Almost 17 wooden feet of Norfolk perfection gently slid into the water and puttered up Morston creek to cheers and applause from spectators. Retired City of London businessman Mr Faire, 56, from Haverhill, Suffolk, will keep The Auk at Morston and plans to use it for mackerel and bass hobby fishing, and pleasure trips.a€?Messing about in boats is what I love doing,a€? he said. BOAT BULDING AND MAINTENANCEExpertise in Boat Building and RepairGreat Yarmouth has a long tradition of expert boat building and repair, meeting the needs of a range of vessels operating in the North Sea as well as the specialist boats operating on the world famous Norfolk Broads nearby.
Goodchild Marine, for example, recently delivered two new 17.5 metre pilot launches to Estuary Services Limited, a joint venture between the Port of London Authority and Medway Ports.
Founded in Great Yarmouth 36 years ago, Goodchild Marine has developed modern facilities in Burgh Castle, just upriver.
Goodchild Marine owns a specialist cutter-suction dredger designed for dredging awkward, small spaces, and this has worked in marinas, rivers and docks throughout the UK.
In recent years, Goodchild Marine has specialised in building pilot boats, survey vessels and electric-driven environmental launches. The company has since developed 22 and 24-metre boats, and has a 28-metre design ready for Round 3 of the offshore wind farms.
Gardline’s long-established Richards Dry Dock has also been rebranded under the Alicat name. More than ?1.6 million has been invested in a major overhaul and upgrade of Alicat’s facilities in the past two years. The boat lift has been busy – doing lift-outs at a rate of two or three a week already, including fishing and leisure craft, and as the next round of wind farms gets under way off the coast of Great Yarmouth, there will be much higher demand for servicing the small workboats involved. In March 2014, Alicat Workboats announced that it had received ?165,000 of funding from the Coastal Communities Fund, to help towards the cost of building a new all-weather facility at the Great Yarmouth yard. The family-run boatyard, which dates back to 1946, also carries out electrical and mechanical engineering work, boat safety examinations and stainless steel fabrication. The 2014 Motor Boat Awards were handed out last night at a glittering ceremony at the famous Landmark Hotel in London’s Marylebone.
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While a large number of the boats photos are of the individual boat, some companies use one photo of that type of boat.If you are interested in a boat, Click on the More Info link for the booking website where you can get more information, check availability and read customer reviews, prior to booking. Brundall is on the River Yare and is a good base for boating holidays being located between Great Yarmouth and Norwich. We advertise a large selection of cruisers and a few house boats available in Brundall Norfolk. Luxurious and contemporary bespoke houseboats situated in Brundall 6 miles from Norwich with easy access by road and rail fitted out to an exceptionally high standard.
A long established family boatyard which designs and builds all its own boats which means that the range on offer has been developed to match the needs of today’s Broads holidaymakers. With single level living throughout this practical cruiser is ideal for both new and seasoned boaters. Your first impressions on arrival at this immaculately maintained boatyard are carried through into the professional handover and beautifully prepared boats adding up to give you the perfect Broads holiday experience.
Perfect for two couples or a family with versatile seating in the elevated stateroom and two ensuite cabins. A modern take on a classic design with an electric canopy and versatile seating in the high level saloon. Spacious forward steering cruiser ideal for a couple with lighting to outside seating and steps. A modern cruiser which offers a sleek and stylish exterior with dual steering positions and an impessive elevated sundeck. Sporty aft steering cruiser ideal for first time boaters and great for sunbathing al fresco dining and fishing.
This stylish compact cruiser is the ultimate in luxury for couples that want to embrace the great outdoors.

Fully restored to a high specification providing all season comfort with a hard top design and a raised helmsman seat beautiful master cabin and comfortable dining area.
The Commodore boasts all of the benefits of the Broom Captain along with an additional berth meaning that you can sleep up to six on board. A son also named Robert, was a boat builder and built Norfolk Wherries on what was know as the “Salt Side” which is on the east side of Mutford Lock.
Robert Richardson Father of the present owner served his apprenticeship as a marine engineer and worked for many years at Chambers shipyard on Lake Lothing, Oulton Broad.
In 1944 Mr Richardson purchased their first motor cruiser “Mac Nab” from C Paget-Clark.  In Early 1944 Mr Richardson Snr and Jnr bought Old Mill House Boatyard in Oulton Broad. By 1957 the Hire Fleet had outgrown the Oulton Broad sites, which were Parkers Yard which later became Hamptons, Old Mill House Boatyard on Commodore Road and 2 boat dykes in Carlton Ham as well as a boat building yard on Lake Loathing which was sold to Fred Newson. After missing purchasing the riverside estate in Brundall, Robert’s mother Dora saw the advert for the auction of Brightside Guest House in Stalham which was purchased at the auction by Mr Richardson in 1957.
In 1974, the whole of the Stalham boatyard, together with the fleet of 244 Cruisers, was sold to the Rank Organisation. In 1980 Mr Richardson purchased a small building site in Stalham High Street, which is now let as light industrial units as is the site at Catfield.
The fleet continued to increase and in 1986, the Horning Boatyard was purchased from the Rank Organisation, originally known as “Caribbean Cruisers”, later renamed “Blue Line”, and now known as “Horning Pleasurecraft”.
In Early 1993 the Company diverted into a new venture with the purchase of both Mundesley Holiday Centre on the North Norfolk Coast and Brightstone Holiday Centre on the Isle of Wight.
In March 1998 Scottish & Newcastle decided to sell their Pontins site adjacent to the Hemsby Beach site.
On the 15th May a further purchase was made this time from the Haven Holidays organisation in the form of Summerfields Holiday Village at Scratby. The Millennium was to see another direction for the Company as it diversified once more this time into the area of Public Houses with the purchase of The Limes at Fakenham in North Norfolk now known as the Garden House. November 2003 saw the purchase of Beverley Chalets adjacent to Summerfields and these chalets were added to Summerfields inventory of accommodation prior to the 2004 season. Thames Yards, Hearts Norwich, Savoy, Waterfront Place, Mundesley Holiday Village,The Blueberry, Racecourse Inn and the Angel have since been sold.
Great Yarmouth’s boat yards are also firmly focused on investment and innovation, as they develop the facilities and technologies needed to serve new and evolving marine sectors and deliver exciting new vessels to meet some very specific and demanding working conditions. The vessels, costing ?2 million, are used for transferring pilots to and from the ships they guide into and out of the Port of London and Port of Sheerness.
The company is known throughout the UK and abroad for quality and innovation in designing, building, repairing and refitting commercial and leisure vessels up to 20 metres or more. Recently it upgraded this design for a major UK marina owner and had the aptly named MarinaMaster 8000 built in Italy by a specialist dredgerbuilder. Refits and repairs have been carried out on pilot boats, Broads Authority launches, fishing vessels, cabin cruisers, wherries, narrow boats and many others. Although the purpose of Alicat was to build crew transfer vessels for operators to go to and from wind farm construction sites, the company has taken care not to be confined to the ‘renewables box’ and is also working on fishery boats, tugs, leisure craft and oil and gas vessels. This included modifying the country’s last working timber dry dock into a new state-of-the-art liftout wet dock, and also the purchase of a Wise 200-tonne mobile boat lift, which can lift vessels of up to 40 metres in length, 11 metres wide and 200 tonnes in weight out of the water – quickly and at virtually any time. This facility will enable Alicat to have year-round maintenance, repair and construction, which will create new employment opportunities for apprentices and skilled personal alike. Some of the wooden boats available for hire from Martham Boats were actually designed and built at the yard in the 1940s and 1950s – today, its staff continue that tradition, being fully experienced in traditional wooden boat building methods. Where the race came especially close in some sectors, a highly commended prize was awarded.
Cruises from this area can include the picturesque sites of Bramerton Common and Surlingham Marsh. Moored upon a secluded waterway within the security of a well maintained marina offering plenty of opportunities for exploring the local area with well-lit walkways and lawned areas bordering the river. From couples looking for romance families spending quality time together to groups of friends looking for spacious twelve berth comfort there is something for everyone.
The superb fleet is convenient for some of the best Broads cruising including the City of Norwich.

As standard they offer well-appointed boats equipped with all modern fixtures and fittings. It features an impressive saloon with folding door access to the rear sun deck and a contemporary fitted galley.
Lavish in saloon and sun deck space and complete with everything you could wish for on board. He is mentioned several times in Ted Frost’s book “From Tree to Sea”, which is the story of wooden steam drifters.
Therefore, Mr Robert Richardson Jnr, who had taken over the running of the business, started looking for larger premises on the Northern Broads. Mr Richardson owned a 30% share in this company and it started to build fibreglass boats for the fleet at Stalham, eventually he set up his own building operation on the Stalham yard under the Name of “Horizon Craft”. When the yard was sold, Mr Richardson purchased a motor repair garage at Catfield where he erected a T2 aircraft shed and moved his boat building operation. The boats had deteriorated both structurally and mechanically and they all needed major work. Next in April 1991, came three boatyards on the River Thames originally known as “Maidboats”, these were also purchased from the Rank Organisation and renamed “Benson Pleasurecraft”, “Maidline Cruisers” and “Ferryline Cruisers”. Sadly one evening in August 1995 Brightstone, one of the oldest Holiday Centres in England, caught fire, destroying the main complex, bringing to an end 60 years of catered holidays. This site Seacroft Holiday Village has been the subject of an ongoing schedule of refurbishment. The Blueberry in Norwich came on line in July 2000 a small but very popular live music pub. Richardson is still involved in the running of the business and comes into the Stalham base every day.  He has recently started handing the reins over to his sons Paul and Clive. Fast, reliable and fuel-efficient, the Estuary Elan and Estuary Elite (top speed of 28 knots) feature innovative ‘beak bows’ to enable them to cut through the water easily in challenging conditions. Alicat, a subsidiary of Gardline, was launched in 2009 with the initial focus on building 20-metre specialist aluminium catamarans to support the energy and renewables market, as well as offering a full repair and servicing facility.
Martham Boatbuilding and Development Company provides a wide range of services, including boat building, repair and restoration, and boat hire.
Shops inns restaurant nature reserve and bird sanctuaries are all within walking or rowing distance.
Over 40 years of experience means you are assured of a committed and skilled service excellent tuition for first timers and a friendly welcome which brings visitors back year after year. You are ideally located to explore the historic City of Norwich or visit the many other market towns and villages on the Norfolk Broads in addition to the picturesque wetland areas. Next on the list of acquisitions came Hemsby Beach Holiday Village a self catering site at Hemsby on the East coast of Norfolk, which started trading under the New Horizon Banner on 1st June 1996. The following year 1999 saw the purchase of another Pontins site, South Downs Holiday Village at Bracklesham Bay near Chichester. They had four sons, one of whom was named Robert after his Grandfather; the others were Frank, Jack and Dick. Mr Richardson Jnr bought 4 row boats from Joe Dunnet for ?36 in the early part of the war, before he was “called up”, and his father let them for him during the War, in addition to the existing fleet of day boats. During the next 15 yrs he increased the fleet and purchased extra plots of marshes surrounding the original site at Stalham to create the largest boatyard on the whole of the Norfolk & Suffolk Broads.
This was closely followed by The Savoy Holiday Village on the Isle of Wight, formerly known as the Savoy Country Club. The fleet rose to approximately 750 boats after purchase of boat yards’ hire fleets and individual boats. The latest acquisition in September 2007 was the Hog in Armour public house in the centre of Norwich.

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