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Largest Association of Sales and Private Yacht Charter Brokers Rebrands as International Yacht Brokers Association

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A big surprise awaited 1-800 Yacht Charters at the 2016 Fort Lauderdale Boat Show.  We inspect several private yacht charter vessels for our clients planning vacations in the Caribbean each winter.  Our professional organization, the Florida Yacht Brokers Association (FYBA) emailed membership regarding “big news” announcement at the show.



It certainly IS big news:  Florida Yacht Brokers Association (FYBA) rebrands as the International Yacht Brokers Association (IYBA)


On Friday, November 4th, Cindy Sailor, our FYBA Executive Director, held a news conference at the FYBA display booth to announce the change.

“When we mapped out the FYBA membership, it reinforced what we already knew, that FYBA is truly an international organization with members operating in popular yachting areas not just in Florida but around the globe,” said Sailor. “Our new name, ‘International Yacht Brokers Association,’ better reflects who we are — the largest and most prestigious group of professional yacht and charter brokers in the world.”



When asked to comment, our own company head honcho, Jana Sheeder, President of 1-800 Yacht Charters, expressed her support of the change.

“The 1300-plus members of our association are dedicated to raising the standard of professionalism in our industry. While many of us have home offices here in South Florida, the yachting capital of the world, many of our member’s sales and yacht charter private vacations take place in other parts of the world.  This rebranding better portrays the diversity of our global reach and the impact our members have on the overall yachting industry.”



It is an organization from nearly 30 years ago.  Members represent more than 400 businesses.  First, businesses are responsible for 20 percent of all international yacht sales.  Second, they equate to 50 percent of all U.S. domestic yacht sales.  Third, a staggering 80 percent of all yacht sales transactions held in the state of Florida.


The world’s leading charter brokerages, such as Fraser Yachts, Camper and Nicholsons, Northrop and Johnson, and boutique independent agencies like our own 1-800 Yacht Charters are all IYBA members.



The influence of IYBA extends beyond yacht sales and luxury yacht charter services. The IYBA Public Affairs Committee lobbies the U.S. and Florida legislation for the benefit of the yachting industry as a whole.  This regards multiple issues. For instance, boating safety and regulations, financial affairs, and environmental matters.

Sailor believes our members and our Association have earned the recognition of our peers around the globe.

As we go into the 2016 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, an event that also started out as Florida-specific and grew into the world’s largest in-water boat show, our new brand positioning will help IYBA members to command the respect from our domestic and international colleagues that they deserve” said Sailor.


Here, here, Cindy – we couldn’t agree more!!!  (The similarity of IYBA’s new corporate logo to our long-established 1-800 Yacht Charters logo shows the kindred spirit of the yacht charter and brokerage industries!)  Nice to know that we are consistently monitored and duplicated.  Very flattering.  Just shows that 1-800 Yacht Charters, the originator of The Superyacht Experience™,  is THE industry leader!  

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About Jana Sheeder

Jana Sheeder, President of 1-800 Yacht Charters. Providing The Superyacht Experience(R) since 1976. Private luxury yacht charter vacations in the Mediterranean, Caribbean, Bahamas, South Pacific, South Florida, Miami and The Keys, Italian Rivera, Belize. Megayacht charter company focused on generosity, Pay it Forward, Random Acts of Kindness, Giftivism, giving back to the ocean, to the needy, and the environment with every superyachting charter. Providing eco-friendly alternatives while on yacht charters and known for 6-star customer service, experience, and generosity. One of the original yacht charter companies.

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