Business Opportunities at Preston Marina

Would you like to work in the marine industry?

Would you like to be your own boss?

Would you like your own small business, working within our busy, well established marina?


Preston Marina has a number of possible new small business opportunities aimed at adding extra services to our already busy and well respected marina and boatyard.

The opportunities below are available for discussion and can be offered on very advantageous terms to suitably qualified or experienced people who we feel are of the right character, and that we can work alongside to further enhance what is already a busy and respected marina and which is regarded as a prestige focal point for the city of Preston.

There are no proposed business terms in place yet – at the moment there is total flexibility to create a package that works for the right businesses and we would love to listen to your proposals.


All activities must be conducted with membership of British Marine and / or the relevent trade body and in accordance with their Code Of Practice.


If you wish to have an informal discussion without obligation to any party about any of the opportunities below please contact Steve by email initially at


The opportunities currently available for discussion..


Marine Engineer

A small on-site workshop and compound can be offered for a concession specialising in servicing and repair work to all types of marine engines – inboard / outboard / petrol / diesel.

There is definately a need for a good marine engine specialist in our area. The opportunity can also include all the service and warranty work for engines that we sell. This opportunity could also include a new inboard engines sales dealership as replacing older boat engines is a growing market.

This opportunity could also possibly be combined with….


Marine Electrician / Electronics Specialist

To provide sales / installation / service / repair of boat electrical systems and electronic equipment (eg Radios / Navigation Systems / Radar / Auto pilots etc…). We can assist with the sourcing of and supply equipment and parts if required). Workshop facilities could be made available.


Boat Repairs / Maintenance

Fibreglass repairs / woodwork / painting / antifouling / rigging / boat cleaning….etc


Sailing Lessons

Our city centre location and 40 acre non-tidal dock basin, combined with the marina and its facilites offers an excellent resource to be able to teach basic keelboat / cruising sailing courses. The opportunity exists for a new training centre to be established specficially to teach sailing courses within the dock, alongside our own already established RYA training centre which teaches powerboat courses and shore based courses. We are confident there will be good demand for sailing lessons year round. Due to the nature of the waterway keelboats must be used (to be supplied by the new centre).


Boat Trips

The Riversway Docklands attracts high footfall and the 40 acre dock basin makes for very attractive short boat trips. Boat trips would compliment the extremely popular steam railway that runs regularly during holidays and at weekends.  The possibility of offering trips in the River Ribble exists – but tidal restrictions need close consideration.


New Boat Sales Dealerships

Preston Marina is well located for boat sales – within easy reach of the large population centres of the North of England and with access to the sea and inland waters. the Lake District is an hour away. The 40 acre dock basin is ideal for boat demonstrations and our boatyard has good potential display areas ashore.