W Bates & Son are one of the long standing boatyards & marinas on the River Thames today, established over 150 years ago as "Taylor and Bates" building their first boats in the late 1800s.
W Bates & Son was formed in 1934. During the war with over 150 employees, air sea rescue vessels, sea plane tenders and the like were built for the MOD. Just after the war, the arrival of the famous and now classic "Star Craft" went into production. W Bates & Son were the founding boat building company at the conception of the now London Boat Show, exhibiting a 25', 33' & 40' Star Craft in the "Marine Section" of the 1948 Motor Show in Olympia.
Established in 1992 by Richard Bates and David de Vere, Bates Wharf Marine Sales is well known as one of the leading boat brokers, and specialists in Sports Boat & Cruisers. In 2007, £1.7 million was invested into the largest boat showroom and chandlery on the river Thames. This complements our existing marina and workshop facilities.
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