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Rib Business with RYA Approved Sea

6.8 Meter RibCraft Rib Mariner 200hp. Fully coded for 12 persons, recoded 2014 for 5 years Full Ply to hire licence, commercial mooring with pontoon in Lyme Regis Harbour. Dive bottle rack, Road Trailer, All relevant safety equipment included,...

Location: England, Dorset, Lyme Regis

For sale under: Other Entertainment & Leisure businesses, Boat Yards, Marine Services Businesses, Marinas and Boatyards, Boat Hire / Charter Businesses

  • F/H Price
  • £115,000
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
Boatyard & Crane Hire Business

Long established boatyard and crane hire. The only boatyard with commercial slipway on the north Cornwall coast. Very well equipped. Turnover £245,000. Net Profit £62,000. Genuine scope for business expansion (including re-introduction of boat...

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

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
Buckinghamshire Based Corrosion

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: Boat Yards, Wholesale / Distribution businesses, Motor & Transport businesses

  • L/H Price
  • £79,995
  • 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
Maritime Training Services based Brixham

Rare opportunity to acquire well established RYA & MCA approved operator with Seafish recognition pending run from fully fitted & equipped serviced office & training room facilities in ideal coastal setting with lots of further potential & early...

Location: England, Devon, Brixham

For sale under: Boat Yards, Training Centres, Outdoor Adventure Businesses, Training & Education Providers

  • L/H Price
  • £124,950
  • Annual T/O
  • £57,144
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
Holiday Boat Hire Business - Oswestry

Holiday Boat Hire Business Oswestry, Shropshire - A stunning canalside trading position - Extensive workshop and retail facilities in large grounds - Substantial inventory of hire craft and equipment included - Repairs & Services Boats - Long...

Location: England, Shropshire, Oswestry

For sale under: Recreation centres, Boat Yards, Leisure businesses, Outdoor Adventure Businesses, Tourism Services

  • F/H Price
  • £800,000
  • Price Reduced
  • Annual T/O
  • £500,000

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.