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Setting the Standard for Yacht Sales Professionals for Over 100 Years

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 maybe 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.


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 May 2022 
July 14, 2022

YBAA University 2022 (YBAA U)

Providence, RI

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

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How to Hire

How to Hire

After people skills, these are the key character traits. These can’t be trained; people have them or they don’t. You have to look for these and test them in your hiring process.

No Time for Complacency

No Time for Complacency

The marine industry globally has been on a strong run for nearly two years now. Many, if not most, new boat manufacturers are reporting record backlogs of sales; some stretching into 2024. In the US, nearly half of these new boat buyers are first-time boat buyers. Clearly good times for the boating industry!

Professional Development – The Real P.D.

Professional Development – The Real P.D.

Last month Eric Smith wrote a great article about mentorship, taking and giving advice, and the professional benefits of mentorship. I’m going to continue to explore this “professional” theme. This month we will dive into professional development.

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Certified Professional Yacht Brokers

Yacht Sales Professionals (brokers, dealers, salespeople) have a benchmark for measuring their skills, abilities and performance, while, at the same time, enhancing their marketing value. Boat sellers and buyers are in a better position to select qualified, competent sales professionals with confidence and trust. If you want to set yourself apart, the Certified Professional Yacht Broker (CPYB) program is for you.