Helpful information when coming to Hunters Yard

Welcome to our useful information page.  We hope you will find this page helpful while planning your trip with Hunter’s Yard.

Just click on the box below to open the information contained in each section.

Finding us

Our Yard is sign posted on the main road once you’re in Ludham, the road sign reads, at the bottom, Horsefen Road – Hunters Yard. Once on Horsefen Road just follow it all the way down to the very bottom where you will find us on the right hand side.


Expected time of arrival

On arrival please visit the office which is located at the back of the shed on the left hand side.

Half Decker Hire – you can collect your boat anytime from 9:00am.

Cabin Yacht Hire:

Short break bookings -­- arrival time is between 11:00am – 2.00pm.

You can of course arrive after this time.

Full week bookings – arrival time is between 2:00pm-­-4:00pm.

If you will be later than 4:00pm please let the yard know by 3:00pm.

If you choose to arrive earlier your yacht may not be ready due to the turnaround time. (If you arrive after working hours without prior arrangement a charge may be made, please see our terms and conditions on your

Opening Hours during the season:

Monday – Saturday
Closed Sundays & Bank Holidays – (Unless otherwise arranged)


All craft are expected to be vacated by 9am on your departure date please.   Please leave your craft clean and tidy.

Details for your ‘Crew Sheet’ – All craft

Please note a new ‘crew sheet’ will need to be filled out every time you hire a yacht from us.

  • We need to know who will be on your yacht with you and who will be allocated as ‘Skipper’.
  • Emergency contact numbers ‐any numbers you will have with you on the yacht and any emergency contact number you have for someone at ‘home’.
  • Car registration number.
  • Life Jackets – You are welcome to bring your own life jackets but we do supply self activating jackets on board the cabin yachts, one per berth, as well as offering the ‘old style’ life jackets in the yard. We still use only the older style jackets on the half deckers.
  • Your signature – We will need you to sign your crew sheet to say that in case of any losses or damages to the boat/equipment you are willing to pay. For major damages the charge would be £250 for a cabin yacht or a half‐decker (per incident).

You will be given a copy of your crew sheet for your reference.

Extra equipment neededcabins

On board the yacht we supply the crockery, cutlery, pans etc (you can see a fuller list in the Inventory section on this page and our brochure page 23.) and other utensils but extra things you need are as follows:

  • Washing up liquid
  • Sleeping bags/bedding
  • Food provisions
  • Toilet roll
  • Sun tan lotion
  • Personal belongings
  • Water proofs
  • Torch

Extra gear, sailing and rowing dinghies

Have you remembered to book your extra gear if needed?

Fancy a sailing or rowing dinghy?

Please book in advance to save disappointment. (Charges do apply for these items)

How to find us

The yard is signposted on the main road once you’re in Ludham, the road sign reads, at the bottom, Horsefen Road – Hunters Yard. Once on Horsefen Road just follow it all the way down to the very bottom where you will find us on the right hand side. Our postcode is NR29 5QG.

You can see a map of our location on the Contact Us page on this website

B & B’s near the Yard

The Limes, Limes Road, Catfield, Great Yarmouth NR29 5DG – 01692 581221

Broadland Bed and Breakfast, Mark & Caron Stephens, West End Lodge, Norwich Road, Ludham, Great Yarmouth NR29 5PB – 01692 678420

Holly House Bed & Breakfast, The Street, Sutton, Norwich NR12 9RF – 01692 583105

Dairy Barns, Lound Farm, Hickling Lane, Hickling, NR12 0BE – 01692 598243

Public Houses with accommodation

The Crown Inn, The Street, Catfield NR29 5AA – 01692 580128

The Falgate Inn, Ludham Road, Potter Heigham, Great Yarmouth NR29 5HZ – 01692 670003

Shopping deliveries

We are only able to accept shopping deliveries if prior arrangement has been made with the yard staff.

Parking at Hunters

Parking at the yard is very limited as most of you know, so please be advised that all bookings are allocated only one parking space per boat. Should you require more please let us know in advance.

Please also note, extra vehicles may be subject to a small charge.

All vehicle registration numbers must be left with the Yard. Vehicles are left on the premises at owners risk.

Emergency Services

112 is an emergency telephone number that can be dialled free of charge from any telephone or mobile phone in order to reach emergency services. This service can be used if you have no signal on your phone.

To enable text messaging to this service you will need to register by texting ‘Register’ to 112, you will then receive a text, once you have read the text you reply ‘Yes’. [youtube id=”XPZv_8dABfU” width=”450″ height=”300″]

We hope you find this information helpful, if you do have any queries please do not hesitate to contact us.

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NEW since 2016

We provide bedding comprising of a Duvet (10.5 Tog), Cotton Duvet cover & Pillow Case, Fitted Sheet and a Mattresses cover.

Youth groups and school bookings have blankets and a pillow in a cotton pillowcase.


Each cabin yacht has crockery, cutlery and cooking utensils to accommodate the number of berths per boat, examples below:

Crockery, Cutlery and Glassware

  • Mugs
  • Drinking glasses
  • Dinner and side plates
  • Cereal bowls
  • Egg cups
  • Jug
  • Small mixing bowl
  • Salt & pepper pots
  • Knives
  • Forks
  • Desert and tea spoons
  • Per berth.

Kitchenware (Tin Gear)

  • Kettle
  • Frying pan
  • Set of saucepans with lids
  • Cooker: Grill pans are provided on the Hustlers and Woods – Baking tins and grill pans are provided on the Lullabys.
  • Kitchen knife
  • Bread knife
  • Paring knife
  • Slotted spoon
  • Fish slice
  • Tongs
  • Potato peeler
  • Bottle opener/cork screw
  • Tin opener
  • Scissors
  • Cheese grater
  • Chopping board

Miscellaneous items

  • Washing up bowls
  • Bucket
  • Bailer
  • Large black refuse sack
  • Sponge
  • J-cloth
  • Matches

Yacht Inventory

  • 5 litre water containers
  • Fenders
  • Quant
  • Rhond anchors
  • Mud weight
  • Sail ties
  • Spare ropes
  • Paraffin can for oil lamps and an information pack.

Information Pack contains

  • Ordinance Survey map
  • Broads tide table

Information sheets about

  • Gas certificate
  • Cooker instructions
  • Toilet instructions
  • Help information sheet
  • Showers & water facilities
  • Reefing
  • Broads Authority by-laws
  • Beaufort scale
  • River distance tables
  • Places to eat and drink
  • Local weather forecast
  • Sailing Made Easy book
  • Green book
  • The Broadcaster
  • and other local leaflets.


Pets are welcome – There is a £30 charge for pets due to the additional cleaning required. Please bring your own pet blankets with you.

Buoyancy Jackets

We provide the use of buoyancy jackets free of charge in a variety of sizes: babies, children and adults and recommend that everyone wears a jacket while on the boats.

Cabin yachts have self activating jackets allocated to each boat but can be changed to the crew saver style if preferred.

Half-deckers use the crew saver jackets

You are of course very welcome to use your own

2016 Hire Period

Cabin Yachts: 30th Mar to 4th Oct

(Our hire week runs from Saturday to Saturday)

Half Deckers: 27th Apr to 11th Oct

Things to bring with you:

Don’t forget…

  • Tea towels
  • Towels and your personal belongings

Things to include in your shopping

  • Washing up liquid
  • Salt & pepper
  • Cheap and cheerful toilet paper
  • Sun tan lotion.

Extra Gear

Extra gear for your optional extra person comprises of…

  • Pillows in pillowcases
  • Blankets and mattresses for the floor
  • Crockery and cutlery

Hunter’s Boat Information Packs

All the documents included in each boat’s information pack are available here for you to download and peruse at your leisure

Buoyancy Jackets

We strongly recommend wearing buoyancy jackets while on the water and for children on and around the waters edge.

Policy for use of Buoyancy Jackets

The Broads Navigation Byelaws

1995 Navigation Byelaws


Our CONTACT SHEET should provide enough info to get you the help you need. Whether from the Yard Staff, Emergency Services, Hospitals, Doctors, Dentists, Vets, Taxis, Pubs or Laundrettes

Local Weather Information

This sheet lists practical sources for obtaining up to date local weather information

Wind Speeds

Our guide to Wind Speeds and the Beaufort Scale

When and How to Reef Your Yacht

Detailed notes and guidance on when and how to Reef your Yacht in stronger winds

Local Tide Times

Tide times for the Norfolk Broads; both Northern and Southern Rivers

Distance Tables

Useful table of distances between locations on both the Northern & Southern Rivers

Moorings on the Norfolk Broads, Northern Rivers

Details of suitable mooring locations on the Northern Rivers

Local Places to Eat and Drink

Details of local Pubs, Restauraunts, Cafes, Fish & Chip Shops

Local Shops

Details of local shops were you can get provisions, includes opening times

Cost of lost and/or damaged boat equipment

Please note the replacement costs for items of boat equipment that may be lost or damaged during your period of charter

Pictures from your camera

We always enjoy getting photos from our customers. Please be guided by these notes on how best to send us your photos

Useful Downloads

We have compiled a list of useful resources that will help when staying on one of our boats here at Hunter’s Yard.

General Help 1/2 

General Help 2/2

Eating Out



Local Shops

Reading Wind Speeds


Organising Cruise Costs 

Terms and Conditions 

Customer Feedback Form

Please take a moment to make use of our Feedback Form to let us know how you enjoyed your time with us or to give us suggestions of enhancements/improvements.

We endeavour to ensure the information contained on this page is as up to date as possible but if you know different please let us know.

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