For me one of the best times of the year to cruise the rivers and broads of Norfolk has to be late autumn/early winter. Gone are the crowds of summer with their pirate flags and captain hats. The reeds turn gold and on a fine still day there is a peace. Wildlife encounters are around every bend, maybe a majestic Marsh Harrier or elusive Bittern, a flash of electric blue as a Kingfisher speeds by. Flocks of ducks and geese abound and if you are very lucky you may glimpse a shy Otter.
What would you choose? A sleek modern cruiser with all the features and comforts of home? Or perhaps you prefer the traditional wooden boats of the 1950’s.
I spent forty years working as a boat builder on the Broads. In that time I have made everything from rowing dinghies to around the world sailing yachts, cheap and cheerful holiday cruisers to a £million floating palace for an Arab prince. The best times however were when I was out moving the boats from one yard to another at this time of the year!