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  May 21, 2014

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Registration Opens May 15 
 CPYB Recertification Credit Opportunities 

Continuing education and professional development is essential for Yacht Sales Professionals to perform their job at the highest possible level. Certified Professional Yacht Brokers (CPYB) are required to earn a minimum of 30 credit hours of continuing education / professional development every 3 years.

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YBAA University is Back, and Better!

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Get ready for great networking, valuable education and stimulating conversation - YBAA's 2014 University events are coming this summer.


The popular one-day luncheon events offer the latest technical, legal, ethical and transactional expertise from leading authorities, all designed to strengthen your role as a yacht sales professional.



Sail America Offers Industry Conference Registration Discounts to YBAA and CPYB Members

Sail America, the trade association for the U.S. sailing industry, announced a partnership with the Yacht Brokers Association of America (YBAA) and the Certified Professional Yacht Brokers (CPYB) to offer discount pricing for YBAA and CPYB members at Sail America's annual Industry Conference, June 9-11, 2014, at the Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina in Charleston, SC.


"The goal of our Industry conference is to bring together important members of our industry to discuss current topics and future ideas, in an effort to grow the sailing industry," Peter Durant, association manager for Sail America, said. "The addition of YBAA and CPYB members helps to round out this dialogue and helps us attain this goal."


Read the full article here.  


U.S. Brokerage Sales Lower in March

By John Burnham, YachtWorld editorial director  

The cold winter of 2014 continued to affect U.S. brokerage sales in March, as 2,439 boats were sold, an 8 percent decline in sales volume from March 2013. According to YachtWorld member brokers, reporting in their proprietary database, SoldBoats.com, most of the decrease was attributable to 150 fewer sales of boats shorter than 26 feet, with 841 boats of that size changing hands.


The total price paid for the boats sold in March was down 44 percent compared to the same month in 2013. Total sales were valued at $268 million, compared to $482 million the year before. Of that $214 million difference, nearly all was due to the sale of less expensive superyachts; 17 boats over 80 feet sold for $261 million in March 2013, while 15 boats of that size sold for $52 million in March 2014.


NEW! Infographic shows American Boating Congress by the Numbers


The American Boating Congress (ABC) has unveiled a NEW visual tool to show why the legislative conference is so important to the recreational boating industry.

If you're not already planning to attend ABC, learn more about why you should by reading through the information below! To learn more about how to register,
click here or contact Courtney Erhardt at cerhardt@nmma.org.

Download the
full infographic here! 


Former YBAA Director, Stephen D. Ramsey


Stephen Ramsey, YBAA's Executive Officer from 1977 to 1987 under its former name, the Yacht Architects and Brokers Association, passed away Sunday March 30, 2014 at the Hope Hospice in Sandwich. MA. Mr. Ramsey suffered for a number of years with dementia, complicated recently by pneumonia.


Born in 1936 to Robert L. and Genevieve S. Ramsay, Steve grew up in Wellesley and Concord, Massachusetts. Sailing was the basis for his career as well as an avocation. He was Northeast Manager for Columbia Yachts (1964-66), then the Vice President and Treasurer with custom sailboat builders Allied Boat Company (1966-72). He also held administrative positions in real estate, advertising and printing companies.


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