Selling Your Boat

Let Swanley Brokerage take the strain out of selling!
Swanley Brokerage is the place to start when choosing a broker to sell your narrowboat. You can be assured of a friendly and professional service from an enthusiastic team, committed to selling your boat as quickly and efficiently as possible. We offer a free valuation service and advertise boats nationally, internationally and via the internet. We also use most social media platforms.

Ideally situated on the beautiful Llangollen canal just two miles from the historic market town of Nantwich in Cheshire, Swanley Bridge Marina has good access to the nearby motorway and rail networks. Our large marina, with security barrier entrance and CCTV, can accommodate all sizes of narrowboat, each one being conveniently moored adjacent to a serviced pontoon for ease of access by potential purchasers. Additionally we also have a large hardstanding viewing area for craft which have been removed from the water.

Our brokerage office is open seven days a week even through winter (except Christmas/New Year). Viewings are accompanied by a member of staff for your peace of mind and to record feedback. We advertise nationally and regularly in the various waterways magazines and  prominent waterways industry websites and social media platforms. For your security, keys and files are kept in a locked and alarmed area. We constantly monitor market conditions and make regular contact to keep you up to date regarding viewings and enquiries. We have a customer database which we regularly use to help match the right person with the right vessel. 

Please note the following documentation will be required when placing a boat on brokerage with us:

Current and original Boat Safety Certificate & Appliance record

  • Manuals & Recreational Craft Directive if applicable
  • License disc if the vessel is in the water
  • Insurance details
  • Finance details if applicable
  • Proof of ownership


Please note that whilst the vessel is on brokerage for sale, it does remain the responsibility of the owner to maintain their vessel. Therefore we ask that all narrowboats are clean, maintained, fuelled, and batteries charged in order for any future sales or surveys to be completed without unnecessary delays or additional costs.

Services available at the marina include slipway, welding and plating, blacking, painting, servicing, mechanical and electrical work and joinery. All are independent tradesmen. Shed hire is also available for  an owner wishing to work on their boat. A hoist is also available for lifting boats on or off road haulage vehicles.

Swanley Brokerage are members of the British Marina Federation (BMF) and we abide by their requirement to hold funds received from purchasers in a separate clients account for your financial protection.

For more information or to discuss the sale of your boat please contact us on 01270 524855. We look forward to hearing from you.

We are open 7 days a week.Malcolm or Andy can be contacted on 01270 524855.

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