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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November 13, 2019
12:00-1:00PM

Legal Issues e-Seminar

Presented By: Danielle Butler, Luxury Law Group

3 CPYB Recertification Credits

November 25-27, 2019

Boating Ontario Annual Conference

10 CPYB Recertification Credits

Sheraton on The Falls - Niagra Falls, Ontario

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Latest News

Hylas Yachts Appoints David Walters Yachts as New Yacht Sales Representatives

On the opening day of the 50th Annual United StatesSailboat Show, Hylas Yachts and David Walters Yachts jointly announced their new partnership and the appointment of David Walters Yachts as the brand's North American sales representative.

Latitude Yacht Brokerage Celebrates their 10th Anniversary

Known for excellent customer service and long-lasting business relationships that are more like friendships, Latitude Yacht Brokerage in Newport, RI recently celebrated our 10th year in business with a cruise on a beautiful 72’ Marlow during the Newport International Boat Show. A huge thank you to the crew of Halcyon Seas, Latitude’s charter broker Sue Gearan and Carol Kent Yacht Charters for hosting a great celebration.

YBAA OWNED MLS – The next step toward CHOICE in our industry!

Your YBAA Board of Directors and Executive Committee have been VERY BUSY! As a volunteer board sometimes change is slow and sometimes the industry shouts WE NEED CHANGE NOW! YBAA does a great job of listening to its members and makes real efforts to provide meaningful benefits and productive industry interaction. This fall we heard loud and clear from our membership that an industry change was needed and that a CHOICE was needed with regard to the MLS systems that yacht brokers utilize on a daily basis. Fast forward a few months and YBAA is pleased to announce the arrival of the YBAA MLS.

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