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.
MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION FORMS
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.
INTERESTED IN BECOMING A PROFESSIONAL YACHT BROKER?
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
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 MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS
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.
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
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.
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.
An annual series of FREE, one-day regional luncheon conferences offered through YBAA’s partnership with YachtWorld.com. 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 - www.ybaa.com
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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.