New & Second
Hand Boats

Welcome to our New & Second-Hand Boat information page, here you'll find everything you need to know, from insuring your vessel to buying top tips. If you have any questions, please watch the video below.




Deciding whether to purchase a new or used boat can be a difficult decision. That's why we've put together a list of resources weighing the pros and cons of each choice and ultimately helping you choose the option best suited to your needs.

No matter your boat type or where you choose to store it, it is essential to have adequate insurance. Ensuring your boat insurance is up to date is essential for peace of mind, whatever your skill level, we've compiled a range of resources to help guide you through proper maintenance checks before venturing out to sea.

Buying New VS Used

New Boat Comparison Guide: Choosing the Right Boat For You

Be sure you’re getting the right craft for your needs, that’s  good value for money, so you end up with a boat for endless hours of fun out on the water.

Read More

Buying New VS Buying Second Hand

We take a look at the pros and cons of buying a new boat vs buying a second hand boat so you can find your perfect next vessel to suit your needs and budget.

Read More

4 Ways to Customise a Used Boat

Buying a used boat is an excellent option for saving money, and we've got the tools to help you customise your vessel to the max.

Read More

12 Things You Need to Know Before Buying A Second Hand Boat

Before you buy a second hand boat, read our five top tips to make sure you get the best possible deal. Avoid falling for a bad deal and wasting your money by checking out these key things to look out for.

Read More

Boat Prep Checklist: Preparing Your Boat For The Water

Wishing you could get back out on your boat? We've put together a boat prep checklist to ensure you're ready to go when lockdown is lifted.

Read More  

Buyer's Guide To Second Hand Boat Purchase

It can be difficult to know whether buying a used boat is the best choice, that's why we've put together this guide with practical tips on purchasing second hand.

Read More
Instagram 1080x1080-1

Insure Your Vessel

Get a quote for your boat insurance

Deciding the kind of insurance you require for your boat and which insurer to opt for can feel overwhelming. Visit our website to find out more about your insurance options.

Get A Quote

Boating Resources


5 Best UK Yacht Holidays

Get inspired to sail the UK seas with our handy guide to the 5 best yacht holidays the UK has to offer.

Read More

yacht at sea during sunset

Narrowboat Interior Layout: Top 5 Tips

Whether you’re a weekend boater or live aboard your vessel permanently, we have the perfect narrowboat interior layout for you.

Read More


Living On A Narrowboat: What You Need to Know

Learn everything you need to know about living on a narrowboat in the UK. Costs, security and more.

Read More

line of narrowboats on water 3 (1)-1

Best UK Towns and Cities to Visit While Cruising Canals

Find the ideal towns and cities you can visit while exploring the UK canals with our top 5 picks.

Read More

UK Towns and Cities

Discover MyBoat

What is MyBoat?

MyBoat is a free online portal for the boat owner community. It’s the only free boating service in the UK! MyBoat keeps all of your important boat information in one place and sends you alerts using its easy-to-use digital organiser. It also keeps you updated with the latest news, views and weather, tailored to your travels as well as offering you some amazing discounts, including:

Safety products
 Boat fittings
 Cleaning products
 Narrowboat accessories
 Travel insurance


How can I receive discounts with MyBoat?

To gain these discounts you have to have insurance from GJW Direct and have an account on MyBoat. Once on MyBoat, navigate to the My Discounts tab, where you’ll be able to see all of your own discounts. We’ve partnered up with some amazing companies to ensure you receive great discounts off boat essentials.

Sign Up Now
  • Store all boating documentation
  • Set reminders for servicing equipment
  • GJW Direct customers can receive exclusive discounts