About YBAA

Setting the Standard for Yacht Sales Professionals

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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.


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Selling/Buying Your Vessel

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

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.

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Join YBAA

YBAA members can benefit most fully when they: actively participate in association events and functions; utilize the many services and programs available; and, take full advantage of all that YBAA offers. Each of the YBAA member benefits will help you and your firm to increase your professional competence, increase your sales and/or save you money.

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Upcoming Events

August 18, 2022
10:00AM-4:00PM

Newport Brokers Open House

Newport, RI

YBAA and IYBA would like to invite you to this Brokers Open House in and around the marinas of Newport, RI. We ask that you please register your vessel ahead of the event.

December 5-6, 2022

Save the Date: YBAA/IYBA 2022 Broker’s Summit

Fort Lauderdale, FL

YBAA and IYBA are coming together to host their first joint Broker’s Summit, a unique and exclusive event bringing together yacht sales professionals to discuss leading topics related to the industry.

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That's a Wrap on YBAA University 2022

That's a Wrap on YBAA University 2022

There goes another fantastic YBAA University! Thank you to everyone who attended including our sponsors, YBAA Board Members, as well as new and old YBAA Members and CPYB certified brokers. 

Dual Agency: Profit Or Pitfall?

Dual Agency: Profit Or Pitfall?

How do you negotiate a sale keeping the best interests of both parties in mind? How do you get the highest price for your seller while getting the best price for your buyer? Who does the law say the Broker represents if there is a conflict? These kinds of conflicts can lead to difficulties if either party feels impacted by your handling of the sale and these pitfalls are what we all want to avoid. 

Why Your Sales Numbers Aren’t Good

Why Your Sales Numbers Aren’t Good

No matter the industry or organization, they all seem to have a historically slow time of year, the summer and holidays are usually the biggest. In addition, changes in the economy, the market or industry, pandemics, and supply-chain issues can also lead to slow sales.

Change is Inevitable in Every Business Environment

Change is Inevitable in Every Business Environment

Over the years I’ve experienced quite a bit of change in different industries. Some good, some bad, some driven by greed, and some driven by need.

Report: New Powerboat Sales Normalizing, Continue to Outpace Pre-Pandemic Levels

Report: New Powerboat Sales Normalizing, Continue to Outpace Pre-Pandemic Levels

The NMMA reports new powerboat sales through Q1 2022 are showing signs of normalizing following two years of historic growth. In the first quarter, new powerboat retail sales totaled 54,000 units, down 20 percent compared to Q1 2021, while continuing to surpass pre-pandemic levels, up 20 percent from Q1 2019’s 45,000 units.

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