Boatyards on the Broads

The following is a list of boatyards providing services and facilities to hire boats and private boats on the northern and southern Broads. The list includes brief information on each boatyard and my personal boat recommendations for boats bookable via the Hoseasons booking agency.

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River Ant


The Green by the Staithe at Stalham


Richardson’s have been offering boating holidays for over 70 years. This is a big boatyard with a fleet of over 290 boats. They have boats to suit all tastes and pockets in their Platinum and Classic fleets. The welcome at the boatyard is always friendly, their efficient staff will have you on the water in no time at all, boats are often ready before their scheduled take over time, something that can’t always be said of other smaller yards! This is my ‘go-to’ boatyard and has been for many years.

My favourite boats here include Melody, a light and airy sedan style cruiser. It affords a 360-degree view from the saloon with it’s large cockpit accessed through patio doors. Melody has an air draft of 7ft 8In, which is quite low for a sedan style cruiser. The Nanni diesel engine is mounted aft and is very quiet when underway.

Broadland Orion is a ‘proper boat’ and an old favourite with many Broads holiday makers. It is a centre cockpit with a rollback canopy and fold down sides. It moves through the water effortlessly and is idea for trips under Potter Heigham Bridge to the Upper Thurne, tides permitting.

Broadland Galaxy is another centre cockpit boat this time with an electrically operated canopy with fold down windscreen. It moves through the water well and is economical on fuel powered by the ever-popular Nanni diesel engine. It is an ideal family boat offering a variety of berth options and two toilet/shower compartments.

Water, diesel, pump-out, toilets, showers, moorings


Sutton Staithe

Sutton Staithe Boatyard

01692 581653

Water, diesel, pump-out, moorings

Ludham Bridge

Ludham Bridge Boatyard, River Ant

Ludham Bridge Boatyard

01692 668981

Water, diesel, pump-out

River Bure


Hotel Wroxham and the River Bure

Barnes Brinkcraft

Barnes Brinkcraft, a family owned and run boatyard situated in Wroxham on the River Bure. The boatyard has a modern fleet of over 80 cruisers from 2 berth to 12 berth. My personal favourites include Supreme Star, a centre cockpit style cruiser with sliding canopy and fold down windscreen. Benmore, another centre cockpit cruiser with a split sliding sunroof. Belmore a sedan style cruiser with a sliding roof and patio doors.

Water, diesel, pump-out, toilets, showers, moorings

Faircraft Loynes

In 1880 John Loynes opened his boatyard beside Wroxham Bridge hiring out boats. The boatyard is still here today, owned and run by the Gresley family. They have a modern fleet of boats ideal for your family holiday for parties of 2 –11 people including the pet dog. My favourite boat here is Fair Ambassador, it has an air draft with the cockpit and canopy lowered of 6ft 9in, ideal for passage through all the Broads bridges subject to tidal conditions.

Water, diesel, pump-out, moorings


Summercraft is a well-respected family run boatyard with over 60 years experience. Their modern fleet of 2 to 8 berth cruisers include forward, aft and centre cockpit boats ideal for your family holiday on the Broads. My favourite is Gainsborough Girl with its flying bridge, offering dual steering positions ideal for the spring and autumn.

Water, diesel, pump-out, moorings

Bridge Broad Marina ( Landamore’s)

01603  859296

Water, pump-out

Landamore’s (Hoveton)

01603 782212

Boat maintenance and engineering services, including crane and slipway for launching and recovery.


River Bure at Horning

Southgates Boatyard

01692 631330

Water, diesel, pump-out

Ferry Marina

01692 631111

Water, diesel, pump-out, toilets, showers, moorings

South Walsham

South Walsham Broad

Russell Marine

01603 270262

Water, diesel, pump-out


River Bure at Acle Looking Upstream


Bridgecraft are another family run boatyard with over 55 years experience on the Broads. They have an excellent reputation for customer service. Their boats may be a little older but they get great reviews on the Hoseasons website. My personal favourite is Tay Bridge a 2-berth front drive cruiser fitted with a handy GPS speed log. It’s ideal for the summer months with its split-sliding canopy and at only 28 ft long it’s easy to get into those tight spaces when mooring space is at a premium.

Water, diesel, pump-out, moorings

The Broads Boating Company

01493 750283

Water, diesel, pump-out, toilets, moorings

River Thurne


Pleasure Boat Dyke, HIckling - Photo by

Whispering Reeds

01692 598314

Water, diesel, pump-out, toilets, showers, moorings

Martham Ferry

Martham Ferry

Martham Ferry Boatyard

01493 748291

Water, diesel, pump-out

Potter Heigham

Herbert Woods Tower and Potter Heigham Bridge

Herbert Woods

01692 670711

Water, diesel, pump-out, toilets, showers, moorings

Phoenix Fleet

01692 670460



Water, diesel, pump-out

River Yare

Thorpe St Andrew (Norwich)

Freedom Boating Holidays Boatyard

Freedom Boating Holidays

01603 858453

Water, Calor gas, pump-out


Brundall on the River Yare

Silverline Marine

Colin and Lesley Dye together with their son Robert own and run Silverline Marine. The boatyard established in 1972 recently won the Hoseasons Boating in Britain Diamond Award for exceptional quality and outstanding service. Their boats are highly regarded by their customers, many book for the following year at the end of their current holiday. The range of boats include small 2 berth boats ideal for couples up to 8 berth boats suitable for two families. My favourite here is Silver Haze, built by the well-respected manufacturer Porter & Haylet. It’s a unique cruiser originally built for Connoisseur’s French fleets. It has dual steering positions with a high level sundeck, bow thrusters are fitted to aid handling.

Water, diesel, pump-out, moorings

Broom Boats

Brooms of Brundall are probably the most well known boat yard on the Yare. They started hiring sailing boats in 1912 and offered ‘skippers’ to sail the boats and do the chores.  After a long absence Brooms are again hiring boats through the Hoseasons agency. With sedan style cruisers being my favourite style of boat it will come as no surprise that my recommended boat here at Broom’s is the 35ft long Broom Captain.

Water, diesel, pump-out, toilets, showers, moorings

Now you can charter a luxury Haines motor cruiser, it’s just like owning your own boat! There are currently two boats you can charter through Hoseasons and I’m happy to say I can recommend both. Cover Girl is four berth, open plan cruiser with dual steering positions. She is very well equipped with hydraulic bow and stern thrusters to aid handling, electric mud weight, speed and depth indicators, electric flush WCs, flat screen TVs in both the saloon and master cabins and even a blue tooth sound system. Moneypenny is 6 berth and is similarly equipped.


Sanderson Marine at Reedham, River Yare

Sanderson Marine Craft

Sanderson Marine offer a friendly welcome from owner Colin Sanderson and a choice of 13 cruisers equipped for between 2 and 9 people.

Water, diesel, pump-out, moorings

River Chet

Loddon & Chedgrave

Boatyards at Chedgrave on the River Chet

Pacific Cruisers

01508 520321

Water, diesel, pump-out, moorings

Maffett Cruisers

01508 520344

Water, diesel, pump-out

River Waveney


Beccles the River Waveney and St Michaels Church

H. E. Hipperson

Hippersons, a long established boatyard offer for hire houseboats situated on the River Waveney within walking distance of the attractive market town of Beccles.

Water, diesel, pump-out

Burgh St Peter

Eddie II The Leaping Pike at the Waveney River Centre

Waveney River Centre

01502 677343

Water, diesel, pump-out, toilets, showers, moorings

All information is provided in good faith, please check with the boatyard before relying on any information provided above.

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