Boat Buying Guide – New

Boats have been our business for many years so let us help you with yours.

Bates Wharf are part of the British Marine Federation.

It may be your first purchase, or if you are looking to upgrade, it could feel a little overwhelming so let us take the stress away with our experienced staff and help guide you through the buying process.

We can help with all aspects of the process, including:

  • Initial viewing bookings
  • Surveys
  • Boat finance
  • Boat insurance
  • RYA tuition
  • Marina options
  • River license
  • Boat safety certificate (where required)
  • Boat delivery / transport
  • Full boat handover provided by our experienced Bates Wharf Team
  • Further training can be provided

From the first initial contact through to our extensive handover, we are here to help, start to finish.


There are a few key questions which will assist with your boat buying:

  • Where do you plan to use your boat? River or sea?
  • Who will use the boat? Is it a day out for two or for all the family and friends?
  • What will the boat be used for? Just overnight or weekends away?


Boat purchasing – New

Purchasing a new boat is a very clean and simple process.

If you are purchasing a new stock boat, subject to finance approval where applicable, our turnaround time to get you on the water can be as little as two weeks. If you wish to pre-order a model, a delivery date will be advised at time of order subject to manufacturer’s build schedule.

  • Once you have chosen your new boat, the excitement begins!
  • Holding deposit required subject to demonstration where applicable*
  • Demonstration
  • Order conformation and discussion of any additional optional extras – see here: Boating Extras
  • Confirm a date of handover
  • Boat preparation – we carry out a pre delivery inspection of the boat, equip her with ropes, fenders, boat hooks and all the chandlery the boat needs.
  • Office handover – this includes explaining all paperwork and manuals
  • Full boat handover provided by our experienced Bates Wharf Team
  • Boat delivery to your chosen marina. Remember we have our marina @ Chertsey to get you started.

*Stock boats : 15% holding deposit, balance due prior to handover / Pre-ordered : 25% holding deposit, balance due upon delivery to Bates Wharf

For any questions you may have, please do not hesitate to contact us.