Harbour Yachts
Motorboat & Yacht Brokers | Poole | Dorset

Why use Harbour Yachts?

At Harbour Yachts we are committed to doing things properly, right from the start. We've made sure that everything is in place to ensure boat purchases proceed smoothly and we are passionate about honesty at all times. This applies to how we present boats for sale (both in the written descriptions and the videos and photos), how we act from day to day, and how we pass information to you as either a seller or a buyer.

Why buy through us?

We are members of the British Marine Federation, a professional organisation whose members specialise in the sale of second-hand boats of all sizes. We hold Professional Indemnity and Public Liability insurance and we work to the British Marine Federation Code of Practice. We have a special account with our bank to hold your money separately from our company funds. We use industry standard documents for the sale & purchase of boats, protecting all parties with a tried and tested legal agreement.

Once you've seen the boat of your dreams, we negotiate with the vendor on your behalf. When an agreement on price is reached, we hold a 10% deposit in our client account while the purchase proceeds. We help you through the due diligence process of evaluating the boat, recommending the extent of the survey and putting you in contact with a selection of qualified marine surveyors. We help with any further negotiations that may be appropriate following the surveyor's findings. We make sure that the title to the boat is clear (unlike with the motor trade, boats are generally not on a central register, so establishing clear title is not always straightforward). We guide you through the closing process and make sure everything flows together smoothly such that you take ownership of the boat without problems.

Why sell through us?

Let's be honest: it costs you money to sell your boat through a broker in the form of commission. Some sellers wonder whether they would clear a better price by selling privately and avoiding the broker's commission fee. But it doesn't work like that in practice: most boat buyers are wary of private sellers for a number of reasons. From the very start, viewing a boat with the owner present can be uncomfortable. Negotiating directly with the vendor is difficult. Once a figure is agreed, there's nobody independent to hold the deposit - how can the buyer be sure that the seller will return his deposit if the boat proves unsatisfactory at survey? As the sale proceeds, there's nobody with an objective viewpoint to ensure title to the boat is passed cleanly from seller to buyer. All these factors mean buyers prefer to buy through brokers, which means your boat reaches a bigger share of the market and is more likely to achieve a higher price. This can more than compensate for the broker's commission fee.

During the selling process, we can give you up-to-date information on what is happening in the marketplace. Often, we can recommend repairs or cosmetic work that will significantly enhance the salability of your boat. These are key factors in getting your boat sold at the best price, quickly and with minimum hassle.

What our clients and buyers have said...

"Simon,Thanks for selling my boat - you really made the experience smooth and easy - as well as helping out the new owner. Well worth the fee for the hassle free experience." - Scott McDonald, England

"Thank you for making our recent purchase of 'Pegasus' such a simple and stress free process. From the initial online guided video's, through to completion of purchase, there was never any point at which I felt other than full confidence. I would be more than happy to use your services in the future, and would not hesitate to recommend you to friends." - T & D Morrison, England

"Buying and selling my boat through your Harbour Yachts was a pleasurable experience. Your professionalism, in depth knowledge and friendly nature made both transactions smooth and trouble free. Without hesitation I would highly recommend your services and would without doubt use your brokerage again. Many thanks." - John Flintoft, England

"Hello Simon, Following the sale of my boat I wanted to say a big thank you for the excellent service and successful outcome achieved. From our very first meeting you were both professional and friendly. I am sure I would not have sold without you. Your advice was invaluable and you made the whole process run smoothly. My best wishes to you and your business." - Mark Allen, England

"I advertised my boat for sale privately and had very few enquiries. Fortunatly I have a friend who recommended the services of Simon Langford at Harbour Yachts Ltd. Simon was able to offer me advice on how best to present my boat for sale and within a matter of weeks found me a buyer. Simon also arranged all the necessary paperwork and completed the sale for me. I have no hesitation in recommending Harbour Yachts Ltd to other boat vendors." - Glynn Jackson, England

"We just wanted to drop you a quick e mail to thank you for the help and advice you gave us when we were purchasing the boat and the ease at which the transaction was completed. All in all we are very pleased. We hope that your business continues to grow and be a success, we would most certainly recommend you and wish you well for the future." - Simon Watts, Wales

"Dear Simon, Thank you for your professional skills, your hospitality and kindness. I am sure I will love this boat a lot. Thank you again and I will not fail to come back to you when I am searching for my next boat." - Serge Bouckaert, Switzerland

"Simon, my thanks for the speedy and professional way that the sale was handled. I will have no hesitation in recommending your office to any owner or buyer." - Guy Summers, England

"Simon - I just want to pass on my thanks for a thoroughly professional job. I enjoyed this purchase process far more than any other boat purchase I have made and that was almost wholly down to your efforts." - Tim Harrison, West Wales

"Dear Simon, Thank you for selling our boat. I haven't met you but my son tells me how helpful you were, especially in the wet & windy conditions last Saturday. I do hope the new owners enjoy her as much as we did." - Gwen Gilson, England

"Dear Simon, Thank you for the way you handled the sale of our boat over the weekend. Your brilliant communication, efficiency and professionalism was most appreciated. We wish you continuing success with your business." - John & Sheila Carter, England

"Dear Simon, We are all thrilled with our purchase and see the boat as a new addition to the family. We'd like to take this opportunity to say thank you for all your help and professionalism. It was a pleasure to do business with you. Once again... a massive thank you." - Debbie Inge, England

"Deciding to sell my Moody 33 was difficult enough, especially after the years of enjoyment that I had with her. Simon made the selling process easy and stress free. I was impressed by the marketing, photos and video approach, and also that Simon was so aware of the state of the market and how best to price my boat, and was helpful on other small matters that tend to crop up get the sale process to run smoothly. Despite the miserable weather delaying the start of the season, my boat was sold much quicker than I expected, and in line with the market price, which is exactly what I needed. I would be very comfortable to say that people can put their boat sale confidently in to the hands of Simon and Harbour Yachts." James Donaldson, England

"May I take this oppotunity to thank you for the fantastic level of service you have provided during the course of our purchase of the Fairline Corniche, "Dolphin". The communication and flexibility has been first rate. This together with the "Anything I can do to help" attitude built a relationship of trust, and ensured that the transaction passed with no hitches, despite me being located some considerable distance away. I have no hesitation in recommending your services to anyone wishing to sell or buy a boat. I will be keeping your contact details for when we next upgrade." - Tim Painting, England

"Simon. Thanks for all of your help and professionalism in the sale of our yacht. We congratulate you on a calm and well managed transaction! We will certainly be recommending your brokerage to our friends and wish you every success for the future." - Jon Handley, England

"Hi Simon, Many thanks for your efficient service. We were very pleased with the way you handled our boat sale which resulted in a very quick sale. We would be more than happy to recommend you to any other people looking to buy or sell their boat." - Joan Stevenson, England

"We would just like to say a big thank you to you for your help, guidance, knowledge and your professional approach in dealing with the sale of our boat. Because of this it made the process very easy for us and we will certainly recommend you to others in future." - Wendy Browne, England

"Simon, Many thanks for all your efforts in selling Twitcher for us. It is appreciated. We hope that your business goes from strength to strength as you deserve it with all the effort out of hours (and on holiday) that you put into it. All the very best for the future." - Steve Le Page, England