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BHG Marine sale to Berthon's Lymington Marina 

David and Paul Martin pleased with the sale of their family business to a fellow family-owned company.

BHG marine sell to Berthons Lymington MarinaDuring February David and Paul Martin announced the sale of their family businesses, BHG Marine and Willow Marine, to Lymington Marina, a subsidiary of Berthon.

The evolution will see all BHG and Willow staff retained and both businesses continuing under Lymington Marina, and the sale is a big positive for BHG which had been seeking a satisfactory progression for its long established family business.

After 62 years’ service to the Marine Industry, David Martin will now enjoy his retirement. His son, Paul Martin, who himself has over 30 years' experience, will stay on as a consultant to both companies, providing vital continuity and expertise.

“As a long established marine specialist, with over 70 years’ trading, we are excited at the prospect of a bright future for both companies," said Paul Martin. "Both BHG Marine and Willow will retain all their staff and existing operations. The Lymington BHG site will move from their Bridge Road home in Lymington over the next few months to a new showroom in Bath Road. It was a difficult decision to sell the family business, but we are relieved and reassured that we have found another family-owned company, who recognise our expertise and reputation, and who will retain the company names and brand, and retain our loyal staff. I will be helping to build the company further. I thank Sean McQuitty from First Peninsular Marine on finding us the ideal buyer.”

Dominic May of Lymington Marina commented: “David and Paul Martin have spent a lifetime building up a brilliant business, and we thank them both to entrusting its future to us. The BHG and Willow purchases take into product areas which we don’t currently offer to our customers. We welcome all the BHG and Willow staff and we will use our strong balance sheet to provide BHG and Willow with a promising future.”

72 years in the Marine Industry

The sale of BHG Marine and Willow Marine comes just two years after the Lymington and Buckler's Hard based business celebrated its landmark 70th year in the marine industry. Bucklers Hard Garage and Marine (BHG Marine), founded by Bill Martin (Paul's grandfather) started trading in 1947 and looked after both the Auto and Marine machinery on the Beaulieu Estate that had remained after World War II. Read more about 70 years of BHG Marine.

BHG Marine has successfully navigated the peaks and troughs of the marine industry over the last seven decades by adapting the business and not to relying on one particular sector of the market. They have a strong brand and an even stronger ethos, focusing on good service and honest trading.

Today, Lymington based BHG Marine specialises in the sales, service and parts for Yamaha outboards, Jeanneau motor craft and Zodiac inflatables and RIBS. BHG also distributes in Europe the range of PropGuards and Hurley Davits, and in the UK it distributes Turboswing and Motortoter plus the Linder range of aluminium dinghies and canoes. 

Willow Marine trades as BHG Service through two sites at Bucklers Hard. The original Garage site services and repairs all brands of outboard motors and small craft. The Chandlery and Boat Yard operation offers additional inboard diesel engine servicing and maintenance. Willow Marine distributes the range of Rigiflex boats in the UK.