The Yacht Brokers Association of America, Inc. – YBAA - was founded in 1920 and exists to unite Yacht Sales Professionals throughout North America in order 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.


Corporate Membership Application - For brokerage firms and their eligible brokers who have been in business for at least one year.

Provisional Application - For brokerage firms in business for less than one year. Applicants must be referred by a YBAA member and attendance at a YBAA conference or seminar is required within the first year.
Affiliate Membership Application - For companies that provide services or products of interest to yacht brokers and who wish to support the enhancement of the yacht brokerage profession.


For individuals interested in entering the yacht brokerage profession for the first time, we recommend working for an established firm, ideally a member of YBAA. CLICK HERE to find member brokerage firms located closest to you.  As a recognized broker with a YBAA member firm, you would be afforded YBAA membership privileges.

NOTE: Yacht brokers operating in California must be licensed by the State. Contact the following office for more details:

Department of Boating and Waterways
Yacht and Ship Broker Licensing Unit
2000 Evergreen Street
Sacramento, CA 95815-3831
Tel: 916-263-8197

NOTE: Yacht brokers operating in Florida must be licensed by the State. YBAA provides an 'office of record' for a minimal annual fee in the state of Florida to assist members in meeting the legal requirements of Florida law. More Information HERE.


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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