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 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.

James interviewed David to mark our 50th Anniversary where they discuss the company's history

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.


Fairline has always been a brand dear to our heart with us being dealers from 2003 to 2015 and again since 2021. Fairline's reputation for making class-leading, iconic hand-built motor yachts is world renowned. Fairline delivers a level of quality that is hard to find elsewhere, it is committed to always striving for the exceptional.


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 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 is proud to have been selected in 2020 by Kawasaki as the exclusive UK distributor of the extensive fleet of personal watercraft. Back in the UK for the first time since 2014, Kawasaki’s inexpensive, innovative and well- made Jet-Skis® are set to be in high demand.

Sea Ray

Sea Ray believe that richer moments on the water lead to a richer life - the perfect fit for our outlook here at boats.co.uk. We are delighted to have been appointed as a UK distributor for Sea Ray - we can offer you that unique blend of craftsmanship, cutting edge design and performance - throughout their entire range.