YBAA Universities Wrap Up

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The Providence and Annapolis YBAA Universities attracted almost 200 participants for a full day of learning valuable educational information as well as important networking opportunities. Thanks to Yacht World, our CPYB Sponsors, and our YBAA U Partners, we were able to offer these events at the very low YBAA member cost of $49 per person. Where else could you earn 10 CPYB recertification credits, learn important industry information, enjoy lunch and have a chance to win valuable raffle prizes all for such a great price?

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TrawlerFest - Bay Bridge

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We are pleased to announce that YBAA and CPYB have entered into an agreement with TrawlerFest to sponsor the TrawlerFest-Bay Bridge to be held on September 27, 2016 through October 1, 2016 at the Bay Bridge Marina, Stevensville, MD. Our sponsorship arrangement provides for a special YBAA/CPYB member benefit for those members who wish to exhibit in the Boat Show portion of TrawlerFest, September 29 thru October 1, 2016.

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Don Finkle

Those of you who are not yet Certified Professional Yacht Brokers (CPYB) may be like I was some years ago, skeptical of the value in return for the effort and expense, or maybe a bit intimidated by taking a three hour exam.  In my case, I felt that because I had been a successful broker for decades, I should not have to prove my ability by taking an exam.  However, I came to realize that I was becoming an outlier as more and more of my peers saw the value of achieving the CPYB designation.  It also became apparent that those who were certified were looked at more favorably by fellow brokers and more importantly by consumers purchasing boats. It was time to set aside my pride and begin to study for the exam. Despite my forty years of experience I found that there were many things in the study material that I did not know. I am now more confident as a broker thanks to the time devoted to study and learning new things.  In fact, I recently reviewed The Guide from front to back and found the refresher to be helpful.

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The CPYB Certification Advisory Council (CAC) and the CPYB Exam Review Committee thank Gulf Coast Yacht Brokers Association members and the other 27 members from YBAA, FYBA, NYBA, CYBA, BCYBA and BOD who volunteered to take the 199 question, 4 hour CPYB pilot exam. The CPYB Exam Review Committee consisted of the following volunteers: Chairman – Lon Bubeck, California Yacht Brokers Association; Alan Powell, Northwest Yacht Brokers Association: Paul Shield, British Columbia Yacht Brokers Association; Pat Sturgeon, Boating Ontario Dealer; Leslie Quarrier, YBAA; Brian Commette, YBAA; David Jackson, Gulf Coast Yacht Brokers Association; Chris Carrere, Florida Yacht Brokers Association and staff, Colleen McDonough and Vin Petrella.

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Discover Boating

Dating back to the start of the Grow Boating Initiative, improving the consumer experience before and after the sale has been a priority.  Both the NMMA’s Certified Boat and the MRAA’s Marine Industry Certified Dealership programs have been successful in raising the bar in their respective areas. The Certified Professional Yacht Broker (CPYB) program is another key initiative that will raise the level of service for the boating consumer. Given that many first time buyers enter the recreational boating industry through a pre-owned boat purchase it’s important that their first experience is a good one.  We are pleased to add content to the Discover Boating websites to increase the awareness of this important initiative.  Let’s work together to change the old saying to be, the best two days of a boater’s life….is Saturday and Sunday.  We look forward to your continued success.  

Joe Lewis 
Chairman, Grow Boating, Inc.  

Carl Blackwell
President, Grow Boating, Inc.

Beneteau Encourages Dealers’ Yacht Sales Professionals to Seek CPYB Certification

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Yacht Broker Education & Certification Forces Unite

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The Yacht Brokers Association of America (YBAA) and the Yacht Broker Institute LLC (YBI) have signed a cooperative agreement to mutually support the broker education and professional certification efforts as provided by each organization.

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CPYB sponsors

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Sponsored by YBAA & CPYB

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Upcoming Events

 August 2016 
  • 10 CPYB Recertification Credits

    Hyatt Regency Sarasota FL

    August 10, 2016

  • Alastair Walton, International Sales Director, Dominion Marine Media

    Webinar - No CPYB Credits Awarded

    August 23, 2016

  • 3 CPYB Recertification Credits

    Legal Issues with Social Media

    August 24, 2016

September 8, 2016

Q & A with the Division of Boating & Waterways

4 CPYB Recertification Credits

Encinal Yacht Club, Almeda, CA

October 11, 2016

Yacht Sales & The Law Seminar

10 CPYB Recertification Credits

Westin, Fort Lauderdale Beach

November 16, 2016

CPYB Only E-Seminar

3 CPYB Recertification Credits

Best Brokerage Practices & the CPYB Value Statement

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