Consumer Protection and Licensing Programs
The Division of Boating and Waterways licenses and regulates yacht brokers and salespersons in California, reports broker violations to the public. We also provide you with the tools to inform you about buying a used boat, registering your boat, learning about how to boat safety and reporting a boating accident.
If you are not a licensed California Broker/Salesperson, you CAN NOT legally sell or advertise boats physically located in State of California.
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Frequently Asked Questions
An open listing is a written agreement between the owner of a vessel and a broker which authorizes the broker to negotiate the sale, trade, or exchange of the vessel, but reserves to the owner the right, without incurring a liability for the payment of a commission to said broker, to negotiate the sale, trade, or exchange of said vessel himself, or to enter into open listing agreements with other brokers respecting said vessel. Make sure you do not have any exclusive listing agreements at the time you sign an open listing agreement.