Brexit and it’s impact

Brexit yachts

Brexit and it’s impact has been a topic of conversation with friends and clients for quite a while now. I’ve been keeping abreast of all the latest developments. I’ve been reading the industry guidance and talking to colleagues across the UK, Ireland and Europe. I’ve been watching the currency markets and the stock prices of all the major players in the industry.

And my most succinct analysis is this…

I haven’t a bloody clue what’s going to happen. And anyone who says they do is a bluffer.

And do you know what…

At the moment, I don’t really care anymore.

I’m fed up with the uncertainty, the game playing and effort of thinking about it.

We’re still selling boats, and enthusiasts will continue to go boating regardless of what happens.

That is for sure.

The arguments and rationale for Brexit having either a positive or negative effect on the market are both plentiful and largely pointless.

We don’t even know yet what Brexit means,

so trying to predict its impact at this point is impossible. I can only speak of my recent experiences…

Yes, I was (and still am a little) worried that the prospect of Brexit is going to stifle sales. We had a quiet first couple of weeks of the year which is normally a busy time. But since then things have been going great guns. Sales are now up on the same period last year and are showing no signs of slacking off.

We are seeing a slight reduction in the number of leads per boat and this means that with less competing offers sale prices are down a bit on last year, but not by much.

All in all the buyers who are active in the market are keen to buy and just want to get the best deal that they can.

They’re getting on with life… in spite of, or maybe because of, all the ongoing uncertainty.

The general sentiment was summed up nicely by a gentleman from Cork who was in my office finalizing a deal a few days ago.

He told me that he’d been having all sorts of advice from bar stool experts to hold off on buying a boat until after Brexit, when the market will surely collapse. Either that, or Sterling will drop to parity with the Euro (although it’s currently going the other way!), and then he’d get a cracking deal. The general consensus was that he’s mad to be buying a boat in the UK now.

His response was…

‘I don’t really care. I want the boat. I’m buying the boat. And if everything does go pear shaped in the near future, at least I’ll have my boat to enjoy!’

… I couldn’t have put it better myself.

At the end of the day buying a boat is not an astute financial decision. It makes terrible economic sense… it’s always gonna cost money and sometimes lots of it. But who cares.

It’s an indulgence. It’s a treat to yourself and your family for all your hard work and effort.

And it’s a release valve from all the stresses of modern life – Brexit included!

Being aboard your boat is one of the few places left that you can genuinely escape from work and hassle.

And picture-perfect days afloat when everything comes together at the right time (the weather, the company, the location and the boat) are priceless.

So, will Brexit affect the leisure boat market?


Although I suspect it’s going to be much more of a ‘bump in the road’ than a ‘wheels falling off’ scenario. After all when the barstool experts all think they have it sussed, it’s usually a safe bet that they’re totally wrong.

Should Brexit stop you from buying a boat?

If you have the means and desire to do it; absolutely not.

Go for it.

My advice is to buy the boat. Get afloat. Switch off and chill out. Brexit can do what it wants.


All the best,

T. 028 7136 8779

M. 07801 076582 


Asia Pacific Superyacht Conference 10 -13 April 2019

Superyacht Conference

This year’s Asia Pacific Superyacht Conference (10-13 April 2019, Singapore) is set to be the best yet.

We have listened to your feedback and as requested, have made changes to the programme format to deliver more targeted opportunities for you to encounter new business partners, receive timely and commercial insights on key issues faced by the region’s local yachting businesses, and to participate actively in aligning regional growth initiatives.

We are delighted to present APSC 2019 – a comprehensive B2B programme consisting of a full day conference AND an additional three industry workshops specially created for key sectors of the yachting industry (Marinas, Builders, Dealers, Brokerage Firms, Agents, Refit Yards, Yacht Management and Service Providers) and around topics that matter the most to you.

Over 84 different companies, and 155 attendees participated at the previous Asia Pacific Superyacht Conference. Don’t miss out on the region’s main industry event for yachting professionals!

To view the agenda topics, visit our website here.

These are some of the features you can look forward to in our 2019 edition:

  • We understand that your objectives for attending are to return home with valuable business connections, resources, and insights that can directly impact your business strategies and bottom line performance. In view of this, we have developed our conference programme to cover the following topics:

▸Creating value for your clients at every touchpoint of the buyer journey and build an

effective customer engagement experience

▸ Yacht ownership in Asia – What is the future looking like?

▸ On-the-ground insights on the regional yacht charter market – Learn to navigate a

complex, fragmented market successfully and leverage on growth trends and


▸ Build a productive yacht sales and service network in this unique market landscape

▸ Receive expert insights on developing strategies for success in a niche luxury market

– Apply lessons learnt from success stories and relevant industry case studies

▸Convert your branding and digital marketing initiatives into new revenue channels

  • 3 Post-Conference Workshops designed to generate greater knowledge exchange between industry leaders and delegates, along with high-quality results from networking opportunities

       Workshop A: Building a Master Plan for Yachting in Asia 

       (Agents, Marinas, National Tourism Agencies)

In-depth practical insights for growing the charter market and developing key destinations, routes, and shore support services for Asia.

Workshop B: Growing Your Business in Asia 

Strategies and business networking for brands, manufacturers, dealers and distributors who are interested to either enter the Asian market, expand their sales network

or in learning more about building a successful partnership.

Workshop C: Shipyards & Marinas – Service, Repair and Maintenance

Partnering with key shipyard stakeholders from the local, regional and global markets for a holistic strategy to advance growth of yacht repair and maintenance services

across Asia.

  • Last but not the least, we also understand that budget is a priority for you. In response to this, our new 2019 rates are almost 34% more attractive. We hope the new rates fit with your budget requirements – Click hereto view our new pricing packages.


Over the coming weeks we will continue to bring you more in-depth programme and speaker highlights. With four days of networking and engaging industry debates lined up for you, the Asia Pacific Superyacht Conference is the best-value superyacht conference you can attend in 2019.

If you are ready to book – our Early Bird rate will save you another 10%. Register here by 28 February or contact me to discuss the event further.

I look forward to meeting you in April.

Best regards,

Debra Long

Conference Producer

P.S. Like to make a bigger impact?

Find out how you can join APSC’s sponsor, MTU and benefit from brand exposure and thought leadership in front of an influential audience. Click here for more information on sponsorship opportunities.

Alternatively, check out our Professional Multipass which offers complete access to the full B2B experience at the Singapore Yacht Show. If you are looking to maximize your business opportunities, this pass entitles you to complimentary company branding in the 2019 Show Guide and Website, and additional access to the conference, workshops and exclusive networking opportunities within the Singapore Yacht Show.


Livaboard – Power boat Rinka 30ft

Rinker 30 1991 with 2 mercruiser 5.7 engines with 2 bravo Two legs 

2 reconditioned bottom halfs legs cost £1500 stainless steel props

4 new rams for the let cost of £950
new bellhose

4 new batterys cost

2 new starters £350

1 new water pump on the starboard did £250

New seats £3500

New steering wheel £150

has a chart plotter and vhf

Boat has 3 double beds shower toilet cooker sink boat need some tlc bit shore power not working engines are running top speed 32kts cruising speed 25kts

£8000 spent on it looking for a quick sale for more info ono


Tel (+44) 0 7951 912 295 cash or bank transfer test dives welcome




Built in 1930 by Yarwoods of Northwich, Dehli was the subject of a full restoration by the Warwickshire Fly Boat Company and engineer owner

Specification –

60′ x 6’10” – Go anywhere (the boat has spent the last year at Llangollen)

Typical Yarwoods fine lines allow the boat to swim really well and it always draws attention wherever it goes.

6 berths with double under the tug deck

Fixed double bedroom

Cross-bed in traditional ‘boatman’s’ cabin

Engine – Lister JP2 / Blackstone box, 2-1 reduction, arguably the best vintage narrowboat engine, hand-start but also converted to electric start, with closed circuit cooling through calorifier. The fantastic sounding engine was zero-timed by my late uncle, a retired Lister engineer, using original new-old-stock parts sourced from around the world

Crowther propeller with weed cutter

Hull – new bottom, footings, swim, stern, decks and cabin (no over-plating), all work carried out by Graham Pearce of Warwickshire Fly Boat Company. All new woodwork by ‘Reg’, also at WFBC, in light ash, planked roof (no MDF!), three Houdini hatches and portholes make for a light and airy feel throughout

Traditional boatman’s cabin with ‘scumbling’, ‘roses and castles’ and other period LMS features

Heating and Equipment – Hot water by calorifier or shore power, radiators are diesel-fired by Erberspacher in engine room, coal-fired range in the back cabin and Kuranda ‘Old Dutch’ oil-fired heater in the saloon

Sterling inverter servicing battery bank (x5)


For sale with a very heavy heart – this is a true enthusiasts boat, restored to a very high standard. Plenty of vintage charm (Historic Narrowboat Club member), but will all the mod-cons for the 21st century

I have over £125,000 and 5 years of my life invested in Dehli, hence the very reluctant sale at £85,000 firm

Moored at Lymm, Cheshire. Viewings welcome by appointment.

Youtube video link


Further photographs and Contact Here


Houseboat – Fairline 40

Fairline 40 – Ready to move on and live.

This boat is up for auction on Ebay – Starting price is £45,000

Lovely boat nice engines new 2017 canopies and techdeck.
Good navigation gear
Tv washing machine freezer
Inverter system.
Too much to list. 
Viewing by appointment only.
Southsea marina. Portsmouth.

Please call to view.

In date survey.
Runs very nice 2 x 300 turbo perkins Sabah engines.
Fly by wire very nice boat.
Ready for you to move on and live anywhere you want.
Has a small ribb with 8hp Jonson on  davets. With new cover.
Like I said easyer to view.
Cameras ip200 x3 you can change around all the screens.
Good for mooring and safety.
Nice fly bridge with seating for 6 people.
In date life raft and fire extinguishers.
Engine bay fire extinguisher automatically works and was £500 new last year.

I have adverts elsewhere and reserve the right to remove this advert at anytime. Es 128 Es 78 x2. Latest autopilot,vhf with ais. Tv dome etc. Inverter 3.5k 4 x 110aph in for inverter. Sola and wind turbine new 2017. Lots and lots. Ready for the new season. Pictures are not updated yet some are old. Old seating is available aswell.

TEL: 07770 233964.

Priced to sell
Grab a bargain phone for viewing.
Come and view for yourself.
Will be out the water from 31 June until sold.
No reserve. £45,000.00 starting price. 
Grab a real bargain. 

Px for nice camper van considered. Offers welcome.