Sea Ventures & Atlantic Yachts - boat dealers
for the complete boating experience

Jeanneau boat dealers and brokers for over 30 years

Jeanneau 'Dealer of the Year 2024' 

Breaking News!  2nd July, 2024 Sea Ventures have been awarded Jeanneau Dealer of the Year - this is a wonderflu achievement and year on year the team have continued to win this, proving they really are a knowledgeable , professional and expert team.

Sea Ventures is a very well established and respected name in the world of boat sales,  boat dealers and brokerage in the UK, based on the south coast of England. We have been Jeanneau dealers & brokers for over 30 years, supplying boats to the UK, the Mediterranean and all around the world.

As Jeanneau sailboat dealers we specialise in the sale of new and used Jeanneau sail boats and yachts, Jeanneau being one of the largest and most respected sailing boat builders in the world. We are also dealers for the extensive and diverse range of Jeanneau Motorboats as well as other brands from the Beneteau Group including Excess Catamarans and the iconic Wellcraft sports fishing boat range.

We are in harmony with the standards and thinking behind the Jeanneau brand which we know from long experience. In all our years of association with Jeanneau we have sold thousands of new and used Jeanneau craft and gained enormous experience and knowledge of the product, both sailing boats and motorboats.

Our ethos is "customer first" and we pride ourselves on our Aftersales service and the high numbers of customers who come back to us to buy another boat.

Our “Jeanneau Centre of Excellence” is based in the heart of the Solent at Swanwick Marina on the Hamble River; one of the busiest boating area in the UK.

More recently, Sea Ventures are excited to announce our partnership with sister brand, Atlantic Yachts,  expanding our offices to three - Swanwick, Plymouth and Dartmouth.  This comes with huge benefits for both brands including wider coverage for our brokerage boats.

We can offer the best prices on new stock boats from Jeanneau, Wellcraft, Excess, Island Ribs and Farr X2.  Alongside our thriving sales of new boats we have a large range of used boats for sale.  We can offer part-exchanges, we can buy your boat for cash or we can sell  your boat via our brokerage service. 


Why choose us?

We understand that sometimes it is tricky to choose who to deal with when buying or selling a boat but Sea Ventures can offer you a GREAT DEAL in all senses of the word! Take a look at what we bring to the deal when you choose us...

JEANNEAU EXPERTS - We know our brand with over 3500 Jeanneaus sold in the UK, Europe and around the World

BEST PRODUCT RANGE - of new Yachts and Motorboats from Jeanneau, the largest boatbuilder in Europe

LARGEST Jeanneau distributor in the UK and one of the biggest in Europe

LARGEST STOCK - with a wide range of new and used Yachts and Motorboats in stock available for immediate delivery

PERMANENT BOAT SHOW - with a great range of new and used Jeanneau Yachts and Motorboats available to view. Its the largest display of Jeanneaus in the UK

PART-EXCHANGES - Not a problem, we give the best p/x deals so try us and prepare to be surprised

SELL YOUR BOAT -  Sell your boat with us by using our boat brokerage services

BEST LOCATION - On the Solent in the UK’s boating epi-centre or in our South West offices in Dartmouth or Plymouth

JEANNEAU CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE - We are THE people to visit for ALL your Jeanneau needs and knowledge.

AFTER-SALES and spare parts service for ALL Jeanneau owners world wide. We pride ourselves on excellent customer service

SPECIALIST Jeanneau Yacht and Motorboat brokers for the best choice and advice

BEST VALUE - We don’t sell the cheapest but we do supply the best value with our commercial supplier partnerships

BEST DEALS - Our volume and buying power ensure we get the best prices to pass on unbeatable deals. We win You win! 

LOYAL CUSTOMERS - our repeat business levels from existing clients are very high. We must be doing something right!

COMPLETE PACKAGES - available to include training transport chandlery etc. whatever our owners require

FOR SALE - You won’t find irritating “spoof” boats advertised with Sea Ventures. All boats exist & can be purchased NOW

JEANNEAU PASSION - We practice what we preach! Offshore, Inshore, Racing, Cruising, Motorboating

WINNING PERFORMANCE - on the race track, in magazine trials, at awards ceremonies

FORWARD DELIVERY - to the Mediterranean and other overseas locations a speciality

MARINE FINANCE - Competitive market beating variable & fixed rates, balloons and leasing products with manufacturer subsidies by SGB Finance

INSURANCE - Dedicated Jeanneau insurance.


The Sea Ventures & Atlantic Yachts Team


Nigel Colley

Managing Director

Prior to life as MD of Sea Ventures, Nigel was a yacht designer and boat builder which equipped him with a deep understanding of boat construction and design. At Sea Ventures, Nigel enjoys playing a part in helping his client’s dreams become a reality. Nigel’s own boating passion lies in offshore short-handed yacht racing. He’s raced solo across many oceans and has successfully competed in the Fastnet, Sydney Hobart and the Azores and Back race and many events organised by RORC, JOG and the Solo Offshore Racing Club. When he’s not racing yachts, Nigel enjoys hiking and keeping tabs on his 4 grown up children - they all think he’s a little bit mad - we best not tell them that he fancies packing up a camper van and taking off for 6 months!


Tim Harley

Sales Director

Having decided the life of a city slicker wasn’t for him, Tim ditched the suit and tie and skippered yachts in the Med, Caribbean and Australia before joining Sea Ventures in 2002. Tim brought with him a wealth of experience in problem solving, team management and the ability to react in a fast changing environment. He also arrived with an attitude of gratitude for life on the water. Tim enjoys the people that he works with; his colleagues and clients alike. He loves talking to fantastic people about boats. In his spare time, Tim is kept busy by his two young sons, who both share his passion for all things on the water. Away from the water, Tim can be found on the rugby touchline cheering his boys on and occasionally on the start line of a triathlon. We're not quite sure how he fits it all in, he just never stops!


Vicky Staley

Finance Director

Joining Sea Ventures in September 2022, Vicky became the newest member of the leadership team and is managing the financial strategy and operations. Vicky initially qualified with Ernst & Young and has over 20 years of experience in finance. She’s previously held other FD positions for leading software businesses and was the International Director of Finance for Boats Group. Away from the office, Vicky likes to keep fit and healthy. She loves getting out on the water and will often be seen kayaking or paddle boarding at the weekends. Family time is really important to Vicky, so she regularly enjoys going on bike rides or taking long walks with her husband, young son and pet dog.


Rob Cross

Sales Director

Rob has been involved with boats from a very young age. He was the 1996 laser nationals youngest competitor, YYC cadet captain and Plymouth College Sailing Captain.From there he has followed a pathway throughout his career within the marine industry, where he has developed a huge amount of knowledge and experience.
Rob heads up our South West division and is based in our Plymouth office, Devon.


Mark White

New & Used Boat Sales

Mark first worked with the team at Sea Ventures between 2001 and 2008 and then after a period of time selling new and used motorboats at a local dealership, returned to the team in 2015. Initially Mark was responsible for commissioning sailing boats at Sea Ventures but when he returned he flipped to the ‘dark side’ and took on a lead role in motorboat sales. Helping his clients realise their dreams of owning a boat is what brings Mark back to work each morning. Mark lives in the New Forest with his wife and 2 young children where he enjoys exercising his dogs and riding their horses out across the forest. He’s a keen cook and likes a pint in his village pub. When time allows, he can be found tinkering with a couple of old cars and is a fan of classic VWs.


Sam Archer

Aftersales Manager

Sam arrived at Sea Ventures from a local charter company where he was responsible for managing a fleet of boats and keeping them in good working order for their customers; this gave him a fantastic background in understanding how to repair and maintain boats which makes him the perfect fit to deal with any warranty issues that arise for our owners. Sam’s love of the water came from his childhood growing up in Cyprus and his perfect start to the day is a 5am paddleboard on the Solent or when the weather conditions and his family commitments allow (which can be a challenge with a 6 year old daughter and 2 month son old!) Sam enjoys trying to keep up with Tim on a wing-foil.


Chris Atterton

Jeanneau Powerboat Manager

Originally a Deck Officer in the Merchant Navy, Chris joined Sea Ventures in 2001. He has a ‘can do’ approach to selling, delivering and maintaining boats and likes to ensure that his customers return when it’s time to buy their next boat, “It means you got it right the first time!” A life long lover of boats, of all varieties, Chris has two daughters and a grandson. He also enjoys, “to cook a bit, to read a bit and to hike a bit.” Based in the West Country, Chris manages our Dartmouth office.


Nick Bonner

Race Yacht Specialist

Nick joined Sea Ventures to head up the Race Yachts division of the company. Nick has made a career as a professional sailor and brings an incredible depth of race boat and sail inventory knowledge to the team. He’ll be helping owners make the right purchase for their racing ambitions and ensuring their new boat is tuned up and sailing fast. Not only a fast yachtsman, Nick was previously an elite cyclist. In his spare time, Nick enjoys hanging out with his wife and three girls, who have just convinced him to add a puppy to their family!


Andrew Thornsby

Warranty Manager

Andy has been a great recruit for Sea Ventures with his wealthy background in warranty management and his extensive technical knowledge. He enjoys keeping our owners happy and their boats on the water. From an early age, Andy was obsessed with watersports and has enjoyed surfing and dinghy sailing for many years. He and his wife enjoy paddle boarding together accompanied by their black labrador. Off the water, Andy is a keen horticulturist and garden designer; his own garden may be small, but it’s packed full of interesting plants, including a ‘Liriodendron Tulipifera’, also known as the Tulip Tree!


Pauline Strange

Accounts Manager – Part Time

With an interesting background in the marine industry, Pauline joined Sea Ventures in 2016. Pauline is a career accountant and has a wealth of experience within her beloved marine industry. She's a strong team player and an accomplished problem solver. Pauline enjoys spending time afloat and planning holidays. She’s a keen cook, enjoys a good book and a walk to round off a busy day in the office.


Irene Jenkins


Irene is an integral part of the Sea Ventures team; drafting specifications, dealing with boat paperwork and completing registration documents - she’s a master at keeping the office ship shape. Her background in leisure boating makes her brilliantly suited to dealing with the many elements of her role. Irene is a committed cruising sailor and joined Sea Ventures in 2006 after returning from her 5th cruise of the Caribbean, Bermuda and Chesapeake. Irene enjoys travelling as much as possible and enjoys welcoming sailing friends met on her travels to stay. She’s a keen follower or rugby and enjoys a good book in her spare time.

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Charlotte Lawrence

Marketing Manager

Charlotte has joined Sea Ventures with over 20 years marketing experience spanning a wealth of different industries. With a passion for branding, comms, PR and digital marketing Charlotte is ideally suited to help take Sea Ventures to the next level and grow the business. An adrenalin junkie, she’s keen to get out on the water more and is determined to set aside time to learn to water ski this year. Off the water, she’s a keen rider with a competitive nature and can be found at weekends driving a 7.5t lorry to competition after competition with her two girls and three horses, watching them compete.

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Bret Perry

Performance Race Yachts

Bret has devoted himself to all things yachting for over 25 years. Having managed Sydney 38s, Farr 40s and other bigger boat campaigns the move to Europe was inevitable where he worked on the technical side of 2007 America's Cup, followed by the Volvo Ocean race in 2008/9. With a desire to get back on the water, his career then took a different turn with the introduction to the Mini 650 fleet in France where he sailed and promoted the RG 650 Hull #1. After 7 successful years Bret returned to Australia and the stars aligned when he obtained the Farr Yachts Australasia license and the Farr X2 was born. Now, Bret works closely with Nigel Colley and the all new Farr X2 is now built in Portugal and sold via Performance Race Yachts, a Sea Ventures sister brand.

Sea Ventures

Company Registration No. 6752600

VAT Registration No. 942723422

Registered Office:

Unit 17, Swanwick Marina, Southampton, SO31 1ZL

Atlantic Yachts

Company Registration No. 11433301

VAT Registration No. 303895104

Registered Office:

Unit 17, Swanwick Marina, Swanwick, Southampton, SO31 1ZL

Performance Race Yachts
Company Registration No. 10429617
VAT Registration No. 460667087
Registered Office:
Unit 17, Swanwick Marina, Southampton, SO31 1ZL
Hi Mark, You have done your industry proud. I have to say the professionalism shown by you and the firm has been exemplary and very much a pleasant surprise in a world where little effort and mediocrity is the norm. Thank you for all your hard work. Clive L (MF 855 Brokerage vendor)