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We were there right from the beginning!

There has been a membership organisation representing leisure boatbuilding right from the start of the growth of yachting for pleasure in the UK - back in Edwardian times during early 1900's.

Click on the links to the left to explore our history.

Boat, Yacht and Allied trades Association

The commercial ship builders had their federations so, in 1913, the Boat, Yacht and Allied Trades Association was formed. It had some great aims:

  • Promotion and protection of its members
  • Promoting or opposing of legislation
  • Collection of debts
  • Keeping a record of County Court judgements, bankruptcies and the names of known swindlers

By 1919, the Association had 108 Full and 74 Associate members and a full time secretary with a salary of £150.