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Norfolk Broads Boat Hire February 2020 Newsletter

Get afloat this Easter from just £72 per person
The snowdrops and crocuses are already blooming, as if to say, Spring is on the way. Time to start thinking
about the first usable public holidays of the year. Easter is mid April this year, so the weather (hopefully)
will also be more Spring like. So why not make use of Good Friday and Easter Monday, to book a break
afloat on the wonderful Norfolk Broads?

Click the boat names for more information

Boat Name

Nights Sleeps Dates Cost Per person Boat images
3 4 10th April £330 £83



Fair Countess
3 6 10th April £692 £115

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3 6 10th April £775




4 12 10th April £912 £76



4 4 13th April £330 £83



4 6 13th April £773 £129



Fair Sovereign
4 6 13th April £907 £151

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4 8 14th April £1130 £141



Dream Gem
7 5 11th April £400 £80

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Tamar Bridge
7 6 10th April £987 £165

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Brinks Rhapsody
Barnes Brinkcraft
7 8 11th April £1760 £220



Superior Gem
7 10 11th April £721 £72

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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 towns and Villages - Great Yarmouth

Yarmouth Yacht Station

The Yacht Station at Yarmouth is located just after the second bridge you travel under coming from Breydon Water or just before the same bridge coming from the northern rivers. There is room for many craft and in the peak summer months you might expect to be double moored (side on to another boat) to make more room. The tide can run quite fast here so it is important to approach your mooring against the tide so that the current slows you as you approach the side. The moorings are manned usually from 8am to 8pm by rangers who will help you come alongside and ensure your ropes are tied correctly to take account of the rise and fall, which can be as much as six feet (around 2 metres) here. Water, toilets and showers are available on-shore. A 10 - 15 minute walk takes you into Great Yarmouth town centre and perhaps a further 15 minutes onwards to the sea.

Things to do: Great Yarmouth is a large seaside resort and amongst other attractions you will find a Sealife Centre on the seafront, two piers - Britannia and Wellington, The Marina Seafront Leisure Complex which houses swimming pools with a wave machine and slides, gyms, sports arenas and a children's adventure soft play park. There is also the Pleasure Beach with its funfair and the Hippodrome Circus. The beach-front stretches for miles and will delight the younger members of the family.

Eating and Drinking:
There is a huge choice of bars and restaurants in Great Yarmouth catering for all tastes. The nearest to the Yacht Station is the Kings Arms, located on Northgate Street, around 5 minutes walk away. The Suspension Bridge Tavern is closer, but is closed at the time of writing.

Other Services: There is an extensive shopping centre within the town centre including a small market and all major banks. Asda supermarket can be found adjacent to the nearby railway station. Aldi is closer near to the road bridge. Numerous takeaways are to be found nearby. The nearest GP surgery is on Lawn Avenue - around 15 minutes walk away.

TIP: Asda and Aldi supermarkets are a short walk from the moorings making it a good place to stock up with supplies for the rest of the holiday.

For more information and locations consult our Yarmouth map

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