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.


"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

October 21, 2021
1:00-2:00PM

YBAA/CPYB e-Seminar: Learn why Yacht Donation is the right tool to help your business

Dudley, Roger, and Jorge @AMIKids

Yacht donation provides Owners with immediate relief of holding expenses and reasonable tax benefits. Once donated, vessels are improved and listed for sale or lease at a competitive price, and with interest-free terms. Facilitating brokers retain the listing throughout and appropriately compensated.

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.

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Boat-Building Icon Leon Slikkers Retires from Tiara Yachts, Capping Legendary 75-Year Career in the Marine Industry

In a career that began with building wooden runabouts, Slikkers pioneered sport, sail, and pleasure boats with a focus on innovation, engineering excellence, and unparalleled commitment to quality.

Massachusetts Marine Trades Association Workforce Solutions Amendment Passes in the 2022 State Budget

Massachusetts Marine Trades Association Workforce Solutions Amendment Passes in the 2022 State Budget

Last week Governor Baker signed the 2022 state budget, which included $150,000 in funding for workforce development and career technical education initiatives within the recreational boating industry.

30,000 Grant from BankNewport Advances RI Marine Trades Association Foundation’s Fiberglass Vessel Recycling Pilot Project

30,000 Grant from BankNewport Advances RI Marine Trades Association Foundation’s Fiberglass Vessel Recycling Pilot Project

BankNewport and its OceanPoint Marine Lending division are pleased to announce that a $30,000 grant is awarded to the Rhode Island Marine Trades Association Foundation (RIMTA Foundation) has played a key role in the advancement of the Rhode Island Fiberglass Vessel Recycling Pilot Project.

Yacht Brokers Association of America, Inc. to Host Annual YBAA University in Annapolis, Maryland

Yacht Brokers Association of America, Inc. to Host Annual YBAA University in Annapolis, Maryland

YBAA-U offers yacht brokers and industry professionals the opportunity to network, participate in business presentations, technology sessions, and panel discussions while earning continuing education hours toward their Certified Professional Yacht Brokers (CPYB) exam.

YBAA Mourns Long-Time Member and Board Member, Vincent Morvillo

YBAA Mourns Long-Time Member and Board Member, Vincent Morvillo

YBAA is saddened to announce the passing of board member and friend Vincent "Vince" Morvillo, CPYB. Vincent Morvillo, Jr., of League City, passed away on Sunday, May 16, 2021 in Webster, Texas at the age of 75.

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