There is a wealth of equipment available for all types of boats and you'll find British Marine businesses at the forefront of manufacturing, selling and servicing the gear that will keep you safe and add to your boating enjoyment.
There's an excellent array of safety gear now – everything from liferafts and distress flares through to a growing range of emergency beacons, some of them small enough to wear on your wrist like a watch.
Just as you have grown used to electronics around your home becoming easier to use and more knitted into your lifestyle, so you'll find that marine systems are increasingly intuitive and integrated.
Engines are also more efficient and cleaner and, just as we're seeing on cars, hybrid power and all-electric propulsion solutions are becoming more common. Sailing technology is also improving all the time – long gone is the need to send anyone up the mast; modern sailing boats can often be easily handled from the cockpit without requiring extraordinary physical feats to make life much more family-friendly. Although, if you do want something that is more of a challenge and capable of burning calories, there are options for that too as you'll have seen with the coverage of the events like the America's Cup and Olympics.
So where to start if you want to learn more about any area of marine equipment or engines? We recommend you seek out a British Marine member, for their expertise and a guarantee that they comply with our Code of Practice. You can expect good advice and friendly service, whatever your requirement or question.
Why Choose a British Marine Member?
British 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.
Find a British Marine Member
With 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
Find 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 – onthewater.co.uk. 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
British 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.