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Norfolk Broads Boat Hire – Wild West Waterways

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Large Broads Hire Boat
Large Broads Hire Boat
Norfolk Broads boat hire is quite possibly the last destination for total freedom and relaxation within England’s waterways. It is also the United Kingdom’s largest dodgem park where literally anything goes.
Very Common Hire Vessel Type
Very Common Hire Vessel Type
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Firstly, if you are looking into buying a boat on the Norfolk Broads? then please make use of this forum website. This website is updated daily with boats for sale exclusively within the Norfolk Broads.

So what can we learn about hiring a boat on the Norfolk Broads?
Day boats are literally everywhere and can be hired at most destinations.
Overnight boats which are available to be hired for extended periods of time from days to weeks are mostly available on the North Norfolk Broads. Some smaller companies do exist on the Southern Norfolk Broads. Most northern companies can be found at Hoveton, Wroxham, Stalham and Potter Heigham.
Typical Sized Hire Boat
Typical Sized Hire Boat
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Are They Too Big For The Broads?

From a private boater perspective, the hire boats are commonly perceived as over-sized. Hire boats are in many ways a large problem as the damage is rife. Compensation is also hard to pursue.

Despite the negative aspects of the hire boat industry and the unwillingness of the large hire boat company owners to take moral and ethical responsibility for their own vessels, the industry does have a positive side too. Much revenue is brought to the area mainly for pubs, restaurants, shops, pump-out operators and diesel suppliers.

Are The Norfolk Broads Hire Boats Difficult To Handle?

The best advice I personally can give anyone thinking of hiring a larger hire craft for the first time is to watch this video below. This was made by the administrator of this forum.

Although I have been a fierce critic of the hire boat industry due to the level of damage sustained on my personal craft, I recorded this video with a neutral perspective. I share how I found the hire vessel with regards to mooring up and generally navigating the boat.

I have found that there are endless Norfolk Broad’s videos but none that really relay what it is actually like to use some of these hire boats.

If you would like to see more boating videos all filmed on the Norfolk Broads? Please visit the Sailing High Seas Youtube channel.

Short Term Discomfort, Long Term Gain...
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