Derek and Fiona
Derek and Fiona

About us

What our clients say ...

"Solent Motor Yachts is unique, they don’t just list boats, they match them to clients and vice versa. We can’t thank Derek enough for making sure we had the boat that was right for us. The deal and sea trial could not have been easier, nothing was too much trouble. A pleasure to do business with an honest and straightforward brokerage."
Mr & Mrs D, Hampshire

Solent Motor Yachts is an independent, family-owned business selling motor boats and yachts and is based at the Hamble River Boat Yard in Swanwick.

We are a highly experienced team providing our clients with the complete brokerage service, taking the strain out of buying and selling boats.  We make a point of listening to clients’ needs and meeting their requirements.

Our brokerage offers a full range of facilities, with focused marketing for the seller and knowledge and understanding for the buyer.  We provide close, personal attention, tailoring services to suit each and every customer.

An official dealer for Azimut Yachts, Solent Motor Yachts is delighted to offer for sale the full range of new Azimut boats from 34ft to 35m.

And with a large selection of brokerage boats for sale too, we offer plenty of choice from RIBs and small ski boats to luxury motor yachts. Along with a wide range of different brands, sizes and ages, we are confident we can bring your dream to life.

Solent Motor Yachts has been operating at Hamble River Boat Yard since 2006. The yard offers a full range of facilities from storage, both in and out of the water, repairs, refurbishment, polishing, servicing, anti-fouling, anodes, covers and valeting.  We can take care of your boating requirements and if we can’t, we have lots of contacts who will.

Director, Derek Vaughan-Smith, has been sailing and working with boats on the South Coast since 1997 and knows the waters inside out.  He says, "My confidence helps build that of my customers as they get to know their new boat.  I have established a strong base of loyal customers who bring Solent Motor Yachts steady repeat business.  We’re based just up river from The Hamble’s Jolly Sailor on a five acre site with plenty of free parking, a small marina, an on-site travel lift and Volvo Penta services, so there’s plenty of action!

"I’ve sailed since I can remember.  My first solo sail was at seven and I’ve been on the water ever since.  Successful in competitive dinghy sailing, I went on to gain a BA (Hons) degree in Maritime Leisure Management in Southampton and went straight into brokering from there.  Being a Yacht Master power and sail I am equally capable with both types of boat, my focus at Solent Motor Yachts is on power but we do also market and sell sail boats."

We offer assistance with mooring requirements, surveyors, finance and insurance as well as with any ongoing maintenance needs.

Boating is our passion at Solent Motor Yachts, and customer service and attention to detail our priority.

We look forward to being of service to you.

Solent Motor Yachts Ltd Privacy Policy

Solent Motor Yachts Limited is a company incorporated in England and Wales and is a "controller" under the General Data Protection Regulation and respects your privacy.

Information we may collect from you

We will only collect information from you that is necessary for the preparation and completion of the matter we are dealing with. In particular we may collect the following information from you which is defined as "personal data" including name, address, phone numbers, email addresses, boat ownership past and present.

How we use your information

We use your information to tailor our services and advice to best suit your requirements as necessary for the performance of the contract between us.

Who we share your information with

We do and will not share your data with any other company, unless previously requested and agreed.

How long we keep your information for

We will only retain your personal information for the purposes set out in this Policy and for as long as we have a legal or business requirement to do so. By law, different retention periods apply to different types of records and data, however the minimum we are required to hold any personal data is 7 years from the date of your last transaction, for taxation, accounting and risk management purposes. This may be extended in the event of a query, investigation or dispute until fully resolved.

What rights you have

You have a series of rights under the General Data Protection Regulation including the right to access a copy of information that we hold about you. Further information on this issue can be obtained from the person responsible for data protection, Derek Vaughan-Smith, by telephoning 01489 886663 or emailing

Who can you complain to if you are unhappy about how we are handling your information?

If you are unhappy about how we are using your information then initially you should contact Derek Vaughan-Smith, the person responsible for data protection at Solent Motor Yachts. If your complaint remains unresolved then you can contact the Information Commissioner's Office, details available at