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Turn your passion into a career - set a new course from pleasure boater to French boat broker

PUBLISHED: 09:50 19 September 2019 | UPDATED: 09:44 11 October 2019

It's time for someone else to enjoy turning their passion for boating into a successful career. Picture: Graham Wharmby

It's time for someone else to enjoy turning their passion for boating into a successful career. Picture: Graham Wharmby

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Don't miss the boat on a rare opportunity to turn your passion into a successful career. Graham Wharmby enjoyed pleasure boating for 15 years before moving to France and taking the plunge to build a successful Boatshed brokerage.

You could have the chance to run your own boat brokerage and live and work by the canal in Burgundy, France, Picture: Graham Wharmby.You could have the chance to run your own boat brokerage and live and work by the canal in Burgundy, France, Picture: Graham Wharmby.

Plaisance Fluvial Conseil is a successful, profitable boating business in Burgundy, France. As he prepares for retirement, Graham explains how running your own boat sales company in France could prove to be the job of your dreams.

The dream life - working and living on the French waterways

"This is a rare chance for someone to work and live in this beautiful place, become part of an exciting business venture and push the brokerage even further," said Graham.

The already successful business is well positioned to grow, having been named Boatshed brokers of the year three years in a row from 2014 to 2016. Picture: Graham WharmbyThe already successful business is well positioned to grow, having been named Boatshed brokers of the year three years in a row from 2014 to 2016. Picture: Graham Wharmby

The new owner would have the opportunity to run the yacht brokerage, live in a typical French property by the canal and develop a marina on the site - all with the support of international boat sales company and well known brand, Boatshed.

Boatshed brokers of the year

"Since 2011, the business has grown from strength to strength and has helped put Boatshed on the map for inland waterway vessels - something they weren't previously well known for," Graham explained.

Enjoy living in your home by the canal as you work on the French waterways. Photo: Graham WharmbyEnjoy living in your home by the canal as you work on the French waterways. Photo: Graham Wharmby

The already successful business is well positioned to grow, having been named Boatshed brokers of the year three years in a row from 2014 to 2016.

Build on an established business, develop and grow a marina

"This is a successful business venture, perfect for someone to step in to. With plans to develop a marina already started, a new owner could come in and move the business on to the next level right away," Graham added. "If I were twenty years younger I wouldn't be giving this up, but as it stands I am ready to pass over the reigns to someone else."

Becoming a boat broker

Graham said: "You don't need to have previous brokering experience. Full training and on-going support are given. If you have enthusiasm and passion, that's the best foundation for expertise and knowledge to come later."

For an enthusiastic pleasure boater, like Graham was, this could be the ideal opportunity for someone to turn their passion into a career. "It's a brilliant opportunity for someone who is nuts about boats and enjoys meeting and talking to people," he added.

New owner's chance to step up

"I've enjoyed an amazing life, now it's time to hand over the nautical wheel to someone else and let them make the marina a reality," Graham said. "This doesn't mean I won't be around to help. For whoever does step in to take over, I will be here to offer as much help and support as they need and 24/7 service support line from Boatshed is there for someone to use whenever," he added.

If you're crazy about boats and want the chance to live and work in France for a fraction of the price it would cost in England, this could be your chance. For more information visit bourgogne.boatshed.com or contact Graham at boats@boatshedbourgogne.com or on +33 6 58 33 11 63.

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