Free Boats For Sale - Norfolk Broads Stalham

Published date: October 6, 2021
Modified date: October 9, 2021
  • Location: Stalham, Norfolk, United Kingdom

Welcome to the Norfolk Broads Forum Classifieds 


section of our website.


Here you will find boats for sale on the Norfolk Broads.


This website is free for everybody to advertise.


You will find boats for sale in Norfolk and Suffolk.


Everything from dinghies, 


houseboats, 


motorboats


narrowboats, 


paddle boats, 


sailboats, 


wooden boats, 


boat parts 


and even 


engines.


Whether you are looking for an ex-hire boat for sale on the Norfolk Broads or a private boat with a mooring? 


You will find everything you need on this website.


If you have any questions about the Norfolk Broads whatsoever? 


Please also be aware that there is a fully-fledged 


Norfolk Broads Forum on this website and feel free to post any questions that you may have on there.


Boat Buying Guide.


Ex-hire Boats For Sale On Norfolk Broads.


There are believed to be approximately 12,000 watercraft registered on the Norfolk Broads which all pay an annual Broads Toll to the Broads Authority.


The vast majority of these boats are privately owned, however, there are a large number of hire boats and ex-hire boats do come on the market on a regular basis. In fact, many people buy an ex-hire boat on the Norfolk Broads.


There are pros and cons to buying an ex-hire boat. Ex-hire boats will have had a lot of passengers and use. They will have had a lot of maintenance, however, they will also have sustained a lot of damage at times and will therefore have had a lot of repairs.


These Norfolk Broads hire boats are often decades old and as with all old GRP boats, one main concern is osmosis. This can often be hidden by layers of antifoul. The best test is with a moisture meter on the inside of the hull whilst the boat is on dry standing. Preferably after the boat has had time to dry out properly.


These boats do seem to sell quickly and are popular so they do sell for thousands of pounds.


If you are interested in buying an ex-hire boat on the Norfolk Broads? I would recommend a boat survey whilst the boat is out of the water.


Narrow Boats For Sale On Norfolk Broads.


Narrowboats are not nearly as prevalent on the Norfolk Broads as most might expect. They are about, however, they are few and far between.
The Norfolk Broads consists of rivers and man-made lakes and narrowboats are primarily made for canals.
The northern waterways are the best option for using narrowboats as the tidal range and currents are far less when compared to the southern Broads. The waterways on the southern side do have some areas of very strong currents.
Under the right conditions, a narrowboat could be used in certain areas but personally, I would avoid buying a narrowboat if it is going to be used on the southern Broads which is effectively anywhere south of Great Yarmouth.


Sailboats For Sale On Norfolk Broads.


Sailing is a very popular form of boating on the Norfolk Broads and is enjoyed by many many people.
There are all types of sailboats on the Norfolk Broads, however, one consideration must be taken into account before you buy a sailboat and that is can it pass under the many low bridges?
Traditional Norfolk Broads sailing boats will have a wooden mast which is very simple to lower. This involves little physical effort and also that applies to putting it back up again so going under a bridge can be achieved easily. This is not true for all sailboats.
if a sailboat does not have a mast Tabernacle then basically the boat is going to be severely restricted on where it can and can't travel.
iI addition to a folding mast, an a-frame or a gin pole is an essential item to lowering the mast. This is especially true if the mast is of considerable weight.
If a person was to purchase a traditional coastal sailboat on the Norfolk Broads and it didn't have a tabernacle or an a-frame, then it is going to be useless on the Norfolk Broads as a sailboat. It will not be possible to go across the 120 miles of navigable waterways.
Due to this fact it is possible to buy a coastal sailboat on the Norfolk Broads considerably cheaper than it would be on the coast. The majority of boaters people don't want to incur the inconvenience of having to lower and raise the mast.
A good choice of sailboat to buy on the Norfolk Broads is a trailer sailor. They have a lot of positive aspects to consider when thinking about buying a sailboat. Firstly, the masts are usually light and can be lowered with ease. In addition, having a trailer means you don't have to worry about a mooring fee which makes your boating costs a lot less. You can effectively drop the boat in the Norfolk Broads and pull it out whenever you wish.
 For one or maybe two people, having a cabin, a little cooker is ideal for a weekend break.
Another aspect to take into consideration is the draught of the boat because the Norfolk Broads is mainly very shallow.
Whilst a single keel or a drop keel may be a better option for tacking on the Norfolk Broads, having bilge keels also has advantages because there are areas where the Norfolk Broads does dry out. Having a bilge keel means boats are going to be able to stay upright. There are a lot of factors to consider when looking for a sailboat for sale on the Norfolk Broads and it's very easy to make an error in purchasing. Before you commit to buying a sailboat on the Norfolk Broads make sure you can go under the many low bridges and also that you can lower the mast and it is not going to run aground. 

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