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YBDSA Newsletter October 2015


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

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