Norfolk Broads Boating FAQ

Norfolk Broads BoatingDo I need a licence to hire a boat on the Norfolk Broads?
Norfolk Broads boating regulations do not have any licence requirements for hire boats. Most boats are quite straight forward to operate and all come with an operators manual. You will also be given full instructions by the boatyard when collecting your boat. This including mooring instructions. They will also answer any questions you may have and make you aware of boating etiquette.
Buoyancy Aids
Non swimmers and children are advised to wear buoyancy aids. Non slip shoes are recommended for whoever is on deck.
What distances can I expect to travel?
Norfolk Broads boating holidays should be both enjoyable and relaxing. People often cruise the waterways for around four hours a day regularly stopping off en-route at a village, town, pub or a place of interest. You can expect to travel around twenty miles per day when travelling at the average speed of five miles per hour.
What about fuel?
The hire price often includes fuel. Whilst others may send you out with a full tank and then charge what it takes to fill it up again when you return. If you do have to pay for fuel, then expect to pay around £10 per day for around four hours cruising.
What about water?
The water tank should be full when you collect your boat. Most boats tend to have showers instead of a bath fitted. Should you need to top up your water tank, stop at one of the numerous boatyards or moorings that offer this facility on your route.
Using electrical equipment
Many boats have in built electrical devices which can be used (Television, DVD player etc). Mobile phones, computers and cameras can usually be for charged using the fitted sockets. Some also have an invertor which enables you to use other electrical equipment. However you should check the maximum wattage before using, especially for hairdryers, irons or similar.
What about my dog?
Well behaved dogs are welcome on many hire boats so please refer to your boat description for any restrictions.

Norfolk Broads Bridges, Crossings and Tides

Bridge heights
The bridge clearance height on Norfolk Broad boating routes varies from several feet down to just a few inches. A chart showing bridge clearances both at high and low tides is available. Bridge Pilot’s will guide your boat under severely restricted bridges for a small fee.
Crossing Breydon Water
Breydon Water is the estuary that flows via Great Yarmouth port into the North Sea. If you intend crossing this 3 x 0.9 mile section that connects the North and South Broads, you should ensure you have planned it in advance. This includes taking advice from the Broads Authority regarding the best time to make the crossing and navigating any strong tidal currents, which often occur. Stay within the designated red and green posts when crossing and check the tide charts to make sure you have adequate water depth at low tide and enough bridge clearance at high tide.
Up to date Norfolk Broads tide information can be viewed here.