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Buying a pre-owned boat

Top tips for purchasing a used motorboat, narrowboat, wide beam barge or yacht

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:

  • Initial viewing bookings
  • Surveys
  • Boat finance
  • Boat insurance
  • RYA tuition
  • Marina options
  • River licence
  • Boat safety certificate (where required)
  • Boat delivery / transport
  • Full boat handover on all craft no matter what size or price
  • Further training

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 purchasing decisions:

  • Where do you plan to use your boat? River or sea? UK or abroad
  • Who will use the boat? Is it a day out for two or for all the family and friends?
  • What will the boat be used for? Just overnight or weekends away

Buying a used boat on brokerage

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

  • Agreement of sales price with the purchaser and vendor
  • Holding deposit subject to survey
  • Craning of boat where required
  • Engine survey
  • Hull survey
  • Discussion of survey findings / Check status of Boat Safety Certificate (river only)
  • Discussion of direction of purchase relative to the survey findings
  • Balance of purchase due
  • Any requested works quoted and settled on completion
  • Full boat handover provided by our experienced Tingdene Boat Sales Team

Buyinga used stock boat

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

  • View the Full Survey that we will already have had carried out by an independent Marine Surveyor
  • The boat will have been Fully serviced
  • The boat will have been Antifouled and fully polished to the exterior
  • The interior and cockpit will have been fully valeted inside and out
  • Warrantied- we offer a warranty on the engines and drives
  • All Used Stock boats are turnkey and ready to go
  • We will offer you a Part exchange on your current boat
  • This is a simple and worry free method of boat purchase and is a Tingdene speciality. If we do not currently have a suitable boat for you we will also go out specifically seeking a boat to suit your requirements

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.

What types of boat do you sell?

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.

Explaining the brokerage process

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.

Q & A

What are the risks of buying a boat privately?
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.

How could Tingdene Boat Sales help you?

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.

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