Friday, 23 June 2017

A Hot Day In Hamble For Mark

Mark made a flying visit to a very hot and humid Hamble earlier this week to attend the ABYA Senior Brokers Training Day at The Royal Southern Yacht Club.

Blue skies from the Royal Southern Yacht Club sun deck

ABYA brokers travelled from all over Europe to attend the annual training day which provides a valuable oppurtunity for members to network and update their knowledge with the latest changes in technology, law and best practice. After welcoming delegates ABYA Chairman John Rodriguez and YBDSA CEO Jane Gentry introduced a range of speakers covering a broad range of topics.

Martin Pittilo (YDSA Chairman) - Maple Marine

Tips For Brokers In Identifying Condition Issues
A run through on how ABYA Brokers can assist clients by spotting common condition issues at the start of the sales process, avoiding unwelcome surprises at the time of survey.

Robin Clifford - CLA Consulting

Cyber Securtiy
Specialising in cyber security for high net worth individuals and super yachts delegates were given a scary insight into just how vulnerable individuals are to the ever increasing threat of cyber crime. From security compromised mobile phones and coffee machines....... to military grade encrypted email solutions.

Russel Kelly & Lucy Goff - LA Marine

Consumer Legislation
An update on the recent changes to Consumer Legislation which affects all retail businesses with the new rights to returns goods and cancel contracts at the forefront of discussions.

Jane Gentry - YBDSA

Bills of Sale
Excercise lead discussion to refresh delegates knowledge of how to process Bills of Sale in difficult and challenging circumstances with all delegates demonstrating the depth of knowledge clients can expect from an ABYA Broker.

ABYA Broker Training Day
Boats everywhere on the river Hamble

Full Members of ABYA have to comply with the associations continual professional development program, attending events like this on a regular basis to keep their knowledge up to date, offering clients a professional service.

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Count Down to Round Mull Race 2017

Running this year over the weekend 7th - 9th July Oban Sailing Clubs Round Mull Race is always a popular event with competitors. 

Round Mull Race Fleet Under Spinnaker

The event attracts all types of sailors annually and offers something for everyone with various different classes included a two-handed class. Circumnavigating the island of Mull to port the fleet departs Oban on the Friday morning with overnight stops in Tobermory and Bunessan with the world famous Mull hospitality in full flow. 

Enter Today

If your looking for different weekends sailing in some of the finest waters Scotland has to offer why not enter this years event. Visit the Oban Sailing Club Website for full details and entry forms.

Thursday, 11 May 2017

'Cayambe' Finds A New Home in Belgium

Its been a busy start to 2017 in our Brokerage with lots of high quality cruising yachts finding new homes around the globe.

With favourable exchange rates against the pound we have been working with an international clientele during the later part of 2016 and early part of 2017 as Euro and Dollar based buyers swoop in to grab some great boats at very favourable prices. During the last 6 months we have found new homes for Najad's, Finngulf's and most recently the Rustler 36 'Cayambe' in Europe and the Americas.

A shakedown cruise to Belgium

Rustler 36 Loch Linnhe
'Fair Isle' (Ex 'Cayambe') Under full sail in Loch Linnhe heading for the Caledonian Canal
After just 6 weeks over the festive period listed on our Brokerage and interest from several different parties we concluded the sale of the Rustler 36 'Cayambe' to Mr. Willaert from Belgium. During the spring our workshops worked through Mr. Willaerts list of required works, upgrading some of the onboard electronics and undertaking works on the engine and sterngear to make her ready for her North Sea shakedown. Having now completed the delivery trip Mr. Willaert provided a summary of his experiences buying a boat through the Ardfern Yacht Centre Brokerage service.

'We sailed off from Ardfern with fair weather and took all the daunting (so I had read in many a pilot books) obstacles without problems. We thought to spin around in the Dorus Mor, to shipwreck in a sucking Corryvreckan and to be smashed in pieces in the Fladda Narrows. Although I respect highly this tough waters I was greatful we could pass through with peace. The other day the very sympathetic Scottish weathergods gave us a good westerly breeze to sail from Oban up Loch Linnhe to Corpach where we had immediate acces to the Caledonian Canal. On our approach to Fort William we encountered only one sailboat, another Rustler 36 from Ardfern, Pickle.
The passage of the Caledonian Canal was a true delight. All alone in the middle of this impressive landscape. A unique experience for the nature lovers we are. Chased by energetic weather forecasts at the east coast we flew over the Lochs to Inverness to get asap on the track south before the april gales could catch us. It was with a mixture of astonishment and sadness we saw the beautiful coastline passing by.
We crossed the Firth of Forth with forty knots northwesterly winds on a sturdy eight ton long keeler with speeds up to ten knots. (three reefs and a staysail) I never expected a Rustler 36 to surf.
We made one overnight stop in Hartlepool to stretch the legs. (the pub was a three minute walk) After nine adventurous days of true maritime delight we saw the concrete Belgian coastline appear at the horizon.
I wish to thank all the people at Ardfern Yacht Centre who prepared 'Fair Isle' (former SY Cayambe) in a way I could cross oceans with her.
I don't know all of them by name but I'm convinced they all execute their job with passion. Special thanks to the engine strippers, the riggers, Andy, the electronic magician and of course to Mr. Cameron with whom it's a pleasure to do business.

If I would ever plan to buy another boat... my love says it won't happen...
it would be somewhere in Loch Craignish.'

#LegendarySailing Rustler 36
Paul Willaert and crew making their way through the Caledonian Canal
While its always sad to see a boat like 'Cayambe'; been based in Ardfern since she was launched, leave Scottish waters we are sure she is in good hands in her new cruising grounds under her new name 'Fair Isle'. Hopefully Mr. Willaert enjoys fair winds for his first season. 

Buyers Waiting

We have a list of buyers looking for well presented cruising boats. If your thinking about changing you boat why not give Mark a call and discuss your requirements, see the latest listings on our new Brokerage Webpage.

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Iconic Sailing Events in May

With the Scottish sailing season now in full swing May sees two iconic Scottish sailing events taking place with the Scottish Islands Peaks Race and The Silvers Marine Scottish Series.

Scottish Islands Peak Race - Oban start line.

Scottish Islands Peaks Race

A brutal start to the competitive sailing season on Scotland's West coast the SIPR appeals to a special breed of skipper and crew looking to push themselves to the limits of endurance. Starting in Oban this year on Friday 19th May the event sees crew and runners battle their way around the coast line of Argyll scaling the summits of Ben More on the Isle of Mull, all 3 peaks of the Paps of Jura and finally Goatfell on the Isle of Arran before a dash to the finish line in Troon. 

We are big fans of this event which has braced modern technology allowing you to track teams in real time as they battle the weather at sea and on the mountains over the weekend. Find out more on the event website or follow our live commentary on Facebook for a lighter take on events!

Marc Turner Scottish Series Clyde Cruising Club #legendarysailing
Silvers Marine Scottish Series - IRC Start line

 Silvers Marine Scottish Series 

Scotland's premier regatta Clyde Cruising Clubs Scottish Series has crews from all over the UK making the annual Pilgrimage to Tarbert and the testing waters of Loch Fyne. Building on a successful 2016 event a there have been a number of changes to the event format for this year all aimed at increasing numbers on the start line. 

The IRC classes will be taking part in the Scottish IRC Championships which for the first time are embedded in the event. The all new RC35 class, an iniative born out of a desire to improve racing in IRC class 2 makes it debut and should ensure for some close racing. White sail classes continue to grow in popularity and offer the cruising sailor a chance to enjoy the great atmosphere of the event.

Highlights from the 2016 Scottish Series

 Just two of the events making the best of Scotland's legendary sailing waters in 2017

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Lobster Pots and Small Craft Safety

A Petition has been launched calling on the UK Government to review the guidance on how static fishing gear is marked around the UK coastline.

Lobster Buoy Rescue
RNLI Pot Buoy Rescue
Photo courtesy of Practical Boat Owner Magazine
Sponsored by the Cruising Association the petition calls on DEFRA to improve the way in which all static fishing gear is marked for the safety of all small craft. Currently the guidance in place is voluntary and viewed to be inadequate with the number of times the RNLI and Coastguard are called out to small craft with fouled sterngear highlighting the scale of the problem.

To sign the petition click here to be directed to the UK Government website.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

New Brokerage Website Goes Live

After 3 years of steady growth for our on-site Yacht Brokerage Service we are pleased to announce our new Brokerage Page is now live. 

Yacht Brokerage Scotland
All new Brokerage Home Page
Working with our own web developers and the UK based online boat sales portal the brand new page is packed with custom features suited to the needs of those perusing online adverts for the boat of their dreams. In the last 12 months the number of visitors to the brokerage page within our website neared 20,000 and illustrated the value of this shop window for our brokerage service. 'The new page brings our own website up to date displaying the listing details in a crisp clear format and creates a platform around which we can expand our partnership activity with other brokerages' commented Mark Cameron, General Manager and in-house ABYA Yacht Broker.

Regina 43 Deck Saloon For Sale in Scotland
Detailed boat page

New Functionality

The new page displays all current listings in an easily readable format allowing users to quickly scroll through listings before opening up selected listings to see full details of the boat. Information is displayed clearly in a format which shows off key features while retaining high levels of detail buyers find useful when viewing a boat from afar. From the webpage full details of each listing can be printed or even shared to your selected social media platforms to show friends.

New Listings Sought

Activity across the Brokerage has been strong since the end of last season with many well presented high value blue water cruising boats finding new owners after only a few months on the market. In the last 12 months we have worked with buyers from Northern Europe, USA and Canada to successfully sell and export boats ranging from 33' to 46'. We have some interesting new listings coming onto the books in the next few weeks however with active buyers on our books looking for good quality cruising yachts we are always keen to discuss new listings.

Monday, 27 March 2017

Scotland's Marine Tourism Conference Goes Digital

Delegates learn about making the most of digital for their marine tourism business.

#SMTC2017 Gavin McDonagh Opening Speech
Sail Scotland Chairman Gavin McDonagh opens the day.
As the national marine tourism event on the program of Scottish Tourism Week the Sail Scotland Marine Tourism Conference; held in Greenock on March 23rd firmly put Scotland's booming Marine Tourism sector on the digital map. Themed around the benefits of digital engagement for businesses of all sizes delegates heard from a wide range of world class speakers on everything from tips and tricks to save you time online, making websites shine across the Google platform and why you should make time to write a blog!

Speakers for the day included

Stuart McMillan MSP - As Convener of the Cross Party Group on Recreational Boating and Marine Tourism delivered the opening address to delegates.  

Marc Crothall - CEO of Scottish Tourism Alliance and Chair of the Scottish Marine Tourism Development Group outlined the importance of the tourism economy to Scotland and shared some of the new technologies being used to market different businesses including Virtual Reality tours

Stephen Whitelaw - Digital Tourism Scotland delivered a very engaging presentation on the future of the web. During the afternoon session Stephen also lead one of the workshops providing an insight into the importance of Search Engine Optimisation.

Mark Johnstone - Google Digital Garage highlighted the services provided by the Digital Garage service and the importance of telling your story online.

Thea Newcombe - Delivered the second of the afternoon workshops 'Blogging for Business' providing an insight into the importance of blogging and tips on how to make sure time is used effectively.

Conrad Colman - Vendee Globe Skipper.

Conrad Colman & his Vendee Globe tale.
Conrad Colman tells his tale of the 2016/17 Vendee Globe

Arguably the speaker who stole the show however was the 'Crazy Kiwi' Conrad Colman, just freshly back from an epic Vendee Globe campaign. At just 33 years old Conrad Colman only crossed the finish line of his first Vendee Globe at the end of February in a very respectable 16th place. His race wasn't your standard ocean race and he kept delegates enthralled with his tales of finding himself overboard while racing solo, battling an onboard fire, loosing a mast, making a jury rig and completing the race under his lashed together rig while surviving on the ration packs from his liferaft.

Delegates left the conference thanking Daniel Steel of Sail Scotland for a great conference which provided valuable insights for all on how to maximise the benefits of digital this coming season. With 2020 recently announced as Scotland's Year of Coast & Water's there is a lot to look forward to.

2020 Scotland's year of Coast & Waters Marc Crothall STA
Marc Crothall announces 2020 Year of Scotland's Coast & Waters