Boats have been our team’s business for many years so let us help you with yours.
It may be your first purchase, or you may be upgrading or downsizing, it could feel a little overwhelming so let us take the stress away with our experienced staff and help guide you through the buying process.
We can help with all aspects of the process, including:

From the first initial contact through to our extensive handover, we are here to help, start to finish.

There are a few key questions which will assist with your boat buying:


Once you have chosen the used boat you wish to purchase, the next steps are:


Once you have chosen the used boat you wish to purchase, the benefits are:

With all this carried out, all there is to do is to carry out a river test and arrange payment, this takes the timescales down so that one weekend you can view the boat, the next you can be out enjoying her afloat.


We sell everything from small motor launches through sportsboats and sportscruisers, to aft cabin motor yachts, flybridge yachts and trawlers, in GRP and steel. And we also handle many narrowboats, wide beams and barges. For examples see our sold boats page.


A brokerage boat is a used boat for sale by a company on behalf of a private vendor. Purchasing a boat could be the second largest financial decision you are ever likely to make so we feel it is very important for our customers to understand all aspects of the purchase to ensure you have a safe and happy experience.

What are the risks of buying a boat privately? How could Tingdene Boat Sales help you?
There is no organization like the DVLA for the marine industry and therefore paperwork can be very lapse. Private sales often lack bills of sales and title paperwork which can cause problems later on with your ownership, if you try to sell and if you try and move the boat overseas. Most of the boats we sell on brokerage we have sold from new or they have been known by us through the marina or servicing works for a long period of time. As such, we ensure the boats have : traceable title with continuous bills of sales, CE certification & proof of original VAT payment.
Are you able to gain an official contract with valid contact information? We use forms produced by the British Marine Federation our trade association
What is agreed in the sale? Do you know a reputable surveyor? Can you trial the boat? Using the contracts detailed above, all aspects of the sale are documented. We are able to advise survey options and arrange accompanied trials.
Is my money safe? Sending money can always be worrying. We have specific client accounts in place and advise all monies received in writing.
Have you checked the finance history of the boat? There is no governing body like the DVLA for the boating world. We will endeavor to ensure all the correct paperwork is in place.
What if I have no boating experience or qualifications, I take it out, I panic and damage the boat? We pride ourselves on the complete service from purchasing, to advising insurance options, official RYA qualifications, personal handovers of the entire boat and a comprehensive on site repair and servicing workshop. We can also offer further boat handling training where required.

For any questions you may have, please do not hesitate to contact us.