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Norfolk Broads Boat Hire February 2019 Newsletter

Spring Bank Holiday 2019.
Spring bank is regarded as the start of the real Norfolk Broads boating season. All infrastructure is open and
with luck, the weather will have changed for the better. So clear the cobwebs away with a holiday on the
Norfolk Broads from £75 per person. These are just a small selection of available boats
Click the boat names for more information

Boat Name

Nights Sleeps Dates Was Per person Boat images
Summer Horizon
4 5 27th May £477 £95

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Brinks Jazz
Barnes Brinkcraft
4 4 27th May £556 £139


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San Francisco
4 6 27th May £700




Brinks Serenade
Barnes Brinkcraft
4 6 27th May £1206 £201




4 6 27th May £1413 £236




4 10 27th May £751 £75



San Domingo
7 4 25th May £681 £170

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Bright Horizon
7 4 25th May £715 £178

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Fair Royale
7 6 24th May £1655 £414

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Westminster Bridge

7 7 24th May £1439 £206



Barnes Brinkcraft

7 8 24th May £1307 £163



Brinks Rhapsody
Barnes Brinkcraft

7 8 25th May £2403 £300



Prices shown are the accommodation charges taken from the Hoseasons reservation system, and do not include damage waiver or fuel deposit. Prices are correct at the time of writing but remain subject to change.
Full terms and conditions available on the Hoseasons website
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This Month's news and features

Bow thrusters - what are they and do I need them?
You are most likely to see bow thrusters installed on latterly built cruisers on the Norfolk Broads. Bow thrusters are small propellers situated on either side of the bow (front) of a boat below the waterline. A control at the steering position will fire either the port (left) or starboard (right) side propeller, thus pushing the bow one way or the other. They are not essential but do make life easier in tricky conditions where you might need to manoeuvre your craft into small spaces. They are also ideal for those people who need to take their time in stepping ashore given that the thruster will hold the boat against the bank.

Norfolk Broads City, town and Village lowdown - Neatishead

The moorings at Neatishead

The small village of Neatishead is situated at the end of one of the dykes which diverge out from the river Ant. To get there you will pass under Ludham Bridge, cruise past the charming village of Irstead, enter Barton Broad then take the left hand channel which takes you across the Broad. A sign post directs you to Gays Staithe and Neatishead. Both offer access to the village though the latter is much nearer. Gays Staithe is a pleasant mooring spot amongst the trees but has no services. A little further down the narrow winding dyke you come to Neatishead staithe. If you want or need to turn your boat it is worth knowing that there is a small dyke just past the entrance to the staithe which allows for this.

A picture of the staithe is shown above and you can see it is one way in and one way out. It is barely wide enough to turn a boat so reversing in should be a consideration unless you can claim a mooring spot close to the staithe entrance. Moorings are free for up to 24 hours and you will find water and a refuse disposal point on-site. The village centre is a 5 to10 minute walk from the moorings - turn right as you exit the staithe. You will pass a small village store and many attractive houses before reaching The White Horse Inn, which is at the centre of the village.

Local Attractions: Barton Boardwalk is around 45 - 60 mins walk away on the same road which passes Gays Staithe moorings and is sign-posted. You can shorten the journey time by around 15 minutes by mooring at Gays Staithe if you prefer. The walk is pleasant and through open countryside. The Boardwalk itself takes you though waterlogged carr woodland and local vegetation until you happen on a grand vista of Barton Broad. Amazingly, this is the only spot you can view the Broad from without being on the water.

Eating and Drinking: White Horse Inn - Restaurant and bar food. To be found on the main street. Well thought of pub with excellent food and a variety of guest ales. May be wise to pre-book if you are eating at evenings and weekends.

Services: A small village community store is around 5 minutes walk from the staithe, en-route to the village centre.

TIP: You will likely approach the moorings in such a manner that you will have to reverse out again on departure. If there is room, consider turning your boat around in the dyke using a rope from the bow (front) passed to someone on the opposite bank, who can then pull the craft around. This is much simpler than trying to reverse out, especially if other boats are moored either side of the dyke.

For more information and locations consult our Neatishead map

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