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Buying a Boat

Owning a boat provides the freedom to enjoy getting on the water whenever you like. It’s cheaper than you may think to buy a boat, with lots of options available from the smallest portable kayaks, canoes, windsurfers, sailing dinghies, inflatables and personal watercraft, to larger motorboats, sports boats, sailing yachts, narrow boats, river cruisers and barges. 

You can buy new, or opt for a boat that has already had previous owners. With such a wide variety of types, ages and sizes to select from, it's not an exaggeration to say there is a boat to suit most pockets. All the more reason then to choose a British Marine member to give you lots of great advice, steer you through the buying process and ensure that the transaction is handled correctly too.

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Find a British Marine Member

UK MapWith over 1600 British Marine members selling everything from marina berths to deck equipment, holidays and kayaks to superyachts, there is sure to be a business that adheres to our Code of Practice to assist you.

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Your Beginner's Guide to Boating

On The WaterFind businesses selling new and secondhand boats in your area, training centres, holiday boat hire and charter, boating events and more by searching for a member on our website geared to find all you need to get afloat – It’s a great British Marine initiative designed to help you get the most out of your boating and watersports experiences – you'll finds lots of top advice on there too, plus updates on all the latest boating events.

Our Boat Shows

Aerial view of the Southampton Boat Show 2016British Marine owns the London Boat Show which is held indoors at ExCeL every January and the Southampton Boat Show, in September. They both rate within the top 10 boat shows globally, so you can safely assume them to be don't-miss events for your calendar. 

Keep an eye on our show websites for further information, including full exhibitor lists and details of features and offers.

Why Choose a British Marine Member?

Proud member of British Marine logoBritish Marine is the membership organisation for the leisure marine, superyacht and small commercial vessel industry. 

When you buy from a British Marine member you do so with the knowledge that the firm you are dealing with is compelled to adhere to the British Marine Code of Practice as a condition of membership. 

In some sectors our members also have additional requirements placed upon them to conduct business in safe manner appropriate to their specialist field. For example, British Marine member boat sales businesses must operate client accounts when handling transactions.