we view brokers as our clients

OUR MISSION: To help all of our Brokers succeed

United Yacht Sales (UYS) was founded in 2002 by Peter Schmidt, a 40+ year marine industry veteran. Peter had a different vision than most brokerage firms at the time, one that relies on integrity, customer service, and doing the right thing for UYS clients even when it's considered difficult. How brokers are treated and supported is a key factor in the development of the company.

UYS brokers are independent contractors running their own businesses within the larger framework of the firm's national footprint. This affords UYS Brokers the resources to offer unsurpassed services to their clients with exposure in local, national, and international markets.

Keep reading to find out how UYS can help you grow your business and keep more of your money!

what we offer

Industry Leading Commission Plan

Independence To Succeed At Your Own Pace

Broker Liaison Support

Listing Entry Support Team

Marketing Support Team

Strong Marketing Budget & Plan

100% of our Marketing Budget goes towards OUR Listings!

Affordable Broker Websites With Up To 8,000+ Yachts

Yacht Closing Services Team

Documentation Services

IT Support Services



For Your Convenience



Here To Serve You


Avg Monthly

Website Visitors


E-Mail Database

To Market Your Listing


Monthly Reach

On Social Media


MLS Systems

Feature Our Listings


Websites That

Feature Your Listing

what our brokers say

uys management team

The UYS Management Team has decades of experience in Yacht Sales!

Have questions about a difficult boat deal? Maybe you need some help with an offshore closing? The UYS Management team is the ultimate yachting industry resource for you as a broker. No matter what the situation, we have seen it before. Peter's philosophy of treating UYS brokers as our customers is evident in the attitude and performance of every member of the management and support teams.

Together, the UYS Management Team has guided the company to unprecedented growth and sales, all while ensuring that our brokers always get the most commission possible.

Peter Schmidt

Founder - President

Jeff Palmer

Owner - President &

Broker Recruitment

Rachel Gates


listing entry support

The UYS Listings Team will enter your listings in to BoatWizard & IYBA so you have time to do what you do best, SELL!

Our listing department is staffed with three full-time team members that will create the perfect brochure to showcase your boat or yacht for sale. Stop wasting your time entering information and uploading photos into the MLS. Send all your info to the UYS Listing Team and they will load your listing into Boatwizard and IYBA. You have total control over when and how your listing gets put on the internet.

It's the team's commitment to our brokers that as long as all information is turned in and accurate, the listing is "pushed live" within 48 hours.

Kim Silva

Listings Manager

Heather Jackson

Administrative Assistant

Susan Starr

Listing Agent

personal marketing support

At UYS, you deal one-on-one with our Marketing Team.

There is no shortage of competition in the yachting industry and the UYS marketing team ensures that your listing gets maximum exposure. Both Audrey Bird and Rob Bowman are marketing industry veterans that know exactly what it takes to help you win listings and sell them quickly. Elliot Brownstein was recently hired to social media content creation, videography, and photography.

From the latest in search engine optimization, to social media exposure, to print marketing, to boat shows, to email marketing, and more. The UYS Marketing Team is among the best.

Audrey Bird

Sales and Marketing Development

Elliot Brownstein

Social Media Coordinator

Robert Bowman

Director Of Marketing

yacht closing department

UYS employs four full-time closing agents who have closed more than 4,000 transactions!

These closing agents are fully-versed in all aspects of complicated deals including trades, off-shore closings, new builds, donations, and complex corporate ownership. Give yourself the peace of mind that your deals will be handled in the most professional manner so you are free to focus on creating new business.

UYS uses YachtCloser for all forms such as Purchase & Sales Agreement and Letter of Acceptance. Virtually all closings are done through email, fax, and FedEx, however should a face-to-face closing be desired, we can accommodate that request as well.

Kathy Hochenberger

Head Closing Agent

Kim Michaelson

Closing Agent

Melissa Balderson

Administrative Assistant

Lisa Correia

Closing Agent

personal broker websites

At ONLY $300 a month, brokers can choose to purchase a custom UYS built website that features your listings, your bio, your video about you, and thousands of available co-brokerage boats from a search page that can let users filter down to manufacturers, length, year, price, state, and even keywords like Garmin or Thrusters. Your website even comes optimized for search engines! Best of all, you can direct all social media and email marketing to your own website ensuring you receive the leads!

our web presence

UnitedYacht.com is one of the largest websites in the industry in terms of size and volume of traffic.

65% increase in traffic to unitedyacht.com in 2020 over 2019. 159% increase in organic traffic in 2020.

Weekly Search Engine Optimization (SEO) efforts and content creation.

Averaging 70k - 100k visitors monthly.

Content creation about the boats you sell that you can promote to clients.

UYS ranks for many key phrases on Google and other search engines.

All listings are automatically "Enhanced" with Yachtworld & BoatTrader, which means they appear larger and earn more visitors.

We also reserve several hundred thousand Yachtworld impressions each month to market our best brokerage listings.

expansive marketing

UYS uses our vast social media following, media partners, google adwords and pay per click campaigns, as well as our growing email database to market your listings.

Major industry magazines like Yachting, Power & Motoryacht, InTheBite, and others, continue to be a large part of our marketing strategy as well.

Cutomized Listing Presentations

Never go to a client meeting empty handed again. Give them a presentation that outlines UYS commitment to sell their boat or yacht. Our customized listing presentations showcase the yacht you're going to see and educates your client on our marketing tactics. Click Here to see a PDF Example.

The key is consistency! We continue to market your yacht until it’s sold!

learn more

If you want to know more or are ready to be a UYS Broker, call Jeff at 954-790-0082 or fill out the form to have Jeff contact you!

Jeff Palmer

Jeff Palmer