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Welcome to the February issue

As some of you have never been to our offices here in Petersfield I thought I would make an open invitation for any of you who are in the area to drop by. We are always pleased to see Members. I also realise that you probably don’t really know what we all do all day! So here is a brief overview:

The ‘phone usually starts ringing as we come in through the door, particularly in the summer months it barely seems to stop. We have several lines – YDSA, ABYA and Certifying Authority (CA) – each with different numbers so we can see which line is ringing and answer accordingly. Calls may be from Members, clients, other organisations or the general public and will cover the range of association services. As with you all, the email is ever-present with 100s arriving and going out each day.

The lynch-pin of the associations is now the Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system, containing all membership, coding, tonnage, customs warehouse, event and client records. This system is increasingly aligned with the bookings and payments, giving clients and Members the ability to book on-line as well as electronic documents for those that want them.

Over the course of the last 12 months we have issued almost 3,000 invoices and Sage accounts are coming together with the CRM system over the next few weeks. Over and above these services we have the committees for ABYA, YDSA, YDSA CA and Council. These meet approximately 4-5 times a year, plus the AGMs in November.

We help with a range of queries from how to find a Member to help with a particular boat in a particular location, to VAT or Recreational Craft Directive (RCD) questions from Members and the general public. We liaise with other organisations such as the Maritime Coastguard Agency (MCA), Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB), British Marine Federation (BMF) and Royal Yachting Association (RYA).

Our Marketing and Public Relations is outsourced to John Sharp at Sharp Communication and our Information Technology consultant is Craig White

This year’s big projects are electronic forms and alignment of Sage with CRM and revision of the YDSA and YBDSA websites. The websites (particularly the Members’ area) contain the standard documents and other Member information, much of which is revised and updated on a frequent basis.

Our team has a wealth of knowledge between them and we are always happy to help Members.

So next time you are driving up or down the A3, turn off at Petersfield and come and see us!
Jane Gentry
Chief Executive Officer of YBDSA, ABYA and YDSA

Click here to send me an email

I feel that 2015 will be a year to look forward to. Those Broker Members exhibiting at the London Boat Show mostly reported a good show and this bodes well also for surveyors – more new boats sold always means more used boats on the market. Enquiries for surveys have been buoyant in the last few weeks bearing this out.

The Association finances are in good shape with both Tonnage Measurement and MCA Coding income up on last year. Perhaps confidence is returning to the market!

It has often been said that the YBDSA is limited to small boats and whilst this isn’t the case it is sometimes the public perception. There are many Members, both Brokers and Surveyors, who operate in the Superyacht sector.

It is intended this year to put in place a strategy for promoting the Association and our Members further into this fast growing industry. Let’s all push the Association forward into all areas of our industry this year.

Duncan Saunders YBDSA President
The latest from the Associations

MGN 527(M) – Tonnage Measurement – Multihulls under 24m load line length
Copies of all MSNs, MGNs, MINs and MSIS are available via the new website, at the new links below:
Instructions to Surveyors:
Maritime and Technical Safety Alerts are available at the following link:
See us at Seawork
YBDSA is exhibiting at Seawork, 16-18 June, on Stand SB7. For all the latest news on the exhibition open this document.

Reinstate Paralympic Sailing at 2020 Games
You may wish to support this campaign initiated by Sir Robin Knox-Johnston.
Are you a good photographer?
The YBDSA, YDSA and ABYA websites are being updated and we need some new photographs to illustrate them. We also require them for use in our newsletter, exhibition stands and office. If you can help, please send your high resolution photos electronically to

Waterways News
The IWA discusses Mooring Sales with Canal & River Trust and the CRT appoints a new head of Customer Services, click here for both stories.
A day in the life of...
Alasdair Reay, owner of HPiVS, tells us about his career so far. From his first job on Velsheda to a brief stint in the boxing ring, click on the photo for the full story.


Public Training Courses

10% discount on Bond Solon’s expert witness training courses, click here for more.
Norfolk Boat Sales
Matthew Stone gives us an update about developments at Norfolk Boat Sales' new site in Brundall. Click here for the full story.
First new towing tank for over 45 years
The University of Southampton is building a new towing tank at its recently opened  Boldrewood Campus, click on the photo for the story.

2014 YJA Awards - Click on the photo for a brief round-up from the event.

YDSA - essential skills
On 3 March the YDSA is hosting a report writing course. Click here to find out more and to book a place on the course.

Alan Buchanan

1922 - 2015

We look back at the life and work of a yacht design legend.
Tucker’s Tips
In this edition, Tony looks at the issue of 'defects'. The different kinds of defect, how they should be reported and how to tell the difference between important defects and everyday maintenance issues.
Surveyors - Don’t miss out!
Look out for the article “Surveyors Under Fire” on page 80 in the February/March issue of Professional Boatbuilder, a really useful magazine for surveyors that can be downloaded at
New ABYA & YDSA branded goodies
New for ABYA and YDSA Members in 2015. We have branded document bags, clipboards and pens available at events starting with the YDSA Annual conference on 10 March or email Nicola if you would like any of these free items.

SCV fees have increased
New payment options

For a full breakdown of the new fees and new ways to pay click on the PayPal logo.
Sealine factory closure - Created a mammoth task for Hutchins Marine, click here for the full story.
Busy start to 2015 for Coleman Insurance

Click on the photo to find out what they did and who they met at the Boat Show.

Salterns reveals new Sea-Doo SAR
Click on the photo for the full story

Day on a Boat - Free registration before 1 May
This company's aim is to get more people out on to the water and enjoying boats. Click on the photo to find out more.

Tax relief on your Membership Subscriptions?

John Ross of Malta Yacht Surveys explains the ins and outs of claiming tax relief on your Membership Subscription, click below for the full story.


- Click on the photo above for a list of Quaynote's forthcoming Superyacht Conferences.

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.

Jamie Collins, Oyster Palma – Full
Stephen Lewis, Westwater Yacht Sales, Suffolk – Accredited
Alf Cackett, Marine Surveyors Kent - upgraded to Affiliate
Felix Bussman, Marine Survey Bureau, Palma – New Affiliate member

25 February – Inland Waterways Group meeting, Golden Lion Easenhall, Rugby. 6pm
2/3 March – Practical Yacht Brokerage, Marwell Hotel, Winchester.
3 March – Report Writing for Surveyors, The Glass Works, Petersfield.
5 March – Northern Forum, Ellesmere Port Boat Museum. 
10 March – YDSA Conference, Watermens’ Hall, London
9 June – ABYA Conference – details tba
17 June – Seawork Small Craft Seminar, Southampton
24 June – Electrics training day, The Glass Works, Petersfield
29/30 June – Introduction to Yacht Brokerage, Marwell Hotel, Winchester
Other events which may be of interest:
10 April – RNLI Alternative Boat Race! Barnes Bridge to Chiswick Bridge. 250 mini boats leave from the Ship Inn 3pm. To compete e-mail
7 May – Ballast Water Technology conference, London Zoo. (IMarEST)
13/14 May – Design & Construction of Super & Mega Yachts, Gelata Museo del Mare, Genoa, Italy. (RINA)
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