014 Motor Boat Awards announced - Click on the logo for the full story
Cuba passes legislation to open marinas
The Caribbean island will now allow foreign vessels to stay at local marinas for up to five years. Click on the flag for the full Montecristo.
A day in the life of... Ian Winson
The Deputy Chairman of the PCA and director of C2 RIBS gives us a brief overview of his time in the industry and some insight into the charter market. Click on the photo for more.
New Green Guides to Washdown and Pump Out Systems
The Green Blue, the joint initiative of the British Marine Federation and the Royal Yachting Association is pleased to share two new documents. Click on the logo for more details
Opportunities in Superyachts Conference
Thursday 3 April 2014 - Westin Dragonara Resort, Malta
Early bird rate just 180 euros

This conference will attract an elite audience of senior-level delegates to Malta, itself an established yachting and shipping hub and now home to this unique event. With a keen emphasis on panel discussion and debate, the conference will focus on regulatory, financial, fiscal and legal issues as well as highlighting market trends and developments across the global Superyacht Industry.
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Inland Waterways
The next YBDSA Inland Waterways Group (IWG) meeting is on 26 February at the Golden Lion Hotel, Easenhall, Rugby starting at 6pm. If you are not on the mailing list and would like to be involved, contact Mike Godding (Secretary) at The IWG organises the Northern Forums, held at the Ellesmere Port Boat Museum – the next one is on 6 March. However, they are not solely on inland topics so keep a look out for details of these twice yearly events. Click here for some more details
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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. “Interesting things I have done or done regularly over the last 10 years" – 10 minute presentations by members -  Ellesmere Port Boat Museum, 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.

21 May – ABYA Conference, Marwell Hotel, near Winchester.

10 - 12 June – Seawork, including Small Craft Surveyors Forum seminar (11 June, pm).
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