Our members are professional, qualified and experienced practitioners and can guide you through boat buying, selling, repairing, re-fitting, coding for charter, expert reports - for under and over 24m yachts and workboats.

Click on our logos below to visit the YDSA and ABYA websites for further details:

The Yacht Designers & Surveyors Association

THE YACHT DESIGNERS AND SURVEYORS' ASSOCIATION - our members are specialists in providing a first class, professional service for small craft (pleasure and commercial) Surveys for:

  • All types of vessel - large and small; sail or motor; under and over 24m
  • Pre-purchase
  • Insurance
  • Damage
  • Re-fit
  • Tonnage measurement
  • MCA Coding (up to 24m)
  • Valuation
  • Expert Witness


  • New build
  • Re-fit
  • Damage
  • Stability
  • Expert reports for insurance and courts


NB - most of our members are not ship or cargo surveyors. See their individual websites for details

The Association of Brokers & Yacht Agents

THE ASSOCIATION OF YACHT BROKERS & YACHT AGENTS offering the complete, professional brokerage service. Check your broker is a member on our members listing - there are brokers saying they are members who are not!

Whether you are buying new or second-hand our members can help with:

  • All types of vessel - large and small; sail or motor; old or new; under and over 24m
  • All Legal Title documents
  • RCD
  • VAT
  • All your sales "conveyancing"
  • Consultancy to buyers on documentation
  • Tonnage measurement
  • Customs Warehouse authorised operator

Our brokers pride themselves on ensuring the new owner has the best possible title chain that can be obtained and a correctly completed Bill of Sale.


YBDSA is the holdings company and provides the secretariat for:

Association of Brokers and Yacht Agents (ABYA) abya.co.uk

Yacht Designers and Surveyors Association (YDSA) ydsa.co.uk

including the YDSA Certifying Authority which is authorised by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA)

YBDSA has Associate Members - professionals from the marine industry who work with our members, including solicitors, insurers, finance houses.

ABYA and YDSA are independent associations. Members are independent individuals who have been elected as members of their professional association by their peers. ABYA and YDSA members have to satisfy their committee they are competent through submission of evidence they hold PI insurance; evidence of their work (which is assessed); two professional references and evidence that brokers have a dedicated client account.