The Association of Brokers and Yacht Agents (ABYA) – the professional association for yacht brokers in the UK – has issued its members with guidelines for viewings.
Looking to work within a structure to keep members of the public, and of the association, as safe as possible, the guidance says:
“Brokers are advised to allow 72 hours between viewings, giving any pathogens time to die; they are also advised not to accompany clients on the viewing. The broker will open the boat up and close it afterwards.”
This practice should mean that family groups – all from the same household – can go onboard.
“A boat cabin is a small enclosed space. Even though some easing of restrictions has started in some areas of the UK we need to ensure we don’t create a second wave,” the statement reads.
“In light of the current circumstances and the desire to help everyone in the industry, we are pleased to make our Member Guidelines for safe operational practices during the Covid-19 pandemic available to everyone,” says Jane Gentry, CEO ABYA.
“Hopefully, it will help to protect the lives and livelihoods of all small and medium-sized boating businesses out there. Be safe, be careful and follow the guidelines,” she says.
Practical advice is offered to those wishing to view a new boat. It includes making sure they’re in a position to proceed with any purchase, that they’ve booked an appointment in advance, that they take and wear disposable gloves and a face covering. They need to carry water, hand sanitiser and their own pen/paper.1 comment