Yacht Broker

Buy and sell boats

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  • Varied work conditions
  • Buy and sell superyachts
  • Travel across the UK and overseas to Boat Shows

The main responsibility of a yacht broker is to sell boats.  You are finding customers to buy, and you are finding boats to sell.  You must be very good at networking and seeking opportunities for new listings and people that are looking to sell their boats.  A yacht broker will help people that own boats to sell them, and people that are looking for boats to buy them.

There are no formal qualifications to work as a yacht broker.  A key skill for this role is to be a good people person; as a yacht broker you will be working with people that have very high expectations, and that needs to be managed.

Working hours vary; in the Winter it is relatively quiet, but in the summer working hours are more intense, and have particular peaks, mainly around boat shows.  In September there is the Cannes boat show, the Palma Boat Show and the Southampton Boat Show, and a good yacht broker will be going to all of these.

The working conditions are varied; there is time spent in the office competing administrative based tasks, and lots of time on the phone buying and selling boats.  On other days, a yacht broker will spend time on the water with customers, completing sea trials of beautiful superyachts, which will involve travel around the UK.  There is also overseas travel in this role to attend boat shows.

For more information about roles in sales, visit:

National Careers Service: Sales Executive: Sales representative | Explore careers | National Careers Service

Prospects: Sales Executive: Sales executive job profile | Prospects.ac.uk

UCAS: Sales Executive: How To Become A Sales manager | Explore Jobs | UCAS

Information about the employer

Originating from W Bates & Son, Bates Wharf Marine Sales has a wealth of history.  W Bates & Son are one of the longest standing boatyards & marinas on the River Thames today, established years ago as “Taylor and Bates” building their first boats in the late 1800s.

W Bates & Son was formed in 1934.  During the war with over 150 employees, air sea rescue vessels, sea plane tenders and the like were built for the MOD. Just after the war, the arrival of the famous and now classic Star Craft Boats went into production. W Bates & Son were the founding boat building company at the conception of the now London Boat Show, exhibiting a 25’, 33’ & 40’ Star Craft in the “Marine Section” of the 1948 Motor Show in Olympia.

Established by Richard Bates and David de Vere, Bates Wharf Marine Sales was begun in 1992.  In 2007, £1.7 million was invested into the largest boat showroom and chandlery on the river Thames. This complements our existing marina and workshop facilities. No longer do you have to endure the rain & cold in order to see the boat of your dreams. Adjacent to our main showroom we have a dedicated-on land sales area and on water pontoon for our larger sports boats and cruisers.

In 2015, Bates Wharf Southampton was opened as Fairline Southampton, representing Fairline Yachts exclusively across the South Coast as well as our other major brands.  We are a member of the British Marine and proudly operate under their code of conduct.  We are proud to be working with some of the leading names in the boating industry. All our offices are open seven days a week offering “the complete service” whether you are buying, selling, or servicing your boat.

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Yacht Broker

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