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 it’s cover and a pillow in a pillowcase, but not tea towels.

Buoyancy jackets are provided and their use is very much encouraged. There are no engines; you are provided with a quant pole for your convenience… although 3 of our yachts are now equipped with an ‘electric quant’. This is a Torqueedo unit consisting of a folding propellor fitted closely behind the keel (so as not to affect sailing), and a simple to use control unit in the cockpit. 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. The units are fitted to Lucent, Lustre, and Hustler 3.

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


Following the success of the Torqeedo Electric Propeller unit fitted to Lucent for 2018, for which we received partial funding from the Norman Foundation and Love the Broads, we decided to look into adding the units to two further boats in our Fleet.

We have been very fortunate to receive a Leader Grant which has partially funded the units which are now in operation on Hustler 3 and Lustre.

The units are optional to use, and there is a small charge for doing so if you choose to… £10 per day or £50 for a full week.  You can add the option of the engine when you book online by choosing the boat name followed by ‘E’.

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.



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