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YBDSA Newsletter February 2016

Welcome to the February issue

2016 came rushing towards us like a train and the first event of the year was a really interesting training day at Manchester University on ferro-cement from which we had excellent reviews, including one Member who said he felt able to look at a ferro boat if a client came to him now. Paul Nedwell, who led the course, is a world authority on ferro, so we couldn’t have done better! (See a review by Barry Waddell later in this newsletter). Paul has agreed to do a shortened version for the joint training day in November ahead of the AGM.

The YDSA Annual Conference is all set for 15 March at the Old Royal Naval College Greenwich, and the booking form is available here and on the YDSA website.

We have an interesting programme for you covering Forensic Fire Investigation,  GRP Epoxy repairs, the changes to the RCD – now RCD II - and finishing with large yachts and how they differ from under 24m yachts.

Which brings me to dates for events – a lot of you ask when things are – there is a list at the bottom of every newsletter and a rolling list on the website. The Training Day, Dinner and AGMs will be 17 and 18 November at the Ardencote Manor, Warwick (just north of Stratford on Avon, off the M40). Some Members may remember we went there back in 2004! Put the dates in your diary now!

Client Accounts are causing a few headaches at the moment, with banks requiring Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) registration – we are looking at options that work for brokers. There doesn’t seem to be a specific registration.

We have a stand booked in Old Billingsgate for the Large Yacht, Jet and Prestige Car show in May – the YDSA Large Yacht Group is now under way with Robert Elliott as its Chairman, and ABYA is also setting up its own LYG so we will be taking further steps into this area of the market during the year. We also have stands booked for Seawork and for Southampton Boat Show.

The new websites – we have lift-off!  Work has started on the new sites and estimated time of arrival is July!

The new Committees are settling in well, with ideas coming forward from new Members.

VAT and Recreational Craft Directive (RCD) evidence continue to be challenging, but both are necessary in boat sales, especially with RCD II – brokers may be found wanting by a court if they have not make efforts to find the RCD status and at the very least should advise clients in writing there is no evidence so the client makes their own decision. It is debatable whether a broker should even list a boat without evidence of either VAT or RCD (and brokers are well advised to keep scanned copies of these documents). Whilst a boat owner may not be challenged in the UK, they may well be elsewhere in Europe. Surveyors too should highlight lack of RCD evidence, and explain what that means.

Congratulations to Joanne Hickman, who ably supports Dawn in the Certifying Authority, on reaching a milestone birthday!

Best wishes from the Glass Works to our Members for a prosperous 2016!

Jane Gentry
Chief Executive Officer of YBDSA, ABYA and YDSA

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