About ABYA

ABYA members are professional yacht brokers and will assist the parties to pass on good legal title including the necessary legal, financial and tax documentation. Some brokers charge an initial listing fee and the brokerage fee is paid on completion of the sale. They will visit your boat so they can talk knowledgeably to potential buyers and ensure you receive first class marketing advice, checking the legal paperwork so the boat is offered with correct title, RCD and VAT status evidence. By managing the sale both Vendor and Purchaser will be assisted by the broker to achieve a satisfactory outcome, with the new owner having clear legal title. ABYA members have access to the current ABYA contracts, available only to members. ABYA members charge a fee for services which includes visiting, photographing and listing your boat, advertising on their website and various portals and magazines, liaising with potential buyers and showing the boat, providing access for the surveyor and liaison between the parties and the surveyor on any defects found to achieve an outcome acceptable to all parties. On completion they provide a Bill of Sale to pass clear legal ownership.

ABYA has almost 200 members in the UK and abroad and they variously specialise in new and second-hand boats from day boats to large yachts. Many have attended the ABYA Professional Yacht Brokerage intensive 2 day course and members keep their knowledge up to date by undertaking Continuous Professional Development (CPD).

ABYA's Code of Practice

The Association of Brokers and Yacht Agents (ABYA) exists to promote the highest standards of professionalism and expert knowledge in the field of yacht sales, and expects high standards of its members.

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So if you are thinking of buying or selling a boat, get professional advice from an ABYA member:

  • Client Account - For the security of both buyer and seller, ABYA members set up a special secure account with their bank that holds client monies on behalf of the parties which does not form part of the broker's own accounts
  • ABYA provides standard documents for the sale/purchase and listing of boats
  • ABYA members hold Professional Indemnity and Public Liability Insurance
  • ABYA members work to the ABYA Code of Practice Download the ABYA Code of Practice
  • ABYA members can advise on British Registration