Membership Benefits

YBAA Code of Ethics & Business Practices

All YBAA Corporate Members and designated brokers abide by a strict Code of Ethics & Business Practice ensuring that all business transactions follow the basic principles of fairness, accuracy, and honesty. The Code addresses broker relations with the public, clients, yacht yards and fellow brokers.

YBAA Pro-Forms Generator – Standardized Contracts for Member Use

YBAA offers members standardized, copyrighted contractual forms, for both U.S. and Canadian use, including: Yacht Purchase & Sale Agreement, Central Listing Agreement, Open Listing Agreement and Acceptance of Yacht. When properly used, the forms help to clarify the terms and agreements between seller / broker, buyer / seller and broker / broker. In co-op sales with other YBAA brokers, you will know what to expect in the way of documents to be signed. YBAA Forms are available online free to all members and are updated annually.

YBAA / CPYB E-Seminars

YBAA and CPYB present a varied series of teleconference e-seminars throughout the year, many FREE, providing valuable education and insights for participating brokers. The e-seminars facilitate the sharing of knowledge and experience to help identify potential pitfalls and the possible solutions for the multitude of challenges that a small business owner and/or manager faces daily. Specific e-seminars are available for brokerage principals, CPYB brokers, brokers and other industry leaders.

Certified Professional Yacht Broker Certification (CPYB) - Members Save $500!

The Certified Professional Yacht Broker (CPYB) designation is awarded to qualified brokers upon successful completion of the 3-hour CPYB exam. The CPYB program sets the standard for the professional practice of yacht brokerage in the U.S. and Canada. The program is sponsored by every yacht broker association in North America.

YBAA Florida Office

The Florida Yacht & Ship Brokers Act requires that brokers in the state of Florida have a current Yacht & Ship Broker License issued by the Department of Business and Professional Regulation, Division of Florida Land Sales, Condominiums and Mobile Homes. Also, brokers and their salesman must display their licenses and maintain a current mailing address at an accessible office location, or “principal place of business” within the state of Florida, in addition to maintaining an activity file of all transactions that take place in the state.

To assist members who do not have a principal place of business in Florida, YBAA provides such a facility, for a small annual fee, in Ft. Lauderdale for the purposes of posting valid licenses and maintaining broker records, as required by state law. The YBAA Florida Office also assists members with forwarding mail and updating files as necessary.

YBAA University - Regional Conferences

An annual series of FREE, one-day regional luncheon conferences offered through YBAA’s partnership with Attendees receive training in preparation for the CPYB exam, as well as networking opportunities and participation in business presentations, technology sessions and panel discussions. These free, convenient conferences provide added value for all members wishing to keep in close touch with the issues and challenges facing the industry, and CPYB brokers receive 10 recertification credits for full-day attendance. 

YBAA Website -

Connect with your association, your industry and your professional peers through the YBAA web site. In addition to regularly updated listings of active YBAA members, the site contains the latest member benefits, conference schedules, and links to vital business and industry information, YBAA bylaws and the Code of Ethics & Business Practice. All members are provided with a free listing, making it easier for customers and other brokers to locate you. 

Yacht Broker News

The association’s monthly e-newsletter is devoted to informing members about issues affecting their businesses and the industry. The Yacht Broker News reports on the latest business issues, industry concerns and legislation and regulatory activities and includes a Member-to-Member section, where members can report on their own company news, personnel updates and business expansion. The publication also provides members with a direct advertising source to reach the yacht brokerage market. Current advertising rates for the Yacht Broker News are available by contacting the YBAA office at 410/940-6345.

The GUIDE for the Professional Practice of Yacht Brokerage & Sales

This industry publication, produced by YBAA, provides a comprehensive reference / study manual of the skills and knowledge essential to professional yacht brokerage. Based upon the CPYB body of industry knowledge, the Guide serves as the perfect preparation tool for brokers planning to sit for the CPYB exam, as well as a valuable reference manual for brokerage firms and a ‘How-To’ manual for new entrants to the profession. 

YBAA Membership Directory

The YBAA Membership Directory is your complete resource to all YBAA member brokerage firms, Affiliate Members and individual brokers including services, locations and web sites. The Directory also provides a complete listing of association services, training programs and member benefits, including the YBAA Code of Ethics & Business Practice and industry resources. 

Arbitration Services

YBAA’s Professional Standards & Ethics Committee counsels members on how to successfully achieve accord on disputes between brokers - a major benefit of YBAA membership. Members of the Standards & Ethics Committee may sit as arbitrators or may recommend, by reason of geographic proximity, other qualified members to assist in settling disputes. This procedure allows the panel to hear all of the pertinent facts at one time and have adequate time to deliberate and render a decision. For details contact

YBAA Member Business Benefits

YBAA Members deserve special attention, and that's what Member Business Benefits delivers!

Special 'industy-professionals' discounts on the goods and services that you need most, with more being added each month - this is where you can access the best deals on Gill apparel, Weems & Plath Nautical Instruments, YBAA Member Health Insurance and more.

The YBAA Brand/Logo - Display Your Commitment as a Yacht Sales Professional

The boating public knows to look for the YBAA brand when seeking to work with a professional yacht broker who upholds the industry Code of Ethics & Business Practices. Members are encouraged to promote the association and their commitment to its principles, by including the YBAA logo on their web sites, business cards, stationery and in company advertisements, and to use the YBAA decals and window clings.  

YBAA MFR/OEM Partnership 

A new YBAA members-only service designed to connect brokers with technical expertise and support from participating boat Manufacturers (MFRs) and Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) via the YBAA web site.

With the goal of developing a closer working relationship between the community of yacht sales professionals and technical experts at key manufacturers, the YBAA MFR/OEM Partners program supports the sharing of vital information, allowing yacht sales professionals to be better informed about manufacturers’ products and services, and better able to advise clients about technical and manufacturing issues. 

Upcoming Events

 September 2018 
October 9, 2018

Yacht Sales and the Law Seminar

10 CPYB Recertification Credits

Pier 66 Hotel - Ft. Lauderdale, FL

October 24, 2018

YBAA/CPYB e-Seminar

Yacht Auction

3 CPYB Recertification Credits

November 7, 2018

CPYB Only e-Seminar

Mark Your Calendars

3 CPYB Recertification Credits

November 20-21, 2018

Boating BC Conference

10 CPYB Recertification Credits

Pacific Gateway Hotel, Richmond, BC

November 29, 2018

CPYB Only e-Seminar

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3 CPYB Recertification Credits

December 5, 2018

YBAA Principals e-Seminar

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3 CPYB Recertification Credits

December 12, 2018

CPYB Only e-Seminar

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3 CPYB Recertification Credits

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