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Here’s a look back to some of yesterday’s Norfolk Broads hirefleets. Some are still in business but are no longer be running a hirefleet. The information is correct to the best of my knowledge, but slight errors may exist. Please use the link above to contact me with any further information or ones you recall.

Past Fleets & Bases - Norfolk Broads

Acle Ferry Boats of Acle: First & Last year: 1998
AD Truman of Oulton Broad: Last year with hirefleet 1995
Alan Johnson Boats of Acle: Last year with hirefleet 1992. Most boats sold to Richardsons/New Horizon Group.
Albatross Marine of St Olaves: Last year with hirefleet 1987
Alexander Cruisers of Brundall: First year 1988, last year with hirefleet 2006.
Clifford E. Allen Ltd of Coltishall: Last year 1974
Anchorcraft of Acle: Last year: 2003
Aquamarine Cruisers of Loddon: First & last year 1988.
Arrow Boats of Beccles: Last year with hireboats 1991. Houseboats continued 1992
Aston Boats, Loddon base: Last year 1999
Aston Boats of Beccles: Last year 2008
Babik Boats of Wroxham: Last year 1989.
Beaver Fleet of St Olaves: Last year 1985.
Bees Boats of Brundall: Last year 2004.
Bell Boats of Brundall: Last year with hireboats 1987, fleet became Brundall Marine Services for 1988. Houseboats continued a short while longer
B.B Cruisers of Brundall: Last year 1994. Boats sold to Freshwater Cruisers for 1995.
Belaugh Boats of Belaugh: Name changed to Moonfleet Marine for 2003, amalgamating with River-Craft’s base at Stalham and most boats.
Bernard Press of Wroxham: Last year of hiring 1987.
Blue Line of Horning: First year 1983, taking over from Toucan Afloat with F.B Wilds. Last year 1987. Became Horning Pleasurecraft for 1988 after being taken over by Richardsons/New Horizon group.
R & C Bondon of South Walsham: Became R & J Russell for 1988
Bounty Boats of Brundall: Last year with hirefleet 1989. Manufacturing (main) side of the business continued.
Breydon Marine of Burgh Castle: Last year: 1987
Brister Craft of Wroxham: Last year 2003
Broadland Riverine Boatcraft of Loddon: Still going, last year with
hirefleet 2005.
Broads Holidays of Stalham: Appeared for 1992 as a division of the Richardsons base & fleet. Last year 1998 - boats amalgamated back under the Richardsons name from 1999
Broadwater Boats of Womack Water, Ludham: First year 2000, last year around 2003.
Broadsway Cruisers of Oulton Broad: Last year with hirefleet 1987
Broom Boats: Still going, last year with hirefleet 2004.
Brundall Marine Services of Brundall: Last year 1991. Fleet (“Tango” class) sold to Richardsons/New Horizon Group for 1992.
Buccaneer Boats of Brundall: Still running with houseboats, last year with hirecraft 1997.
Castle Craft of St. Olaves: Last year with hirefleet 2005.
Chumley & Hawke of Horning: Last year 1991
Classic Leisure Cruisers of Thorpe: Last year 1995. Most boats went to Highcraft.
Corig Cruisers of Thorpe: Last year 1984.
Crown Cruisers of St Olaves: Last year 1988. Moved to Somerleyton: for 1989. Last year of Somerleyton fleet: tbc
Diamond Cruisers of Horning: First year 1996, last year 1997. Today the site is home to the Freedom Boating Holidays fleet.
Ernest Collins of Woxham: Last year with hirefleet 1991
F.B Wilds of Horning: Sold to the Guiness Group and run as Toucan Afloat with F.B Wilds during the early ‘80s. Sold to Blue Line for 1983.
Fencraft of Brundall: Last year with hirefleet 2005.
Ferry Boatyard of Horning: Last year with hirefleet 2002. Ferry Marina, under new owners started a few years later.
Freshwater Cruisers of Brundall: Still going, first year with hirefleet 1995, last year 1999.
Gale Cruisers of Loddon: Last year with hirefleet 1997.
Go Boating of Wroxham: First year: 2005, Last year: 2008 - Bought by Barnes Brinkcraft during the early 2008 season.
Greenway Marine of Loddon: Last year with hirefleet - late ‘90s
Hampton Boats of Oulton Broad: Last year
Harbour Cruisers of Brundall: Last year with hirefleet 2002.
H.E.Hipperson of Beccles:
Still going, last year with hireboats (still have houseboats) 2006.
Hearts Cruisers of Thorpe: Last year 2002.
Highcraft of Thorpe St. Andrew: Last year of hiring 2008. Most boats transferred to DRL Marine for 2009
Jack Powles of Wroxham: Last year with hirefleet 1991.
Johnson Yacht Station of St. Olaves: Last year 1990. Boats sold to Richardsons/New Horizon Group & put into the Stalham Pleasurecraft fleet for 1991.
Kingfisher Cruisers of Thorpe: Changed hands during 2004 and fleet moved to Marina Keys Great Yarmouth. Fleet became Line Azzurro for 2005, closed mid 2005 season!
Kingline Cruisers of Horning: Still going, last year with hirefleet 2001
Line Azzurro of Great Yarmouth: First and last year: 2005. Closed mid season after buying the fleet of Kingfisher Cruisers the year before & moving them to Marina Keys at Great Yarmouth.
L L Cruisers of Wroxham: Last year 1987.
Maiden Craft of Thorpe St. Andrew: :Last year 1998.
Mixer Marine of Stalham: Last year 1988. Moved from Hoseasons to Blakes and became Broads Edge Marina for 1989 season only.
Moores of Wroxham: Hirefleet moved from “The Peninsula” site to opposite Barnes Brinkcraft for 2007. Sold to Barnes Brinkcraft during the early 2008 season, boats run under their name from 2009.
Newson Boats of Oulton Broad: Last year with hirefleet 1990.
Pearson Marine of Reedham: Last year with hirefleet 2000.
Pennant Holidays: Closed during 1992 when owners, the Mowat Group went bust.
Planet Craft of Wroxham: Fleet sold 1991-92 to Richardsons/New Horizon Group
Princess Cruisers of Loddon: Last year 2005.
Priory Craft of St Olaves: Last year with hirefleet 1988
Quayside Club / Boatline of Wroxham (2008) & Stalham (2009). Last year 2009
R&J Russell of South Walsham: Last year with hirefleet 2004.
Ripplecraft of Somerleyton: Last year 1988. Sold to Crown Cruisers who moved their base here for 1989.
Rivercraft from Stalham Yacht Services of Stalham: Last year 2002. Amalgamated & became Moonfleet Marine from 2003.
Sabena Marine of Wroxham: Last year with hirefleet 2007. Many boats went to Boatline/Quayside Club for 2008, and then DRL Marine for 2009..
Stalham Pleasurecraft of Stalham: Appeared for 1991 as a division of the Richardsons base & fleet. Last year 1998 - boats amalgamated back under the Richardsons name from 1999
Sutton Staithe Boatyard: Still going, last year with hirefleet 2002.
Topcraft Cruisers of Oulton Broad: Still a boatyard. Last year with holiday hirefleet: 2011
Turners Boatyard of Horning: Last year with hirefleet 1983
Tuncraft of Sutton Staithe: Became Sutton Staithe Boatyard for 1988
V.I.P Harvey Eastwood: Last year with hirefleet 2001.
Walklin Cruisers of Loddon: Last year with hirefleet around 1987
Whispering Reeds of Hickling: Still running. Last year with holiday hire cruiser fleet: 2011.
Willow Cruisers of Brundall: Last year with hirefleet 2000.
Womack Cruisers of Ludham: Last year 1984
Woods Dyke Boatyard of Horning: First year 1996, last year with hirefleet 2007.
Zodiac Cruisers of Wroxham: Last year 1985 or 1986.

Broom’s “Seapilot 14”
at their Brundall base. 2002