About Bates Wharf
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 in 1992 by Richard Bates and David de Vere, Bates Wharf Marine Sales is well known as one of the leading boat brokers, and specialists in Sports Boat & Cruisers. 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.
1995 saw the opening of our showroom in Sovereign Yacht Harbour (Eastbourne) which facilitates our expansion into the sailing market and larger power boats, Eastbourne offers full customer back up & support from our workshop and boatyard facilities all on site. August 2008, we expanded to a third showroom and yard in Poole. Based near the lifting bridge, we are in a central location to all marinas and have full facilities on site, including sales, valeting, repairs and servicing. As of 2015, Bates Wharf Southampton was opened as Fairline Southampton, representing Fairline Yachts exclusively across the South Coast.
We are a member of the British Marine Federation and proudly operate under their code of conduct.
All our offices are open seven days a week offering the complete service whether you are buying, selling or servicing your boat.
We look forward to hearing from you.