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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  • Managing Marina Yards and Yacht Club Rules

    3 CPYB Recertification Credits

    December 12, 2018
    12:00-1:00PM

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December 12, 2018
12:00-1:00PM

CPYB Only e-Seminar

Managing Marina Yards and Yacht Club Rules

3 CPYB Recertification Credits

January 8, 2019
6:45AM

ABYC Marine Law Symposium: Winning Expert Witness Strategies

10 CPYB Recertification Credits

Renaissance Hotel , Seattle, WA

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Exclusive YBAA discount on .boats and .yachts domain names!

YBAA is pleased to offer you our newest member benefit: discounted .boats and .yachts domain names, brought to you by our newest Affiliate Member and YBAA Admiral Sponsor, Dominion Domains.

Don’t Think You’re At Risk, Think Again!

An “As-Is” clause does not mean that a buyer assumes all risk, but you probably already know that. However, there are many situations that can leave a broker, well… broker! Sometimes it takes the form of a lawsuit, sometimes of bad publicity or a negative reputation, and sometimes a bit of both. After all, a broker’s responsibility is not really over just because the paperwork is done. In many states, proof of fraud, negligent misrepresentation, or unfair acts override the as-is clause putting the liability back on the broker despite a contract that suggests otherwise.

What’s in a Domain Name?

Maybe you’ve heard of or visited a website that uses a new .boats or .yachts domain name. Consider master.yachts for example, who transitioned to their new TLD name in 2017. Other companies have started to follow suit, including Sea Ray and Bass Pro Shop, who have purchased a combined 66 new .boats and .yachts domain names. What’s the story behind these names? Why are these new URLs something your business should consider?

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