ABYA members can be brokers, dealers or agents, the essential difference being that a broker acts as an intermediary in a sale between a buyer and a seller, whereas the dealer or agent is usually the owner of the boat for sale, or a representative.
There are three grades of ABYA membership – Full, Accredited and Probationary. Members may be awarded Fellow or Honorary Membership for services to the association. Probationary is available free of charge for one year to those who have successfully completed the ABYA Practical Yacht Brokerage course, are practising brokers/boat sales personnel and have PI insurance. Probationers may not advertise their membership.
Some brokers and boat sales personnel now have the new ABYA/BRBA industry Boat Sales Qualification. This includes knowledge of boat sales procedures, and attendance on the ABYA course and the BMF Law relating to Brokerage course, plus an appropriate boat handling qualification.
To find a broker or dealer, use the members' directory - either choose a particular geographical area, or search for a specific member by name. Alternatively, find a boat for sale on the database of boats for sale by ABYA members through TheYachtMarket. Brokers will help you identify the best sorts of boat for you and your needs. Or contact the ABYA staff team at any time, who will do their best to help you!