Buying a Boat

Burton Waters prides itself on being able to offer the complete service. Whether you’re looking for a new or second-hand boat, you’re a first-time buyer or experienced boater, you can be assured that the service you’ll receive from our friendly and knowledgeable staff will be second-to-none.

Offering extensive marina facilities and full in-house workshops, boaters are able to buy and sell with confidence, knowing that all their boating needs are catered for.

Burton Waters Boat Sales are offered pre-owned boats on a weekly basis, either as part-exchanges or to buy in for stock, from both UK and European sources. We maintain an extensive database of potential customers looking to buy or sell, to ensure that we can exactly meet customer requirements. If there is a particular boat you’re looking for, why not let us know, so that when we’re offered a craft that fulfils your specified criteria we can contact you immediately.

What makes Burton Waters special?

  • We specialise for the 1st time boater
  • 25 years of knowledge and experience
  • Boats are prepared to the highest standard
  • Part exchanges are welcomed
  • Selection of boats to cover all budgets
  • Experienced service centre
  • We pride ourselves on customer service
  • Highly experienced boat administrator
  • Secure customer client account
  • Vast range of stock
  • Availability of thousands of boats through our contacts
  • We will find you a boat
  • Offering amazing deals
  • We can find what you are looking for
  • We accompany you throughout the whole process

We help arrange:

  • Survey
  • Transport
  • Finance
  • Moorings
  • Insurance
  • River licence
  • RYA training
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  • After care and warranty back up
  • Special offer starter pack from our chandlery

Buying a boat is possibly the second largest financial outlays you are ever likely to make, so it’s important that you understand the legal aspects of any purchase.  Checks to make before paying a deposit:

  1. Are you buying from a reputable dealer?
    Burton Waters works to BMF and ABYA guidelines with 25 years of Marine sales experience.
  2. Is the dealer / boat builder a member of the British Marine Federation (BMF) and the Association of Brokers and Yacht Agents (ABYA)?
    Yes, we Have been members of the British Marine Federation since 2005, our membership number 502. We have been ABYA members since 2010, membership number is COX004.
  3. Is your offer ‘subject to survey’ and a trial?
    We always recommend a Survey and a trial, to put your mind at rest.
  4. Is the dealer / boat builder using a BMF / ABYA approved contract?
    Yes, Burton Waters always utitlise BMF Contracts.
  5. Have you agreed a deposit (usually up to 10% of purchase price)?
    When you have made your mind up, we can take a holding deposit by credit/debit card, to reserve the boat for up to 48 hours.We then ask for 10% deposit to be paid as soon as possible, or within 48 hours, whichever is first.
  6. Has the dealer provided ownership documents?
    All our stock boats have Title documents, including proof of VAT paid, to allow customers to either finance or Part 1 register a vessel. All stock boats come with a CE Certificate, if the boat was built after 1998.
  7. Does the dealer guarantee clear title ownership and, if so, how?
    Yes we guarantee clear title, with our meticulous checks on original paperwork,MCA registration, marine mortgagesand stolen
  8. If a vessel is mortgaged, how will the debt be paid off prior to completion?
    On Brokerage boats, we pay the Marine Mortgage off and secure the title from the bank. When the vessel is paid for in full and both parties are happy, the mortgage is cleared, utilising the funds collected in the client account. The remainder of funds, less any costs, are refunded to the Vendor.
  9. Have you employed the services of a qualified marine surveyor to confirm that the boat and its engine / equipment are sound and seaworthy?
    We always recommend a survey is carried out on a boat. A surveyor will check over the boat thoroughly and report any defects.
  10. Have you seen and agreed all the equipment included in the sale?
    When the surveyor surveys the boat, he will check what’s on the boat against the specification the Vendor has supplied. With Brokerage boats in particular, we always recommend going over the boat with the specification yourself, in case the vendor has kept personal affects on the boat – usually personal belongings are not included in the sale.
  11. Will you arrange insurance prior to completion?
    We can assist you with this, please click here for advice.