About YBAA

Setting the standard for yacht sales professionals

The Yacht Brokers Association of America, Inc. – YBAA - was founded in 1920 and exists to unite Yacht Sales Professionals throughout North America to: establish, promote and enforce high standards of professional competence, character and ethical conduct; foster public recognition of, and support for, YBAA and its member brokers; facilitate cooperation among member brokers; and, enhance each member's success.


YBAA defines a Yacht Sales Professional (YSP) as an individual who conforms to industry standards of skill, competence and character in service to their clients. As a member of a recognized yacht broker trade association and through continuing education and compliance with established Codes of Ethics, a YSP maintains their expertise throughout their professional career. YSPs may represent a buyer and/or seller as a broker in the sale of a recreational yacht or may be the representative of a yacht dealer or yacht manufacturer in the sale of a vessel. Those who attain, and maintain, their credentials as a Certified Professional Yacht Broker (CPYB) further demonstrate their ongoing commitment to their profession.

Selling/Buying
Your Vessel

What can a Yacht Sales Professional do for me?

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Selling/Buying Your Vessel


There’s a saying in the industry; "If it was so easy - everyone would be doing it themselves." In truth, it's not so easy to sell a boat or find a boat that is a good match for you on your own. It takes time, commitment, know-how, and the right resources. If you are ready to buy or sell a boat, a Yacht Sales Professional can help turn your dreams into reality.

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Certified Professional
Yacht Brokers

What is a Certified Professional Yacht Broker?

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Certified Professional Yacht Brokers


Yacht Sales Professionals – YSPs (brokers, dealers, salespeople) nationwide have a benchmark for measuring their skills, abilities and performance, while enhancing their marketing value. Boat sellers and buyers are in a better position to select qualified, competent sales professionals with confidence and trust. The Certified Professional Yacht Broker (CPYB) program has made this dream a reality.

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  • The Future of Boat Sales in 2019

    3 CPYB Recertification Credits

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January 17-20, 2019

CMTA Boat Show

The CT Marine Trades Association is proud to announce that the 50th Annual Hartford Boat Show will be held in the magnificent new Expo Center at Mohegan Sun!

January 23, 2019
12:00-1:00PM

CPYB Only e-Seminar

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3 CPYB Recertification Credits

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Renew Your Dues Today!

Renew your dues today to not miss out on programs and member benefits such as YBAA’s standardized Forms, low cost regional Yacht Brokerage University meetings, monthly e-Newsletters, free e-Seminars, the CPYB program, the YBAA On-Line Membership Directory, the all new YBAA and CPYB web sites, and much more.

The Future Of Boat Sales in 2019: 5 Trends Changing the Yachting Marketplace

The boating industry has gone through the BIGGEST transformation in the last 15 years. Due to the exponential growth and dominance of the Internet, mobile devices, social media, new technologies, combined with rising customer expectations and changing buying behavior, the rules of sales and marketing have drastically changed across all markets — and boat brokers must adapt or get left behind. 2019 will be a game changing year and here are my top 5 trends and market predictions.

Do I Own My Boat? How to Prevent a Buyer from Losing Title to His Boat!

Do I own my boat? A simple answer in 99% of cases. Everyone knows that once closingoccurs, title passes from the Seller to the Buyer. But what happens in those 1%?

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