Charlie North is a new Yacht Broker here at Parkstone Bay Yachts, as with all our brokers not only do they benefit from our in-house training but also the superb training offered by ABYA (The Association of Brokers & Yacht Agents). Below are a few words from Charlie about the course he successfully completed last week.
“Last week I was able to attend the ABYA (The Association of Brokers & Yacht Agents) ‘Introduction to Brokerage Course’ hosted at the Marwell Hotel. Held over two days the course is an intensive but informative set of talks from various Marine Industry bodies such as law firms, insurance companies, experienced brokers and HMRC. ABYA offers the course, along with its membership system to both experienced and new yacht brokers (like me). Through completing the course and meeting the set requirements for experience and conduct, yacht brokers are able to become ABYA members. ABYA has over 200 members based both in the UK and abroad and by using and promoting the ABYA logo and code of conduct it gives both vendors and buyers the confidence and trust that the sale or purchase of their boat will be done safely and legally. ABYA also provides advice and training to ensure their members are always supported and up to date on the latest legislation.
During the course we were able to learn about the legal and tax aspects of yacht brokerage as well as being taken through the full brokerage process from experienced brokers and industry leaders. Advertising yachts in todays market is dominated by the internet and we were lucky enough to be taken through the key factors in a successful online presence by Nick Crang from Yachtworld.com. Between the aforementioned talks on insurance, law, tax and advertising our course leader took us step by step through his daily roles and responsibilities. As well as giving us first hand accounts of successful sales but also how to overcome the hurdles that can arise during a yacht sale.”
We are delighted to have Charlie as part of our team at Parkstone Bay Yachts. Not only is he now an ABYA trained yacht broker he is also a commercially endorsed Yacht Master (sail), and a Powerboat Instructor. He grew up in Brixham (Devon) and has been working and playing on and around boats for many years.
Parkstone Bay Yachts are an independent yacht brokerage based in Poole, Dorset, and are the sole UK agents for Contest Yachts, RM Yachts, Nordship Yachts and Wauquiez Yachts.