About us

Family Business

We are a family-owned business with over 50 years' experience in boat sales and repairs. From the outset, we have been committed to the highest standards of customer service for the boating community. Quality, professionalism and value has made Boats.co.uk the UK's number one boat sales centre, and a firm favourite with loyal customers throughout the country and the world. Boats.co.uk has sold boats as far afield as the Philippines and Australia. Half of all the boats we sell from our sites in Essex and Poole now go overseas. The company has grown steadily since its formation by David Barke Senior in 1969. James and Nick joined the business in 1991 and 1992. Guy Barke joined them a few years later. Together they took the company from a yard that sold just small 14ft sports boats to a fully-equipped sales and service centre offering a choice of boats from £3,000 to £3m, from 14ft speed boats up to 85 ft motor yachts. David Barke Junior completed the family team when he joined in 2004. Our purchase of Essex marina in December 2005 was required to improve our handling of the bigger boats that we have to deal with on a daily basis. Our travel hoist can lift 80 tonnes and up to 100ft in length with a 24ft maximum beam. The marina has no limit on boat length, our hammerhead in theory can berth a 600m boat! In Dec 2014 the company acquired boats.co.uk and has traded as that name since then.

Everything for buyers and sellers

Boats.co.uk sells on average 600 boats a year ranging from 14ft speed boats to 85ft motor yachts. Our reputation as a good honest family business in renowned in the trade and by our customers throughout the world. Whether you have a boat to sell or are in the market to purchase a boat for the first time we are here to help. We understand different people have different expectations and requirements and always do our best to manage those. At Boats.co.uk we also pride ourselves on being experts on part exchange deals, we are often consulted on second hand boat values by professionals and the trade. Directions for visiting the yard

Friendly professional advice

We pride ourselves on providing our customers with a friendly and efficient service in all aspects of boating. You will be dealing with our professionals in sales, finance and service who really understand boats and the boating community. Together, they can help you with any query and ensure you get the boat, the deal and the service that's best for you. We are Europe's favourite... come and see why!

Top names, massive choice

Over the past few years, some of the worlds leading manufacturers have given Boats.co.uk their vote of confidence by appointing us as their authorised dealer.


Boats.co.uk became Princess dealers in April 2015. Under the name Princess East Coast, we provide our award winning sales, part exchange and aftercare support for clients in Poole and the English East coast. We have also opened a office in Dénai, Spain as well as our Princess Motor Yacht Sales office in Cala d’Or in partnership with Princess Motor Yacht Sales.


Boats.co.uk have been sole dealers for Williams Performance Tenders since January 2016. Williams is the world’s leading manufacturer of Jet tenders with an extensive range covering both petrol and diesel. Williams Sales & Service UK is headed up by Darren Pilbeam. Founded by brothers Mathew and John Hornsby in 2004, Williams has established itself as the world’s leading jet tender specialist, renowned for its range of Turbojet and Dieseljet models.


Our latest brand, Boats.co.uk have been a dealer for Parker since November 2017. Parker Boats range of of sport, leisure and fishing boats are praised for their innovative shape, outstanding sea keeping abilities and most of all superb quality and sturdiness.


Boats.co.uk are dealers for Axopar in the Costa Blanca region of Spain since June 2016. Jozef Gres of Boats.co.uk Denia leads up the brand, “It is great to be able to offer another high quality, great value boat. The award winning Axopar range provides innovative GRP walk-around powerboats of individual design, in various configurations from open boat and T Top to cabin layout. These boats are designed as superb driving machines, easy to handle and with low fuel consumption achieved through a twin stepped hull and low weight.’


Boats.co.uk have been a UK agent for Jeanneau Sailboats since August 2011. "We looked long and hard to find the ideal brand of Yacht to compliment our already high success rate in the motorboat field and Jeanneau stood head and shoulders above the rest and has been an outstanding brand for us". We previously had not had the option to offer our clients the alternative solution of converting them into sailboat owners, but we are now in a great position with fantastic expertise for those wishing to part exchange into either sail or power from each retrospective markets creating a solution to satisfy all our customer needs under one roof. Jeanneau sailboats have a very distinctive branding with their new hard chine design to the hull and very light interiors boasting the very latest in electronics including the very innovative 360 Docking option which really is very clever. With a steady flow of stock boats arriving throughout the year into EBY, it is now a one stop shop for all your boating needs.


Boats.co.uk started selling Seabob's after we brought on for our own use and loved it so much. We consider having a Seabob as essential equipment for any Med based boat.


Boats.co.uk have been the sole importers for Arvor since 1999, in this time we have sold over 600 new Arvor fishing boats! The Arvor fishing boats are one of the most popular brands in the market today, offering inboard diesel engines on traditional shaft drive, good size wheelhouse but most importantly, lots of fishing space. All of the models offer the complete package including up to date colour electronics making these boats ready to put straight into the water.