Carol Kent, Owner and Sue Gearan, Broker (Newport, RI office) pictured here

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Carol Kent, owner and CEO of Carol Kent Yacht Charters in Marblehead, Massachusetts and Newport, Rhode Island, was awarded Charter Professional of the Year for her excellence in the charter yacht industry by the International Yacht Brokers Association (IYBA) this past Saturday during their annual meeting and dinner gala in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

This prestigious award is given to the yacht charter professional who most embodies the organization’s culture and ethos of integrity, and Ms. Kent stands out as a top broker in a field that has become one of the cornerstones of the global maritime and yachting industry.

Carol Kent is that increasingly rare yacht charter broker who maintains and pursues an intimate knowledge of all aspects of yacht charter travel, getting to know a destination so well that every itinerary is customized, every detail is handled, and clients get the best yacht and crew match for their unique vacation. Kent and her team cover the world from New England, the Caribbean, the Mediterranean, Scandinavia, Southeast Asia, the South Pacific, Central America to the Galapagos and the Alaskan glaciers.

“Chartering is the most fascinating, however, because it often represents the entry portal by which new clients are introduced to the pure delights of yachting,” said Bob Saxon, a 30-year licensed broker-manager and Vice President with IYBA, and a leading yachting industry spokesman, advocate and pioneer, “and it can represent the catalyst in making a yacht purchase decision.”

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“I’m honored to be singled out for this award among the many yacht brokers, management companies, and maritime-affiliated members who have built this organization,” Kent said.

“Choosing a yacht charter generally means choosing a broker,” Kent continued. “Clients require someone who has knowledge of the industry and of the destinations, activities, and experiences that they desire. There’s no app for this!”

Carol Kent was also just elected Vice President of the American Yacht Charter Association (AYCA) where she is also the Public Relations Chair. Carol Kent Yacht Charters was founded in 1986 and enjoys a reputation as a premier independent private yacht charter company with high repeat business from discerning clients.

About the International Yacht Brokers Association (IYBA)

The IYBA was created in 1987 to unite those engaged in the yacht brokerage business for the purpose of promoting professionalism and cooperation among its members, and to promote and maintain a high standard of conduct in the transacting of the yacht brokerage business.

Today, IYBA has grown into one of the world’s largest organizations of yacht brokers with more than 1450 members, including associations and affiliates of the marine industry.

About Carol Kent Yacht Charters

Carol Kent Yacht Charters is a consistently top-rated yacht charter broker, enjoying a high repeat business from discerning clients around the world. Carol and her team regularly travel the world to personally inspect vessels, crews and services and ensure the highest quality yacht charter experience for each client situation, ranging from couples and families to corporate and organization groups. Relaxing vacations, exhilarating expeditions, cultural immersion, memorable occasions, sporting events and business events are all part of their repertoire.

For more information, contact Carol at Carol Kent Yacht Charters, a division of Boston Marine Service, Inc., 144 Pleasant Street, Marblehead, MA at +1 781.631.1800, and

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