Bates Wharf

Exhibiting On Stand / Berth Nos



At the London Boat Show 2017 we will be exhibiting the following brands: Chris Craft, Sessa Marine, Fairline, Beneteau, Bayliner & SACS Marine.

W Bates & Son are known as one of the oldest boatyards & marina on the River Thames today, established over 150 years ago as “Taylor and Bates” building their first boats in the late 1800s. In 1934, W Bates & Son was formed. 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 first of the famous and now classic “Star Craft” went into production. W Bates & Son were one of the founding boat building companies 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 now well known as one of the leading boat brokers, and specialists in Sports Boat & Cruisers. We have recently invested £1.7 million 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.

In 1995 we opened 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. 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.

2015 we opened our Fairline Office in Swanwick which is going from strength to strength, full customer assistance and on site facilities to maintain and service your new & pre-owned boats.

Crown Pavilions