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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July 23, 2019
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YBAA University

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Annapolis, MD

Earn 10 CPYB Recertification Credits

July 25, 2019
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YBAA University

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Providence, RI

Earn 10 CPYB Recertification Credits

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Boating Briefs

YBAA is pleased to offer its members access to the latest edition of Boating Briefs, a newsletter summarizing the latest court cases and other legal developments in the boating industry. The newsletter is produced by the U.S. Maritime Law Association’s Committee on Recreational Boating and is reprinted here with permission.

State of the Sailing Industry Report

All of us at Cruising World and Sailing World are pleased to offer our exclusive 2019 "State of the Sailing Industry" report to YBAA members with our compliments. We produce this annual snapshot of the sailing market as a service to the industry.

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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