Where to Buy A Boat

Buying a boat maybe one of the biggest expenses that a person may have, second only to buying a house. Therefore it is important that as much research takes place before you make the final decision on which boat to buy. Boat Shows are an excellent place to view a wide variety of boats and find out the appropriate information to help you make an informed decision.Some of the major boat shows are listed below.

The Major UK Boat Shows

Southampton Boat ShowSouthampton Boat Show - 16th - 25th September 2011

Address: Southampton Boat Show, Mayflower Park, Southampton SO15 1HJ

Visit the Southampton Boat Show website for further information, www.southamptonboatshow.com



London Boat Show 2009 Tullett Prebon London International Boat Show - 6-15th January 2012

The London International Boat Show returns to ExCeL from , celebrating 56 years of bringing the best of boating to the nation's capital. 

Address: ExCeL in London's Docklands

Admission prices have yet to be arranged although children 15 or under are free. Concession rates are available. For further details see our London Boat Show page.

The London Boat Show will be held from 6-15 January 2012 at ExCeL London.


National Boat, Caravan & Outdoor ShowNational Boat Caravan & Outdoor Show - 21st-26th February 2012 - NEC Birmingham

The National Boat Caravan & Outdoor Show takes place in Halls 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and the Pavilion Hall of the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham from Tuesday 21st February to Sunday 26th February 2012.

Tickets will be on sale in September.

For further information visit the website, www.boatandcaravan.co.uk.


The RYA Volvo Dinghy Show 2009RYA Dinghy Sailing Show- 5th - 6th March 2011

Great Hall, West Hall & Panorama Room Alexandra Palace, London.

The RYA Dinghy Sailing Show is on the Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th March at Alexandra Palace, London, in association with Yachts and Yachting. With over 100 boats on display as well as equipment, clothing, talks and workshops, it's the biggest show in the UK dedicated to dinghy sailing. More information can be found on www.dinghysailingshow.org.uk. Or visit the main RYA site at www.rya.org.uk.


South Wales Boat Show - 17th - 19th June 2011

Prince Of wales Docks, SA1 South Wales.

The Biggest Marine Event in Wales - www.southwalesboatshow.co.uk


North Wales Boat Show Friday 29th July - 31st July 2011 - Vaynol Estate (Bangor)

The event is being held at:

Vaynol Hall Vaynol Estate Bangor Gwynedd LL57 4BP

Just off the A55 Exit 9

Parking at Vaynol Estate is FREE


Boat Builders

If you are considering buying a new boat, boat builders or their agents are the place to start. If the boat is manufactured in the UK you are more likely to approach the builder, whereas if it is imported then you will need to find out who their agents are? This can be found out at a boat show. Some more information can be found within our Buying a Boat section.


Boat BrokerageBoat Brokerage

If you are unsure about whether to buy a used or a new boat it would probably be worth your while contacting a boat broker in the area in which you wish to sail. In order to do this it may be worth your while contacting a local sailing club to see if they could recommend one. Be wary of brokers who tell you of other people who are interested in the boat you are looking at, this is probably only a sales ploy. There is a directory of Boat Brokers on the Yachting and Boating World website www.ybw.com.



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