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Boatyard & Crane Hire Business

Long established boatyard & crane hire. The only boatyard with commercial slipway on North Cornwall coast. Very well equipped. Turnover £362,478. Net Profit £120,124. Business growing extremely well but still genuine scope for business expansion...

Location: England, Cornwall

For sale under: Boat Yards, Boat Building Businesses, Marine Services Businesses, Plant Hire Businesses, Crane Hire Businesses

  • L/H Price
  • £400,000
Marina based Boat and Yacht Maintenance

This business for sale is based in a very busy marina on the south coast and provides multiple services for yacht and boat owners in and out of the marina. Scope of works though not exhaustive: Rigging, Mastwork, GRP Repairs,...

For sale under: Boat Yards, Boat Building Businesses, Marinas and Boatyards, Mechanical Services

  • Price on Application
  • Annual T/O
  • £150,000
Boat Hire, Moorings, Canalside Cafe,

Aspire is pleased to offer for sale this boat sales, moorings and hire business with cafe, ideally situated on the banks of the Lancaster canal in Catforth, Preston. The premises are set within a highly desirable rural trading location, adjacent to a...

Location: England, Lancashire, Preston

For sale under: Cafes, Ice Cream Parlours, Boat Yards, Marinas and Boatyards, Boat Hire / Charter Businesses

  • L/H Price
  • £30,000
Freehold Land and Motor Boat Hire

Central Business Sales is delighted to offer to the market a once in a lifetime opportunity to purchase a thriving lifestyle business with a large freehold plot that has had planning approved for a 2 storey 3 bedroom house and an office unit including...

Location: Scotland, Argyll and Bute

For sale under: Boat Yards, Development Sites, Marinas and Boatyards, Land (Commercial), Boat Hire / Charter Businesses

  • F/H Price
  • £215,000
Historical River Boat Company Inc.

Turner Butler are delighted to offer the market a truly unique and historical river boat business that represents both a lifestyle opportunity and profitable business all in one. The business provides both public and private river boat experiences...

Location: England, Worcestershire

For sale under: Boat Yards, Leisure businesses, Boat Hire / Charter Businesses

  • F/H Price
  • £125,000
  • Price Reduced
  • Annual T/O
  • £50,000

Rare opportunity to acquire long established family-run Ltd Co operating on 5-day week from large waterside rent-free site with slipway to moorings & extremely well fitted workshop & ancillary facilities with widespread reputation & regular...

Location: England, Devon, Exmouth

For sale under: Boat Yards, Marinas and Boatyards

  • L/H Price
  • £350,000
  • Annual T/O
  • £72,418

Thriving Ltd Co with enviable reputation & long established client base offered for relocation with lots of further potential or rare acquisition for expanding allied operator sensibly priced for genuine sale after many years with fully equipped...

Location: Scotland, Argyll and Bute, Dunoon

For sale under: Boat Yards, Other Service Businesses, Marine Services Businesses, Marinas and Boatyards, Home Based (Other)

  • Asking price
  • £205,000
  • Price Reduced
  • Annual T/O
  • £86,850

An excellent commercial location - Very long established & highly regarded Bosch approved diesel injection systems & components specialist - maintenance & repairs of diesel injection systems for all manner of private and commercial vehicles, marine...

Location: England, Buckinghamshire, Aylesbury

For sale under: Boat Yards, Other Service Businesses, Garages, Motor & Transport businesses, Mechanical Services

  • L/H Price
  • £215,000
  • Annual T/O
  • £289,134
Marine Fastenings & Fixings Wholesaler

Retirement sale of well established concern - The business provides its services for a long standing and still expanding repeat and referral trade client base of chandlers, boatyards, marinas and hardware stores throughout the UK and would naturally...

Location: England, Buckinghamshire, Aylesbury

For sale under: Wholesalers, Boat Yards, Wholesale / Distribution businesses, Motor & Transport businesses

  • L/H Price
  • £69,995
  • Price Reduced
  • Annual T/O
  • £35,000
Boat Yard & Marina

Long established boat/trailer storage/repairs & sales specialist -A prime waterfront trading position - run from secure circa 1.1 site with circa 990mtrs of river frontage & lots of further potential or ideal investment prop with...

Location: England, Devon, Plymouth

For sale under: Boat Yards, Marine Services Businesses, Marinas and Boatyards, Workshops

  • F/H Price
  • £2,950,000
  • Annual T/O
  • £300,000
Boat Hire & Charter Company - Skipton

Boat Hire & Charter Company Skipton, North Yorkshire Turnover: £200,000 per annum Lock Up Premises Established since 1970 Retirement Sale Leasehold: £595,000 + SAV Ref: P5565

Location: England, North Yorkshire, Skipton

For sale under: Boat Yards, Boat Hire / Charter Businesses

  • L/H Price
  • £595,000
  • Annual T/O
  • £200,000

Buying a UK Boat Yard: The Basics

Buying a boatyard can be a dream come true for any aspiring entrepreneur with a love of all things nautical. Before you purchase a boatyard, you need to think carefully about your own skill level, the kind of services you hope to offer from the boat yard premises, and the appetite for that service in the local area.

When you buy a boat yard business as a going concern, you buy a business that is fully operational and is already taking money. This can be beneficial in many ways, but if you want to take the business in a certain direction, you need to ensure that the boat yard is appropriate for the usage you have planned, and that you will have a suitable local customer base. For instance, you might be more interested in the pleasure craft side of the business, but if your business is located close to a centre of maritime industry, then commercial vessels will make up the majority of your earnings, and unless it’s a particularly scenic area or an established leisure area, there’s slim opportunity to build a business that derives the majority of its earnings from pleasure boats. Equally, if your interest lies in heavy-duty commercial boats, you might be able to buy and adapt a leisure-focused boat yard, but you need to ensure that the slipway, workshops and craning equipment are fit for purpose. 

When running a marine business, you need to ensure that all of the equipment is carefully maintained and compliant with HSE regulations and that your insurance is comprehensive and protects you against injury of guests or staff, as well as damage to any boats while on-site. Talk to the business seller about what’s required, and consult your local council if in any doubt.