Spring 2018 Newsletter

barneshead3.pngWelcome to our Spring Newsletter, our first of the 2018 season.

We’ve had a busy winter building another four of our Brinks Serenades, along with an extensive maintenance programme for the rest of the fleet, the self catering properties & the day boats.

Work has almost finished on Riverside Marina where we have installed new pontoons with water and electricity, and we now have additional car parking which will provide much needed space on busy turnaround days and for boats looking to visit Wroxham during the week.

The first week of the season coincided with the ‘Beast from the East’ making an appearance, but we still had some customers eager to get out and enjoy their time on the Broads.  Thank you to Dave B who provided this photograph from his recent holiday.

Photo from customer Dave B

Photo from customer Dave B

During the winter months we have been making some improvements to our website (more of that below) but one of the features we have now added is ‘Customer Reviews’ to all of our Boats & Holiday Homes.  These are honest reviews which we hope will help you when making a decision prior to your booking.

Easter is early this year, just two weeks away but there is still time to book a cruiser or one of our self catering holiday homes to enjoy the Bank Holiday weekend or the school holidays – we do have a couple of ‘Offers’ on during this period.

Blenheim from the old Alphacraft yard at Brundall now part of the Barnes Brinkcraft fleet

Blenheim from the old Alphacraft yard at Brundall now part of the Barnes Brinkcraft fleet


Last autumn we acquired the ex Alphacraft boats from Brundall.  Some of these boats are now incorporated into our fleet and others we are selling via our sister company ‘Norfolk Boat Sales’.
If you fancy owning your own boat, take a look at their website to see if there is anything you fancy!


2018 LOGODates for your diary!

Saturday 5th May – Horning Boat Show – The village bi-annual boat show where you can view boats on the water and also on the land.  A whole host of stalls & stands will keep you busy and there is entertainment throughout the day.   10.00 – 17.00

Saturday 19th May – Brundall Boat Show – Hosted by Norfolk Boat Sales & Norfolk Yacht Agency on the marinas at Riverside Road in Brundall.  There will be over 150 new and pre-owned boats available to view on the water, and plenty of the local marine businesses exhibiting with everything you could possibly need for this coming boating season, along with delicious food & drink and entertainment throughout the day.  A water taxi will transport you free of charge between the two sites.  09.00 – 17.00

SpringSpecial Offers

We currently have several ‘Offers’ on our website, for example:-


  •     Save 15% on self catering breaks in April & May
  •     An ‘early season saver’ on selected boats in April & May ’18
  •     Book your 2019 holiday at 2018 prices & get an early booking discount of 5%  too

Please visit the website for full details of these & other offers & late availability – remember if you have holidayed with us before & rebook direct you will also receive one of our delicious ‘Loyalty Hampers’

Plan Your Holiday

During the winter months we have been going through the feedback forms that our customers have returned to us after their holidays, and the most repeated request was to have more information about planning their holiday before they arrive.

With this in mind, we have added a new ‘tab’ to our website menu to help you with planning your holiday before you arrive.

In previous years we added an interactive map which is still available to use and which we are constantly adding to and updating.  In addition to this we have also added a ‘distance calculator’ to help you work out how long your trips will take, a suggested route for both a short break and weekly holiday.  We hope that you will find these ‘tools’ useful.

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Brundall Boat Show – May 19th 2018


The Brundall Boat Show will be held again this year on May 19th, from 10.00am – 5.00pm

The show will held across the 3 largest marinas in Brundall, Norfolk Boat Sales, Norfolk Yacht Agency and Broom Boats.  You can expect to see over 150 new and pre-owned boats available to view on the water, the show affords a unique opportunity to compare many different types of craft.

Alongside boats on the water, some of the local marine businesses will also be represented alongside other boating focused exhibitors. There will be key events scheduled throughout the day across the three main marinas, alongside food and entertainment.

A full list of exhibitors will be published shortly – please watch our news page or Facebook for more information.

If you would like to exhibit at this event, please contact Kerry on 07801 589627 or email for more information.

Barnes Brinkcraft & Norfolk Boat Sales sponsor young Kart star

Barnes Brinkcraft & Norfolk Boat Sales are pleased to be sponsoring up and coming young Kart star Liam Hurrell.

Liam, at the age of 12 has now moved onto Junior TKM National Super One series. After three years in Honda Cadet achieving double Club Champion last year, he now wants to raise the bar and push for success at the top level of Karting.

See our Facebook page for updates.

Kart star Liam Hurrell, sponsored by Norfolk Boat Sales & Barnes Brinkcraft

Kart star Liam Hurrell, sponsored by Norfolk Boat Sales & Barnes Brinkcraft

Ex-Hire Boats For Sale

Do you take regular holidays on the Norfolk Broads and dream of owning your own boat?

Each year we sell a few of our hire fleet off to make way for the new ones that we build each winter.  Ex-hire boats are an excellent choice for first time boat owners as they are easy to drive, are well fitted out, will usually pass under most Broads bridges and have been regularly serviced and well cared for.

If this is something you have been considering, have a chat with one of our staff at Norfolk Boat Sales on 01603 781178 who will be happy to help and answer any questions you may have about owning your own boat.

Supreme – Alpha 35′ c.c fitted with Nanni 50hp diesel engine.  £49,950

Brinks Supreme

A spacious well appointed boat with good specification.  An extremely comfortable family cruiser with the added benefit of a sliding centre cockpit roof. New Nanni engine this year!

Prelude – Barnes Ocean 37′ fitted with Nanni 50hp diesel engine.  £45,000

Brinks Prelude

Brinks Prelude

Prelude is a superb Broads boat offering spacious accommodation with en-suite facilities in the forward cabin. The saloon is very spacious and close to the galley making it very sociable boat, ideal for families or when entertaining guests!

Supreme Star – Moores Sheerline 1070 fitted with Nanni 38hp diesel engine.  £54,950

Moores Sheerline 1070 - Supreme Light

A lovely example of these popular Broads cruisers, offering spacious accommodation for 6 in 3 cabins.  It has a fully electric sliding canopy and folding front screens allowing to pass under all Broadland bridges. Viewing recommended.