A.Y.B. is a UK association for Professional Yacht Brokers around the world.

A.Y.B. Yacht Brokers agree to the  AYB Code of Practice and are issued with a certificate to reassure clients and buyers.

Each has a Broker’s Profile page and is listed in the AYB Directory

On the private page for AYB Brokers are downloads such as:-Code of practice,  AYB broker logos, AYB brokerage agreement and The Yacht Brokers welcome pack

Boat sellers should always use a yacht broker for several reasons, as brokers can offer a range of valuable services and expertise that can make the selling process safer, smoother and more efficient. Here are some reasons a boat seller might consider using an AYB yacht broker:

  • Market Knowledge:
  •  Yacht brokers typically have a deep understanding of the boat market, including current trends, pricing, and demand for different types of boats. This knowledge can help sellers set the right asking price for their boat.
  • Pricing Guidance: 
  • Yacht brokers can provide guidance on pricing your boat competitively, ensuring that it is not overpriced, which could deter potential buyers, or underpriced, which could result in a lower sale price.
  • Marketing Expertise: 
  • Yacht brokers have access to a wide range of marketing resources and platforms to promote your boat effectively. They can create professional listings, use online and offline advertising, and leverage their network to reach potential buyers.
  • Industry Contacts:
  •  Brokers have a network of industry contacts, including other brokers, boat dealers, and potential buyers. They can tap into this network to connect with qualified buyers more easily.
  • Time and Convenience: 
  • Selling a boat can be a time-consuming process, involving inquiries, showings, negotiations, and paperwork. Yacht brokers handle many of these tasks, allowing sellers to save time and focus on other priorities.
  • Qualifying Buyers: 
  • Yacht brokers can pre-qualify potential buyers to ensure they are serious and financially capable of making a purchase, reducing the risk of dealing with unqualified or time-wasting prospects.
  • Negotiation Skills: Yacht brokers are experienced in negotiating deals and can help you get the best possible price for your boat. They can also assist in resolving disputes and navigating complex negotiations.
  • Paperwork and Legalities: 
  • Selling a boat involves a considerable amount of paperwork and legal requirements, including title transfers, contracts, and inspections. Yacht brokers are familiar with these processes and can ensure that all documentation is handled correctly.
  • Due Diligence: 
  • Yacht brokers can conduct thorough due diligence on potential buyers, including verifying their financial stability and ensuring they are not involved in any legal or financial issues that could impact the sale.
  • Expert Advice:
  •  Yacht brokers can provide expert advice on how to prepare your boat for sale, including recommendations for repairs, maintenance, and staging to make the boat more attractive to buyers.


Royal Yachting Association (RYA)

have recommended only using a Brokerage that is a member of a representative organisation.