Cabin Yachts

Welcome to our home of traditional wooden 1930s sailing craft; lovingly known as Percy’s ‘Lovely Ladies’.

You will need to be an experienced helmsman to hire one of our craft and good dinghy sailors really enjoy sailing our ‘Lovely Ladies’. Our craftsman built mahogany on oak traditional gaff sloop rigs have a boomed, self tacking jib and come furnished with 6’ 2” single berths with ample storage beneath and in the well.


The lifting cabin tops provide extra headroom and a full length awning can be erected converting the well into an extension of the cabin. Cooking is by gas in a fitted locker in the well. Lighting is by bulkhead oil lamps on the Lullaby Class yachts, and electric lighting in the Hustlers and Woods.

Each boat is fitted out with cutlery, crockery, saucepans and bedding, comprising of mattress protector, fitted sheet, duvet with its cover and a pillow in a pillowcase, but not tea towels.

Each yacht can accommodate one extra person on a floor mattress.

Buoyancy jackets are provided and their use is very much encouraged.

Most of our boats are engineless; but you are provided with a quant (pole) to help assist you. However, with more very kind and generous donation specifically towards more engine purchases, the Trust have now been able to fit a Torqeedo Electric Pod (engine) to seven of our fleet.

The first to receive the electric quant were Hustler 3, Lustre and Lucent.  After getting more donations and funding, Hustler, Luna and Wood Violet were installed ready for March 2020.  The Trust was then donated another engine which was installed in Wood Avens during the strange 2020 season.  Her electrics will be completed this winter refit so will be a great addition ready for the 2021 season.

These Torqeedo units consists of a folding propellor, which is fitted closely behind the keel (so as not to affect sailing), and has a simple to use control unit in the cockpit, most being by way of a side throttle.

Use of the electric pod is entirely optional, you just need to decide by the start of your hire if you would like to have the key or not. There is a small charge if you opt to take the key: £10 per day, or £50 for a full week.

We are always grateful for donations that help us to keep this beautiful Heritage Fleet in operation, and if you wish to make a donation, no matter how big or small you can send a cheque made payable to: The Norfolk Heritage Fleet Trust, and send it to Hunter’s Yard, Horsefen Road, Ludham, Norfolk, NR29 5QG or simply give us a call and make a donation over the phone.

Another way to support us is to join the Friends of the Fleet.  You can do this by following the instructions on the ‘Friends’ page on our website.