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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Upcoming Events

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June 3, 2020
9:00AM-4:00PM

International Testing Day

Study Session and CPYB Exam

Various Locations Offered

June 24, 2020
12:00-1:00PM

YBAA e-Seminar: Civil and Criminal Asset Forfeiture, Yacht Broker Considerations

Presenters: David Bohonnon, Jody McCormack, and Stephen Clark of Bohonnon Law Firm

We examine the elements of criminal and civil forfeiture of yachts in this seminar.

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YBAA Yacht Broker News - May 2020

YBAA Yacht Broker News - May 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.

Update on Business During COVID-19: Provided By Lochner Law Firm

Here is a very important article from our attorneys regarding COVID 19 with extremely valuable information for our members

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):

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