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Hunters Yard

Hunters Yard is situated in Ludham on Womack Water just off the River Thurne, on the beautiful Norfolk Broads. This is the home of Percy Hunter’s unique fleet of traditional 1930s wooden sailing yachts, lovingly known as Percy’s ‘Lovely Ladies’.

Vintage Yachts

Percy’s ‘Lovely Ladies’ form a fleet of vintage, gaff rigged, fixed keel sloop yachts equipped with self-tacking jibs. They have no engine or electric power; instead have oil lamps, a gas cooker and enjoy an enviable reputation for their superb sailing qualities! You really can get away from it all on these girls. However, because of the lack of engine you will need to have some sailing experience to be able to take one these ‘ole gals’ out.

image of one of Hunters Yard`s cabin yachts on the Norfolk Broads

Famous `Girls`

The ‘girls’ are even famous! – Lullaby was Teasel in the BBC production Swallows & Amazons Forever. Teasel’s transom and her dinghy Titmouse can still be seen here at the Yard.
More recently, Griff Rhys Jones used our Wood Rose in one of the episodes of his programme The Rivers.  We even let them leave in the part where he nearly falls off Rose while trying to quant through Potter Heigham Bridge.  (Some people will just not accept instruction.  )

Our Yachts have also been used in modelling shoots, specialised sailing publications and are often referred to in the general press.

Norfolk Heritage Fleet Trust

The Norfolk Heritage Fleet Trust owns Hunter’s Yard; a charity set up to preserve the Fleet back in 1996.  The Trust is also actively supported by a ’Friends’ organisation with a current membership of over 900 families.  It was established to support the Yard’s Fleet of

hunters-yard-slider-4Hunter’s Yard is owned by the Norfolk Heritage Fleet Trust, a charitable trust, established to preserve the Fleet. The trust is actively supported by a Friends organisation, with a current membership of over 900 families. It was established to support the Yard’s Fleet of hand built cabin yachts and wooden half deckers. Percy’s ‘Lovely Ladies’ are very much cherished, loved and admired.

The Fleet is maintained to an extremely high standard by a small number of skilled and dedicated staff who give them lots of ‘TLC’.

Come & Sail our Yachts

Come sail our yachts, feel the wind in your hair, listen to the water lapping against the hull and enjoy the sounds of our abundant local wildlife as you relive the tranquillity and peace of a bygone age.

For more information on Sailing Holidays, Sailing Tuition, Half-Decker Sailing (day boats), Skippered Sails, RYA Keelboat Courses, Cabin Yacht Conversion Courses or sailing on the Norfolk Broads in general, please give us a call.


Opening Hours

Mon - Sat: 8:00am to 4:30pm

Closed Sundays

& Bank Holidays

Winter Opening Hours

10th October to 29th March

Mon - Fri: 8:00am to 4:30pm

Closed Weekends