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 of people who live in the same household 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.
  • 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.
  • After your inspection, the yacht will be left open for as long as possible to clear any airborne residue. She will not be boarded by anyone else for a period of 72 hours after your inspection.

Your Local Broker, Internationally

Berthon UK (Last Updated 05-11-2020)

The UK enters a month’s lockdown on November 5th, normally better known as Guy Fawkes’ Night. During this period, the UK Sales team will be working, and the office will be manned although not open to clients. More of the team will be working from home than normal during this period. Our friends at Berthon Boat Company and Berthon Lymington Marina will also be working. As travel is not permitted in the UK over this period, except when essential, we will not be seeing clients on site or aboard yachts, but are of course always on hand for FaceTime viewings and also to do what we love best – chatting about yachts by phone, email, WhatsApp, Skype or Microsoft Teams etc.

Berthon France (Last Updated 20-11-2020)

Non-essential shops reopening – meaning we can have customers coming in the office; with a restriction of 1 person per 8 square meters (3 people max are allowed inside our office). We are not sure yet if we are allowed to make visits on-board boats. We can’t wait to know the new rules! Bars and restaurants remain closed. A further update should happen on December 15th.

Berthon Scandinavia (Last Updated 05-11-2020)

Västra Götaland, the area in Sweden that includes the island of Orust and surrounding cities such as Göteborg, Uddevalla and Trollhättan, has increasing numbers of COVID-19 cases now and is therefore under special restriction, valid until at least the 19th of November. At Berthon Scandinavia, we continue to work as we have done since the early spring. We avoid unnecessary meetings with others, thus, we are working remotely and our office is manned by one person. We are delighted to carry out video-based viewings instead of in person viewings which are not so practical at the moment.

We can do live viewings if the client is Covid negative. When we do real viewings, we do not shake hands, we keep our distance and we do not accompany our clients down below.

Berthon Spain (Last Updated 05-11-2020)

Life in the lovely Balearics continues without too much disruption. We have all got very used to wearing masks of course, ours have Berthon branding on, keeping our safe distances and working behind Perspex screens in the office. Clients continue to invest in their yachts as we all keep our fingers crossed for a stronger season next year. Whilst mainland Spain suffers a little more than we do, we feel confident in the government’s current approach to only restrict movement of municipalities where the virus is worse.

For yacht sales, our biggest issue is of course the inability of clients generally to travel freely. The summer was quite busy and successful – largely because clients could come here (and other locations) to see yachts. That is harder now. However, some clients have been willing to buy without seeing first hand – only by video, Zoom, survey, third party inspection, and we are delighted to help with any of these mediums.

Berthon USA (Last Updated 27-11-2020)

Rhode Island is currently going through a surge in COVID-19 positive cases and as a result is entering a two week ‘pause’ from next Monday 30th. Here are the state guidelines for the next 2 weeks:

This means our office may not be continually manned for the next 2 weeks – per Rhode Islands rules. Customers should call ahead to confirm. Our phones will be routed to the brokers individually, of course. We can still show boats virtually, and while non-state residents may have a harder time traveling to Rhode Island due to quarantine restrictions, we are still available to show boats in a safe manner.

A word from the Berthon Boat Company (Click Here)

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 Kullburg
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