Our History

A genuine family business right from the start.

Essex Boatyards Ltd is a family-owned business with over 30 years' experience in boat sales and repairs. From the outset, we’ve been committed to the highest standards of customer service for the boating community. We like to feel that it is our quality of service, professionalism and value that has made us the UK’s number one boat sales centre, and a firm favourite with loyal customers throughout the country.

The company has grown steadily since its formation by Dave Barke Senior in 1976. His sons, James, Nick and Guy Barke joined the business during the early 90’s, taking the company from a yard that sold only small sports boats and transforming it into the impressive, fully-equipped sales and service centre it is today… offering a massive choice of powerboats and motor yachts up to 78ft!

Dave Barke Junior has recently joined the company, completing the family team, so we are a young dynamic company with an average age of around 27 and now have over 40 employees working in our marina and our sales and preparation departments for new and used boats.

We are the sole owners of Essex Marina, which gives us full access to sophisticated lifting equipment and berthing facilities, enabling us to respond to customer requirements very quickly indeed.

Although we have been an Appointed Dealer for Fairline since 2004, we have been involved with the Fairline brand for many years as an independent company specialising in used boat sales. Fairline Essex was joined by Fairline Port Solent in January 2006, so our dealership area now stretches from the Wash in East Anglia up to and including the Hamble River.