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.

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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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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Upcoming Events

 August 2020 
August 5, 2020

YBAA/CPYB e-Seminar: Learn why Yacht Donation is the right tool to help your business

Dudley, Roger, and Jorge @AMIKids

Yacht donation provides Owners with immediate relief of holding expenses and reasonable tax benefits. Once donated, vessels are improved and listed for sale or lease at a competitive price, and with interest-free terms. Facilitating brokers retain the listing throughout and appropriately compensated.

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New Boats Group Scholarship Announced!

New Boats Group Scholarship Announced!

Boats Group has been a long-time supporter of the Certified Professional Yacht Broker Program (CPYB) and they show that commitment year after year by being the program’s “Diamond Sponsor.” Boats Group believes deeply in the fundamental importance of education and certification for yacht sales professionals.

YBAA Yacht Broker News - June 2020

YBAA Yacht Broker News - June 2020

Do you want to share news about recent sales, new hires, office expansion or other business updates and successes for FREE? Just send your news items by the 10th of the month along with any photos to jpskov@ybaa.yachts.

YBAA COVID-19 Resources and Information

YBAA COVID-19 Resources and Information

YBAA is here to provide you with as much information as possible to help your business navigate COVID-19.

Civil and Criminal Asset Forfeiture ~ Yacht Broker Considerations

Civil and Criminal Asset forfeiture relative to “In Rem” claims against vessels has a rich history in British Maritime law (Navigation Act 1660). The US Supreme Court came to embrace the concept when Majority Opinion, Associate Justice Joseph Story asserted in US v. Schooner Amistad, 40 US (15 Pet) 518 (1841):

Attracting Buyers and Sellers to select you as their Broker

Jeff Merrill offers some great advice on how to improve your success in the competitive business of yacht sales which include the sage advice of not overlooking tried and true techniques. In his presentation he covers a variety of techniques you can immediately implement.

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