COVID-19 and the Berthon Sales Group


The Berthon Sales Group remains open, working within the market place and observing COVID-19 best practices for the safety of our clients and our staff. In some cases, we are working remotely but we are all here and look forward to hearing from you during this difficult time – in all five international offices.

As an international brokerage sales group, offering a truly local and personal service in all our locations, below is a short description of the restrictions in operation in each of our offices. We will be updating this information regularly.

In locations where yacht viewings are permitted – these are carried out following these protocols –

  • The 2-metre distancing rule will be observed throughout your inspection.
  • We will provide gloves and a facemask and you and your party will be asked to wear these and not to touch faces during inspection.
  • A party must be a group from no more than two households and we will need to know how many of you will be coming to see us in advance of your visit.
  • Before your arrival the yacht will have been opened and the hatches opened also to allow a free flow of air throughout the yacht. The lights if applicable will be turned on. The yacht will have been isolated for 72 hours prior to your arrival and she will be opened by us whilst wearing PPE. If she has been boarded less than 72 hours before your visit, she will have been professionally ‘fogged’ and sanitised in preparation for your viewing.
  • We will describe the yacht to you on deck and below and we will remain on deck during your inspection to observe social distancing rules.
  • If you would like us to open up engine spaces and so forth, we would ask that you leave the yacht. We will open up, leave the yacht and then you can go below to inspect.

Your Local Broker, Internationally

Berthon UK (Last Updated 20-05-2021)

The UK saw a further ease in restrictions on May 17th. The ‘Rule of Six’ has been extended to indoor areas, meaning groups of six people or two households can meet inside at home and at pubs/restaurants. As the weather improves, we hope to see more clients able to visit us in Lymington. All necessary Covid protocols will remain in place to keep our staff and clients as safe as possible, including wearing masks at all times on site and respecting the social distancing we have all become accustomed to. Yachts are professionally ‘fogged’ and sanitised following any viewings or boardings, ensuring they are safe for the next visiting clients. We therefore ask you to contact us in advance to make an appointment. We continue to offer FaceTime viewings for those unable to visit, and to support and chat to our clients via phone, email, WhatsApp, Skype, and so on. We remain open for business and always welcome the opportunity to chat about yachts.

Berthon France (Last Updated 04-05-2021)

On 3rd May, France began to come out of national lockdown with the start of a tiered ease in restrictions. The curfew remains from 19:00 to 6:00. However, schools have re-opened and travel is permitted within 10km from home. From 19th May, the curfew will be shortened from 21:00 to 6:00, outside dining will resume with a maximum of 6 per table and restricted numbers will be allowed at public venues such as cinemas, museums and theatres. The curfew will shorten for a second time on 9th June from 23:00 to 6:00 and restaurant indoor dining will be permitted with a maximum of 6 per table.

Preparations for the summer season are underway at our La Napoule office with boat deliveries continuing as planned. Yacht viewings for those who can reach us can take place, whilst respecting social distancing protocols of course (limited numbers of people on-board, wearing masks etc.), and virtual viewings via FaceTime will also be possible. We are of course available and delighted to chat to our clients about boats via phone at any time.

Berthon Scandinavia (Last Updated 05-05-2021)

Our third wave of Covid 19 is ongoing with high rates of infection and hospital admissions. However, the vaccination program is progressing well and we are looking forward to an ease in restrictions this summer. In the meantime, restrictions remain in place on public meetings and non-essential shops, gyms and swimming pools remain closed. People are being asked to work from home where possible. We continue as before… and recommend viewing yachts digitally before viewing in person.

Berthon Spain (Last Updated 12-05-2021)

COVID cases remain stable in the Balearics and we have not seen any large spikes, even after the introduction of German tourists. The state of alarm has now come to an end. Any further restrictions must be enforced by the local municipalities. Restaurants are now able to open in the evenings between 20:00-22:30 but on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays they must close at 17:00, tables remain limited to 4 people. Up to 6 people from two different households are now allowed to meet socially but only outdoor gatherings are permitted. It is still mandatory to wear masks in public.

Our offices continue to work with COVID-19 best practice, keeping safe distances, wearing masks and working behind Perspex screens. Free travel for clients remains our biggest issue for yacht sales. However yacht tours via video, Zoom, FaceTime etc are increasingly popular and we are delighted to offer this to clients who are unable to visit. We can also organise surveys and third party inspections.

Berthon USA (Last Updated 07-05-2021)

Following a successful vaccine role out, we are delighted that life in Rhode Island is now getting back to normal. Restaurants are pretty much back to full capacity, although masks mast be worn whilst moving around. The Berthon USA team are all now fully vaccinated which is a huge bonus, meaning we no longer have to mask-up outside. Whilst quarantine rules still remain in place between some States, the team are now allowed to travel. We can confirm that (masked) yacht viewings are firmly back on and we are looking forward to a splendid summer! For those of you unable to visit, we continue to conduct virtual viewings aboard our yachts.

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With fair winds from the whole Berthon Team – who are keeping calm and carrying on! Please stay safe and well.

Berthon UK
(Lymington, Hampshire – UK)
Sue Grant
0044 (0)1590 679 222

Berthon France
(Mandelieu La Napoule, France)
Bruno Kairet
0033 (0)4 93 63 66 80

Berthon Scandinavia
(Henån, Sweden)
Magnus Kullberg
0046 304 694 000
Berthon Spain
(Palma de Mallorca, Spain)
Simon Turner
0034 639 701 234

Berthon USA
(Rhode Island, USA)
Jennifer Stewart
001 401 846 8404