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ABYA Saves UK Yacht Broking
May 2014

ABYA challenges the FCA over new regulations and sets the record straight, securing the future of Yacht Brokers’ Client Accounts


FCA REGULATIONS AND THEIR POTENTIAL EFFECT ON YACHT BROKERS
May 2014

The background to the concerns raised regarding the FCA regulations that came into being on 1st April 2014


Used boat market a ‘ticking time-bomb’
January 2014

Buyer pressure to find the ‘best deal out there’ has turned the UK’s used boat market into a ticking time-bomb according to Jane Gentry, Chief Executive of the Yacht Brokers Designers & Surveyors Association


Centenarian vessel will sail in The Fastnet Race 2013
June 2013

Intrepid member of the Yacht Designers and Surveyors Association (YDSA), David Cannell, has announced he will sail Duet in the Rolex's 680-nautical mile Fastnet Race in August 2013, in aid of the Cirdan Sailing Trust.


PCA celebrates 21 years
May 2013

On Monday 13 May, the Professional Charter Association (PCA) celebrated 21 years of activity in true traditional style, onboard the classic English motor yacht, Seafin, kindly provided by Warwick Bergin, in the Solent on England's South Coast.


YDSA supports members with successful training day and annual conference
March 2013

On March 7th the Yacht Designers and Surveyors Association's (YDSA) Northern Forum, held the first of its two annual training events, with a full day dedicated to the subject of Small Commercial Vessel (MCA) Coding. The event was held in the conference rooms at Ellesmere Port Boat Museum and outside with 12 members attending.


YBDSA wraps up its Centenary year in style with Gala Dinner and AGMs
December 2012

As 2012 draws to a close, the Yacht Brokers, Designers and Surveyors Association (YBDSA), ended its Centenary year in style with a Gala Dinner held at the prestigious Royal Thames Yacht Club.


YBDSA inspires next generation of marine professionals at annual Shipwrights Lectures
October 2012

The Yacht Brokers, Designers and Surveyors Association (YBDSA) has played an instrumental part in the 2012 annual Shipwrights Lectures, organised by the Worshipful Company of Shipwrights in conjunction with the University of Southampton.


ABYA delegates benefit from Annual Conference and Yacht Brokerage Course
July 2012

On June 13, the annual ABYA conference saw more than 40 delegates from across the UK gathering at the Marwell Hotel in Winchester. The conference provided the perfect opportunity for brokers and marine industry professionals to set aside some valuable time to network with one another, whilst receiving in-depth information and training.


YBDSA looks to the future in honour of Centenary year
April 2012

The YBDSA, which is the management company for the Association of Brokers and Yacht Agents (ABYA), the Yacht Designers and Surveyors Association (YDSA) and the Professional Charter Association (PCA), is celebrating its landmark Centenary year with fresh new branding across all of the associations, and a number of celebratory events for past and present members to enjoy.


YDSA honours Centenary year at Annual Conference
March 2012

On March 13, the Yacht Designers and Surveyors Association (YDSA) attracted 70 delegates to its Annual Conference, held at the prestigious Royal Thames Yacht Club in Knightsbridge, London.


YDSA Fellow Member selected as Royal Rowbarge Surveyor
January 2012

The Yacht Designers and Surveyors Association (YDSA) is pleased to announce that Ted Spears, a highly experienced Fellow member of the YDSA has been selected as the specialist surveyor to Lloyd's Register for the Royal Rowbarge which has been specially commissioned for Her Majesty the Queen in celebration of her Diamond Jubilee.


The YBDSA appoint marine specialist PR agency for Centenary Year celebrations
January 2012

The YBDSA, which is the management company for the Association of Brokers and Yacht Agents (ABYA), the Yacht Designers and Surveyors Association (YDSA) and the Professional Charter Association (PCA), has appointed marine specialist PR agency, ADPR Limited, to handle its public relations.


YBDSA brings together its members for training, networking and association AGMs
December 2011

The historic port of Bristol was the appropriate location for the annual general meetings of the Yacht Brokers, Designers and Surveyors Association (YBDSA), incorporating the Association of Brokers and Yacht Agents (ABYA), and the Yacht Designers and Surveyors Association (YDSA). Held over two days, the event attracted over 65 yacht brokers, agents, designers and surveyors.


YBDSA announces new President for its Centenary Year
December 2011

The Yacht Brokers, Designers and Surveyors Association (YBDSA) has announced the appointment of Christian Moore as its new President. Christian, who is the managing director of Moores International Brokerage, will be taking over the reins as the organisation celebrates its Centenary during 2012.


ABYA / BRBA Boat Sales Qualification Launch
September 2010

Boat Sales Qualification Will Strengthen Industry Best Practice and Boost Consumer Confidence - A new boat sales qualification introduced by the Boat Retailers and Brokers Association (BRBA) and the Association of Brokers and Yacht Agents (ABYA) has been designed to promote best practice in the industry...


Ten Years at the Top, Jane Gentry
August 2010

This year Jane Gentry celebrates ten years at the helm of the Yacht Brokers, Designers and Surveyors Association (YBDSA) incorporating ABYA (Association of Brokers & Yacht Agents), YDSA (Yacht Designers & Surveyors Association) and the PCA (Professional Charter Association). Under Jane's leadership membership has more than doubled to include a number of overseas members and partners...


ABYA leads the way in broker training
July 2010

The ABYA summer conference held in Wokefield Park, near Reading, was heralded a great success providing further in-depth training and information for brokers and other marine industry professionals. The imposing venue along with excellent weather created the perfect environment for the event...


Summer Brokerage Course Dates Announced
April 2010

The next ABYA Practical Yacht Brokerage course is on June 7th and 8th based at Marwell Hotel, Winchester. The course, open to non members, is designed as an introduction for those new to the industry and an opportunity for more experienced brokers to update their knowledge on new legislation, guidelines and technology...


Full marks on the latest ABYA brokerage course
March 2010

Twelve delegates successfully completed the latest Practical Yacht Brokerage course run by the Association of Brokers and Yacht Agents (ABYA). The two-day intensive training, held at Marwell Hotel, Winchester, was led by experienced yacht broker Owen Box, a former President of ABYA...


Brokerage course aims to provide competitive edge in the downturn
August 2009

With the downturn in the economy, ABYA's intensive two-day Practical Yacht Brokerage course aims to help yacht brokers enhance their professionalism and maintain a competitive edge. The next course is being held on Monday and Tuesday, 2nd & 3rd November 2009...


ABYA's popular Practical Yacht Brokerage Course to be run three times a year
April 2009

The Association of Brokers & Yacht Agents (ABYA) has announced new dates for its highly popular industry-led Practical Yacht Brokerage Course. Such is the level of interest – and demand – for this course that the Association has now made the decision to run it three times per year. The next one will be held at the Marwell Hotel, Winchester, on 22nd and 23rd June...


New look, easier to use websites launched by YBDSA, ABYA and YDSA
March 2009

YBDSA (Yacht Brokers, Designers & Surveyors Association) has completely overhauled its three interlinked websites introducing new features and making them much easier to use. Content of all three should prove invaluable whether you are a boat owner, prospective owner, association member or other industry professional...


Places still available on forthcoming ABYA brokerage courses
February 2009

The Association of Brokers & Yacht Agents (ABYA) is running two courses for industry professionals with different levels of experience – and both are open to non-members of ABYA. Both courses will be held at the Marwell Hotel, Winchester, the first one on 9 & 10th March is the association's popular, industry-led Practical Yacht Brokerage Course...


ABYA gets behind the Yacht Brokers Village at the London Boat Show
November 2008

This new initiative comes in response to demand from professional yacht brokers and boat dealers to find a cost-effective way to display brokerage listings and stock boats at boat shows. This innovative idea will represent an unrivaled opportunity for visitors to see up-to-date information on a huge selection of pre-owned boats...


ABYA gets behind the Yacht Brokers Village at the Sail, Power & Watersports Show
November 2008

Each ABYA broker, visible by the Association's well known logo, can display up to 24 boat listings mounted in a high quality professional display. The Yacht Brokers Village will also feature hospitality areas where customers can discuss their requirements with brokers on the stand...


ABYA wins Boat Master Licence exemption
October 2008

The Association of Brokers and Yacht Agents (ABYA) has reached a successful outcome to its discussions with the MCA following the recent revision of the Boat Master Licences (BML)...


Boat buyers urged to ensure yacht brokers use client accounts
September 2008

Jane Gentry, Chief Executive of ABYA, comments, "Client accounts are an essential element of ABYA members' businesses – they are operated separately from the broker's business account and are used solely to pay in monies received from purchasers such as deposit, part-payment and completion funds, which is then held in trust on behalf of vendors until a sale is complete...


YBDSA appoints new Marketing Assistant
August 2008

The YBDSA (Yacht Brokers, Designers & Surveyors Association) has appointed Sarah White as Marketing Assistant. A newly created role, Sarah's primary responsibilities include the promotion of both ABYA (Association of Brokers & Yacht Agents) and YDSA (Yacht Designers & Surveyors Association)...