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.


"There are so many reasons to be a member & to maintain membership. For me being a member of your professional association distinguishes any broker from the competition as YBAA maintains a strict code of conduct/ethics that elevates a broker’s performance. I strongly encourage your membership as YBAA is your professional association.”

Michael Myers

Michael Myers

Owner/Yacht Broker

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

July 13-15, 2021

YBAA University

Annapolis, MD

An annual series of educational programs offered each summer in Annapolis. Attendees receive training in preparation for the CPYB exam, as well as networking opportunities and participation in business presentations, technology sessions, and panel discussions.

April 6-8, 2022

Sail America Industry Conference

Annapolis, MD

Sail America is postponing the Sail America Industry Conference scheduled for May 17-19, 2021 because of the ongoing COVID-19 public health concerns and related restrictions.  However, there does appear to be a bright horizon ahead and we are pleased to announce that the next SAIC will be on April 6-8, 2022 in Annapolis, MD.  Mark your calendar now and stay tuned for more information in the coming months. 

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Latest News

The Growie Group Releases the Jackline Insurance Program News & Updates!

The Growie Group Releases the Jackline Insurance Program News & Updates!

This informative brief provides an insurance market update, a word from our underwriters at Markel, a storm story from a fellow cruiser, and Eight Bells to commemorate the life of Al Golden, founder of the Jackline Program.

OceanPoint Marine Lending Announces the Formation of the Marine Construction Loan Program

OceanPoint Marine Lending Announces the Formation of the Marine Construction Loan Program

OceanPoint Marine Lending (OPML), a division of BankNewport is pleased to announce the introduction of a Marine Construction Loan Program to facilitate the build and purchase of high quality, industry-respected yachts.

Intrinsic Yacht & Ship Welcomes New Broker and Marketing Manager

Intrinsic Yacht & Ship Welcomes New Broker and Marketing Manager

Intrinsic Yacht & Ship (Intrinsic) is pleased to welcome two new employees to their growing staff. Blake Stephenson has joined the crew as a Yacht Broker and Nicole Esterson will be the Marketing Manager.

Annapolis Dealership Expands with New, Larger Service Shop

Annapolis Dealership Expands with New, Larger Service Shop

Intrinsic Yacht & Ship is pleased to announce their expansion into a new and larger service shop located close to their home office in Port Annapolis Marina. Located in CSI Marina on Edgewood Road, this new facility boasts an expansive working area across 2 bays.

Sponsorship & Advertising Opportunities

Sponsorship & Advertising Opportunities

YBAA is pleased to offer sponsorship packages to members that include year-round promotions on the YBAA website, newsletter, social media, education initiatives, and more.

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