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Boat Distribution and Retail

Boat Distribution & RetailThe boat distribution and retail sector handles the sale and distribution of new yachts, motorboats, narrowboats and other craft. It is served by a dedicated British Marine Group Association, plus several other significant Group Associations with interests in this sector.

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The British Marine Boat Retailers and Brokers Association is very focused on companies involved in the sale and distribution of boats. Membership of this association requires adherence to sector specific Codes of Practice providing boat buyers with an essential hallmark that they can trust. The Association also runs excellent networking events and has played in a leading role in developing the Boat Sales Qualification.

Other British Marine Group Associations with an interest in this sector include Commercial Marine, British Marine Sailing, British Inland Boatbuilding and Superyacht UK

Any member working in this sector can benefit from stand discounts at the  Southampton Boat Show, free 24 hour legal advice and contract templates with an equivalent value of over £1000 each, among many benefits.

Open quote for member endorsementMembership brings confidence to boat buyers – they know we adhere to a Code of Practice…it promotes professionalism in our industry, which is essential

Sean Noble, Ancasta International Boat Sales

Group Associations for this sector

British Marine Boat Retailers & Brokers logo  British Saling British Marine Inland BoatbuildingBMF Commercial Marine Superyacht UK

Boat Distribution and Retail Benefits
Apprentice Mentoring Workshop

British Marine with support of the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) are offering two workshops (one full day followed by a one half day) for those people who have an active role in mentoring apprentices.

Apprentice Mentoring Workshop - follow-up

British Marine with support of the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) are offering two workshops (one full day followed by a one half day) for those people who have an active role in mentoring apprentices.

Apprentice Mentoring Workshop - Initial

British Marine with support of the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) are offering two workshops (one full day followed by a one half day) for those people who have an active role in mentoring apprentices.

Apprenticeship FAQs

Question and answers about marine industry apprenticeships.

Apprenticeship FAQs

Frequently asked questions about marine industry apprenticeships

Apprenticeships

Grow your Business and grow the skill you need by recruiting apprentices. Apprenticeships are the perfect way to boost productivity, support innovation and aid your company’s expansion. Apprentices learn the culture and unique needs of your business and there is considerable financial support in place to help both you and them.

BM9 Agreement for the sale of a new boat by a dealer

This British Marine English law template contract is free for Members to use. The document is a template only and you are advised to take independent legal advice to ensure it is suitable for your purposes, prior to use. This template was updated in April 2018.

BM9a notes to BM9

These are explanatory notes only and, although important, do not form part of the agreement itself.

Boat Show Benefits for Members

Along with the boat show discount available to British Marine members, we have additional benefits for members to take advantage of at the shows;

Boat Show Discounts

British Marine members are entitled to receive discount off their stand space at our Shows

British Marine Industry Trends Survey - June 2018

British Marine conducts a survey bi-annually to measure current business performance and trends in the marine industry over the last six months and future expectations. The latest version of this report for the period November 2017 - June 2018 is now available to download.

ICOMIA Environment Guide 2017

The ICOMIA Environment Guide features clear and concise outlines of the latest environmental legislation affecting the EU, US, Asia and Australia plus international organisations such as IMO. The Guide explains – in simple terms – what the legislation is; why it has been imposed; when it will take effect; who it may affect and how it may affect them – making it an invaluable tool for businesses, associations and organisations operating in the global recreational marine industry. The Guide is FREE to British Marine members.

ICOMIA Half Year Trends Report 2016 (July-December)

ICOMIA’s Half Year Trends Report provides a snapshot overview of the economic performance of national marine industries across the globe for the past 6 months - 1 July 2016 to 31 December 2016 - compared to the same period of the previous year - 1 July 2015 to 31 December 2015. Although no quantifiable data is gathered; the survey acts as a barometer to indicate recent economic trends in the global recreational boating industry as well as the general outlook for the coming year. This publication is an exclusive member benefit and is only available to full members of British Marine.

ICOMIA LOGOS Quarterly Report Oct 2020

The latest ICOMIA LOGOS Quarterly Report Oct 2020 has been released.

ICOMIA SCIP Factsheet

ICOMIA SCIP Factsheet for EU exports

ICOMIA Small Craft Standards Bulletin 14

The latest ICOMIA Small Craft Standards Bulletin has been released.

IMEC LOGOS Quarterly Report Oct 2020

The latest IMEC LOGOS Quarterly Report Oct 2020 has been released.

IMO - Current Awareness Bulletin August 2020

The latest IMO - Current Awareness Bulletin August 2020 has been released.

Inland Waterways Small Passenger Boats

Inland Waterways Small Passenger Boats

Marine Job Vacancies

British Marine have constant postings of vacancies from its 1600 members for jobs in the leisure marine industry. From Boat building, apprenticeships, boat fitting, brokerage, design, engineering and marina staff to watersports instructors, on board staff, shipwrights, sailing instructors and skippers.

Superyacht UK Annual Report 2018

Superyacht UK has carried out its twelfth annual survey for 2017/18 to determine year-on-year trends in the UK superyacht sector. Superyacht UK, a dedicated association of British Marine, represents over 250 members and 70% of the total UK industry, operating in the design, build, supply chain and service provision of yachts over 24 metres in length.

Superyacht UK Social Media Masterclass

A whole day’s comprehensive social media training and support package, giving you the tools to confidently and effectively grow your social media outreach against a planned strategy designed to help you meet your business objectives.

Technical Report 120

Technical Report 120

Technical Report 126

August 2020 Technical Report (#126) Topics include Brexit and COVID-19

Technical Reports

British Marine providing industry guidance with the Technical Report, including manufacturing and environment updates.

Training Courses

British Marine training is passionate about the development and progression of the UK marine industry. From career prospects to recruitment and training courses, we are here to assist and advise.

Vessel Trial and Delivery Guidance - Categorised Waters

Guidance for vessels undergoing trials and deliveries in categorised waters - pleasure vessels while they are in the possession of a broker, ship repairer or other such person for the purpose of their business.

Vessel Trials and Delivery Guidance

Guidance for vessels undergoing trialsor delivery - pleasure vessels while they are in the possession of a broker, ship repairer or other such person for the purpose of their business.

Apprenticeship Graduation Awards

Grow your Business and grow the skill you need to do so. Apprenticeships are the perfect way to boost productivity, support innovation and aid your company’s expansion. Apprentices learn the culture and unique needs of your business and there is financial support in place to help both you and them.

Apprenticeship Trailblazers

British Marine is leading the way supporting groups of employers (trailblazers) in developing new Apprenticeship Standards and providing support to its members in implementing apprenticeship reforms mandated by the Government.

Become a Committee Member

Each Association under British Marine is run by a Committee made up of individual members.

Boat Safety Scheme

The Boat Safety Scheme, or BSS, is a public safety initiative owned by the Canal & River Trust and the Environment Agency. Its purpose is to help minimise the risk of boat fires, explosions, or pollution harming visitors to the inland waterways, the waterways' workforce and any other users.

Boating Consumer Research

Boating Consumer Research: British Marine funds and produces research that seeks to improve understanding of consumer trends in a wide variety of leisure boating sub-sectors. This includes research on boating participation behaviour, as well as purchasing and spending habits.

British Marine Industry Trends Autumn 2017

British Marine conducts a survey bi-annually to measure current business performance and trends in the marine industry over the last six months and future expectations. The latest version of this report for the period June 2017 - November 2017 is now available to download.

British Marine Industry Trends November 2015 to June 2016

British Marine conducts a survey bi-annually to measure current business performance and trends in the marine industry over the last six months and future expectations. The latest version of this report for the period November 2015 - June 2016 is now available to download.

British Marine Industry Trends Survey Jun-Nov 2015

British Marine Industry Trends Survey June 2015 to November 2015. British Marine conducts a survey bi-annually to measure current business performance and trends in the marine industry over the last six months and future expectations. The latest version of this report for the period June 2015 - November 2015 is now available to download.

British Marine mediation scheme for members

Mediation is a form of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) and can be a time and cost efficient process for resolving disputes. British Marine has set up a mediation scheme to enable the easy resolution of disputes within the marine industry.

Careers Campaign

Feedback from British Marine members has resulted in a British Marine careers campaign to go live in March 2016. Members are keen to promote the opportunities within their businesses and the marine industry as a whole and to attract the the best candidates.

Commercial Vessels

Commercial vessels in the UK may be subject to various legislation dependant on their size and normal operating areas, British Marine will keep members informed with up to date information.

Commercial Vessels on Inland Waterways and Domestic Waters

Commercial Vessels on Inland Waterways and Domestic Waters

Commercial Vessels Operating at Sea

Read about the Rules and Regulations applicable to Offshore commercial craft

Committees

Each Association under British Marine is run by a Committee made up of individual members.

Discounts and Savings

British Marine offer members a number of discounts and savings. Find out what discounts and savings are available.

Domestic Passenger Vessels

Domestic Passenger Vessels - British Marine will keep members informed with up to date information.

Download the logo - British Marine

Use the British Marine logo on your website, adverts and printed items to benefit from our national Look for the Logo campaign that promotes members' products and services to the boating public.

Environment

British Marine’s Environment & Boating Facilities service offers the best environment and planning advice to the trade.

Export Guidance

Export Guidance from British Marine on: How to reclaim foreign VAT, Export Control Licences, Press Advice for Exhibitors, The Jones Act, Incoterms and links to the ICOMIA Distributors Guide and Market Selection Index Tool.

Exporting

A guide to export for growth from British Marine in association with UKTI

FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions of the British Marine Legal Services team

Floating Leisure Articles Legislation - Floating Leisure Articles placed on the market within the European Union

As a benefit to British Marine members, this report details Floating Leisure Articles placed on the market within the European Union

Headline Statistics and Infographics

Headline statistics on the UK leisure, superyacht and small commercial marine industry

Health and Safety

Health & Safety is a vital aspect of running a modern business, British Marine offers Health & Safety guidance.

ICOMIA and the IMO

British Marine is a member of the International Council of Marine Industry Associations (ICOMIA), which holds a consultative seat at the International Maritime Organization (IMO). ICOMIA has a representative who attends IMO meetings on our behalf and reports on issues which will potentially affect the leisure, superyacht and small commercial marine industries.

ICOMIA Half Year Trends Report 2017

ICOMIA’s Half Year Trends Report 2017 provides a snapshot overview of the health of the global marine industry for the past 6 months, from 1 July to 31 December 2017, compared with the same period 12 months ago. Sourced from sentiment surveys of ICOMIA members, this 1 page report shows trends across 30 key national markets focusing on core industry KPIs, including a range of boat, engine and accessories sales, import, export and domestic market growth, and the economic outlook for each of these markets. Although no quantifiable data is gathered; the survey acts as a barometer to indicate recent economic trends in the global recreational boating industry as well as the general outlook for the coming year.

ICOMIA Quarterly Economic Statistics 2016 (Q1-4)

ICOMIA’s Quarterly Economic Statistics Report 2016 (Q1-4) provides valuable information on economic development in over 45 countries across the world, including: inflation rates, economic growth, car registrations/sales, consumer confidence, producer price index and the Big Mac Index.

ICOMIA Quarterly Economic Statistics 2016 (Q2)

ICOMIA’s Quarterly Economic Statistics Report 2016 (Q2) provides valuable information on economic development in over 45 countries across the world, including: inflation rates, economic growth, car registrations/sales, consumer confidence, producer price index and the Big Mac Index.

ICOMIA Quarterly Economic Statistics 2017 (Q1-4)

This report contains quarterly information on the economic development in 46 countries across the world, such as inflation rates, gross domestic product growth, car registrations, producer prices and consumer confidence, . As a benefit of your British Marine membership, you have access to this report for free. The ICOMIA Quarterly Economic Statistics Report is updated every three months. This edition covers: - Quarter one, 2017 (January – March) - Quarter two, 2017 (April – June) - Quarter three, 2017 (July - September) - Quarter Four, 2017 (October - December)

ICOMIA Recreational Boating Industry Statistics 2015

The latest ICOMIA Recreational Boating Industry Statistics book (edition 2015) is the foremost annual tool the industry has to measure international activity in the recreational boating industry.

ICOMIA Recreational Boating Industry Statistics 2016

The latest ICOMIA Recreational Boating Industry Statistics book (edition 2016) is the foremost annual tool the industry has to measure international activity in the recreational boating industry.

Inland Hire Boats

Inland Hire Boats

International Development Support

Supporting our member companies as they develop their businesses across the globe and acts as your gateway to the services available from: UK Trade & Investment, UK Embassies and Consulates

International Standards Development - British Marine

ISO publishes standards on a vast range of subjects, including small craft (under 24m by ISO/TC188) and large yachts (over 24m by ISO/TC8/SC12). British Marine represents the marine industry at each of these standards committees and the many working groups that fall under the control of the principal committees.

Key Performance Indicators - England Regions Infographics

These industry infographics combine findings from across British Marine's industry economic, social and consumer market research to demonstrate the size, value and economic impact of the leisure marine economy in the UK's various English regions (based on former Regional Development Agency geographies). These infographics cover the South West, South East, Greater London, East of England, West Midlands , East Midlands, North West, Yorkshire and the North East. They provide topline statistics on the number of marine enterprises, their turnover, gross valued added contribution, taxation, full-time equivalent employment, average employee earnings, as well as boat ownership and participation.

Key Performance Indicators - Marine Industry Sector Infographics

These industry infographics combine findings from across British Marine's industry economic, social and consumer market research to demonstrate the size, value and economic impact of the leisure marine economy across the industry's varied sectors. These infographics cover: Boat Manufacturing; Engines & Equipment Manufacturing; Boat Wholesale & Retail; Engines & Equipment Wholesale & Retail; Marinas & Moorings; Boat Repair & Servicing; Hire, Holidays & Training; and Consumer & Business Services. They provide topline statistics on the number of marine enterprises, their turnover, gross valued added contribution, taxation, full-time equivalent employment, average employee earnings and international trade (where applicable).

Key Performance Indicators - UK National and Devolved Regions Infographics

These industry infographics combine findings from across British Marine's industry economic, social and consumer market research to demonstrate the size, value and economic impact of the leisure marine economy in the UK's constituent countries and devolved administrations. These infographics cover England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and provide topline statistics on the number of marine enterprises, their turnover, gross valued added contribution, taxation, full-time equivalent employment, average employee earnings, as well as boat ownership and participation.

Key Performance Indicators and Industry Trends Research

British Marine’s Key Performance Indicators for the Leisure, Superyacht & Small Commercial Marine Industry report is a biennial report that uses aggregated data shared by our members, combined with internal knowledge of non-members involved in the marine industry, to provide a robust economic audit of the industry.

Knowledge Centre

The British Marine Knowledge centre comprises of useful articles and information to help its members in the Marine industry concerning Technical Issues, Legal and Finance, Environmental and Facilities Issues, Training, Statistics and Market Research, International Development, Marketing, External Relations and Business Support.

Latest Technical News

Latest Technical News from the British Marine Technical Team as a benefit to their members. British Marine members are able to comment on current industry consultations. British Marine members come from around 4,200 businesses in today's UK leisure, superyacht and small commercial marine markets.

Legal Services and VAT

British Marine do all they can to support their Members with a range of Business Support Benefits and Services, these are delivered by our Commercial Partners and by working with other Members who offer relevant services.

Life-saving Appliances (LSA)

Rules and regulaions aplicable to the design, construction and servicing of LSA

Look for the Logo

Look for the Logo is a campaign that highlights the key benefits of engaging with British Marine's 1600 members when buying a boat or any marine-related service or product.

Manufacturers Identity Code - MIC

One of the requirements of the Recreational Craft Directive (RCD) is that every CE-marked boat has a unique identity number that can be used to identify the country of origin, the builder and year of build of the boat.

Mediation Information

Mediation is a process for resolving disputes. In mediation, parties are helped by an independent third party, the mediator, to reach an agreement with which they are happy and resolve their dispute. A good mediator is a skilled, experienced and imaginative problem solver who will be very much involved in the process of reaching a solution.

Member Directory

There are a number of British Marine member law firms, financial and commercial advisors that can help you. British Marine is the membership organisation for the leisure, superyacht and small commercial marine industry.

Offers of the Month

Through the Mercedes-Benz Affinity scheme, British Marine members can enjoy all the benefits of the latest models for less than you expected.

On The Water

On The Water promotes the products and services of British Marine members and encourage the public to get started in boating and watersports.

Our Associations

British Marine has 11 regions and 16 group associations, which members can join depending on their sector and business.

Personal Development

British Marine has developed personal development accreditations to benchmark individuals within the industry to meet rigorous industry standards promoting professionalism and standardisation.

Quality Schemes

British Marine and its associations run a number of quality schemes for its members operating in different sectors. These schemes provide a benchmark for good practice and allow members to both benchmark themselves against their competitors but also to provide evidence to their customers that they are offering an independently checked and verified quality product.

Recreational Charter Vessels

Read about the Rules and Regulations applicable to Recreational Charter Vessels

Recreational Craft Directive

The Recreational Craft Directive (RCD) is a trade-enabling European New Approach Directive which sets minimum requirements of a boat which guarantee its suitability for sale and use within the European Union.

Recreational Craft Exports

Guidance on Recreational Vessel Exports to countries outside of the European Union and EEA

Representation - Supporting the Industry

Find out how British Marine supports the UK marine industry. British Marine members are able to comment on current industry consultations. British Marine members come from around 4,200 businesses in today's UK leisure, superyacht and small commercial marine markets. The turnover of those markets is worth £2.855 billion. Register to find out the latest news from the leisure marine industry.

Representation and Promotion

Foe more than 100 years British Marine's most important role has been to represent its members and the UK marine industry

Self Assessment Environment Audit - Marinas

Simple self assessment toolkit for marina operators

Technical Publications

A one stop resource for technical publications

Technical Support

As the membership organisation for the leisure, superyacht and small commercial Marine Industry, British Marine knows how important it is to get the details right, first time.

Technical Support

As the membership organisation for the leisure, superyacht and small commercial Marine Industry, British Marine knows how important it is to get the details right, first time.

Technical Support - BMEEA Code of Practice

Technical Support - BMEEA Code of Practice

The Green Blue

The Green Blue project is an innovative environmental awareness programme founded by British Marine and the Royal Yachting Association (RYA). Its primary purpose is to enable boat users, marine businesses and sailing clubs to reduce their impact on our coastal and inland waters.

The Green Blue

This is British Marine’s flagship environmental outreach programme, developed with our partners the RYA. British Marine members can take advantage of Loads of free support. Take a look!

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency enforces the rules to which vessels in UK territorial waters and under UK registration must adhere. These rules are legislated through the Merchant Shipping Regulations, which apply to all vessels under the UK flag and vessels in UK waters or operating from UK ports.

The UK Marine Labour Market

The leisure marine industry has experienced challenging times following the wake of the global financial crisis and the subsequent recessions and slow and patchy recovery of the UK economy.

Training and Careers

British Marine Training can support your business by helping you to recruit staff on our online job portal, help you attract new talent through the British Marine careers campaign and offer you assistance on training advice and information.

UK Boat Production Report 2018

This boat production report provides key economic indicators for the UK‘s leisure boat manufacturing sector and is published to enhance knowledge of the sector and provide an aid to business planning for marine businesses.

UK Leisure Boat Manufacturing 2017

This leisure boat manufacturing report provides key economic indicators for the UK‘s boat manufacturing sector and is published to enhance knowledge of the sector and provide an aid to business planning for marine businesses.

UK Navigation Authorities

UK Navigation Authorities

Unlimited Credit Checking

British Marine members can access unlimited UK credit reports free of charge

Upcoming webinars

Brexit: An overview of the marking, product labelling and conformity assessments required from 1 January 2021.

Value Added Tax

British Marine offer their members a free tax advice service through our dedicated British Marine VAT specialist at PKF Francis Clark.

Watersports Participation 2016 - Full Report

This annual report commissioned by British Marine, Royal Yachting Association (RYA), Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA), Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), British Canoeing (BC) and the Centre for Environment, Fisheries & Aquaculture Science (CEFAS) details participation and ownership for 12 boating activities in 2016 and reports trends over fourteen years. This report also includes return of wider water-based leisure activities. The full report provides more detailed trends since 2002 and results to a wider set of questions. This includes trends in demographics, frequency and home / abroad participation and location of residence, and also presents coastal/inland and seasonal activity, household boat ownership, charter/hire, and more.

Working with Members - British Marine

British Marine specialises in supporting individual member marine businesses with local councils, regulators, navigation authorities and regulators.

Working with other organisations

British Marine is a member of several important business groups, that each bring together organisations from right across the UK to create a stronger voice to engage Government, regulators and Parliament for support and change. Our memberships include the Confederation of British Industries (CBI), Maritime UK, the Tourism Alliance and the Seabed User Development Group (SUDG).

Boat Distribution and Retail News

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Ed Balls confirmed as headline economist at the British Marine National Conference

18 Jan 2022

British Marine are delighted to announce that the former Shadow Chancellor, academic, author and broadcaster Ed Balls will be presenting an essential keynote speech, forecasting the future economic landscape for the marine industry.

Recreational Boating and Marine Tourism Cross Party Group

Return of Scottish Recreational Boating and Marine Tourism Cross Party Group

10 Nov 2021

Last month saw the return of the Scottish Parliment Cross Party Group on Recreational Boating and Marine Tourism. The group had to be re-registered following the Scottish Parliament election earlier this year and we are delighted to report that the Cross Party Group on Recreational Boating and Marine Tourism will again continue. Stuart McMillan MSP will continue as Convenor with a new vice-convenor Elena Whitham MSP (for Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley).

CE marking

Selling CE marked products into the EU? New rules come into force on 16 July

12 Jul 2021

British Marine wants to ensure that all UK exporters to the EU are aware that the EU Regulation on Market Surveillance and Compliance of Products (2019/1020) will apply from 16 July 2021.

MOTORSPORT2MARINE

Rescheduled: Join the Motorsport Industry Association (MIA) conference – FREE for British Marine members

21 Jun 2021

On 13 July from 14:00-16:00, British Marine and the MIA will bring our two communities together, online via the Zoom Platform, to share an update on the programme so far and also talk through the energy-efficient and technical solutions that are still required by the marine sector.

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British Marine reacts to Spring Budget 2021 Red letter day for the marine industry

03 Mar 2021

After months of extensive consultation and discussion with HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), I am delighted that the Chancellor has today announced that the entitlement to use red diesel will be maintained for all commercial boat operators and for private pleasure craft users in Great Britain.