, founded in 1999, is the largest search engine in the marine industry worldwide, with more than 230,000 boats in 144 countries. Its powerful URL makes is positioned as the first source for everything related to boating: news, tutorials, articles, videos, quizzes and boat ads. offers shipyards and its network of distributors marketing the most effective tools to promote and sell new and used boats worldwide. born as private start-up in San Francisco, California, to promote the Internet boom in the marine industry. In January of 2000, acquired YachtWorld, signing the first agreement in the marine industry for Internet content. A few months later, expanded its offering in the European market. Ian Atkins opened the first office in Fareham, England, to launch the portal in European markets. websites dedicated to UK, Germany, France, Spain, Italy and the Netherlands were created. was acquired in 2004 and in the next six years was devoted to the creation and publication of editorial content, video, tests and ads ships worldwide, ranking as the website where to find all information about the seamanship. In 2010,, YachtWorld and Boat Trader joined forces as the three major nautical portals to form Boats Group (then operated as Dominion Marine Media).

Boats Group was acquired by Apax Partners in July of 2016 and, in addition to, operates the leading recreational boating brands of YachtWorld, Boat Trader, CosasDeBarcos, Annonces Du Bateau, Botentekoop, Botenbank, Boten, and YachtCloser. The company continues to build best-in-class software to support the recreational boating community with a commitment to innovation and service, developing and applying leading-edge technology for our industry partners and a superior experience for prospective buyers.

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