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The purchasing process made easy

We’re here to lend a hand with every step of your boating journey— as you start your exciting new venture, we want to be there to ensure it starts off as smoothly as possible. 

The first step to waterside life is buying a boat that’s right for you. So …

How do I choose the right boat for me?

Will you live onboard or use for extended cruising? If so, narrowboats and widebeams are often more suitable – and equipped for residential living. 

Or will you use your boat for day trips and short breaks? Cruisers are more suited for short breaks away or just a base to relax in. They are often less expensive for a mooring, river license and insurance. But as they don’t have insulation, they are only really suited to use in warmer months.

If you’re planning on cruising, check the lock dimensions and height limits (air draft) of the routes you think you’ll take – and buy your boat to fit these needs. Boats wider than 6ft 10inch can only navigate waterways with double width locks, whilst some larger cruisers may be too big to fit under canals with arch bridges.

Think about how you will use the space aboard - traditional sterns offer more internal space and room for storage. A cruiser stern gives you more outside space that allows you to be much more sociable and have friends around you when cruising.

How do I view a boat?

If you see a boat you like, make an appointment by following these steps...

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Where do I find my boat?

Visit and filter by location and boat type.

Tip: If you have decided to buy a widebeam boat, we recommend securing a mooring as soon as possible as they can sometimes be trickier to secure.

But what about a mooring? Where do I keep the boat?

We can help with that as well. With 29 Waterside & Marina locations we are certain to have a location that suits your requirements.

Boats sold in our London Marinas are sold with a transferable license to moor, subject to a successful application. In these marinas additional charges will apply to transfer the berth into your name if you choose to buy your boat through Aquavista or a third-party broker.

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Remember - our experienced team are on hand to help every step of the way.