Cheap Norfolk Broads Hire Boats from Barnes Brinkcraft Wroxham
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Budget Boating Holidays

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pets welcome
pets welcome
life jackets supplied
life jackets supplied
Bedding provided
Bedding provided

Budget Boating Holidays

Are you looking for a cheap Norfolk Broads hire boat? Look no further than Barnes Brinkcraft. We’ve been in business for nearly 60 years and have some older boats in our fleet we classify as “no frills”

Please don’t be mislead, they are good, all-round, well-maintained boats. and make for a really comfortable holiday on the water

Just don’t expect to find the electric anchor winches or privacy glass you’d see on some of our luxury Elite Fleet hire boats

All you need for your budget boating holiday

Our cheap hire boats have all you need on-board for a great holiday on the Norfolk Broads inc

  • Fully equipped galley (kitchen)
  • Bathroom(s) inc shower
  • Heating
  • Standard 3 pin plug
  • Shore Power Lead
  • TV
  • Life Jackets
  • Duvets, pillows, covers and sheets

All our boats now have at least one 240 plug so you can charge your phone if you no longer have a car charger.

Top tips for cheap Norfolk Broads boat hire

You’ll see we advertise our boats as Sleeping 2+2 or 6+2. The +2 means that you can make up the seating in the saloon (lounge) into a bed.
A boat sleeping 2+2 people is almost always cheaper than hiring 4 berth boat

Book a short break mid-week and get an extra day. For the same price as a 3-day break over the weekend, you can get a 4-day break mid-week.

Look out for of our special offers here

And don’t forget, if you are a returning customer. Booking direct with Barnes Brinkcraft and you get a free hamper

Favourite budget hire boats

Brinks Jazz. Great for a family or 2 couples
From £345 + fuel and damage waiver.
£87 pp based on 4 sharing
You can make Brinks Jazz’s cabin up as a double bed or twin bunks
The twin steering positions are useful in Spring and Autumn
The front well makes a great place for fishing
If you are bringing your canoe or paddleboard with you (or hiring one of ours) there is room to store them up top
She does have higher sides than some of our boats and internal stairs. That’s worth noting if you have seniors with dodgy hips or dogs in your party.

Brinks Emperor Ideal for a mates fishing trip where you’d like your own cabin
From £1006 + fuel and damage waiver
£126 pp based on 8 sharing
The roof on the centre cockpit rolls back, letting the sun and the air in
You can make both seating areas up into double beds
If you are tall or claustrophobic make sure you don’t get the single bunk in the middle! Its affectionately known as the coffin and we tend to use it for extra storage when we “borrow” this boat for a weekend

Peace of mind when hiring a budget hire boat from Barnes Brinkcraft

Before arriving at the yard, we’ll send you an email with links to this page. These short videos help you understand how to manage a boat safely
On arrival at the boatyard, a member of our team will show you how to use the boat, including a short trip downriver. This enables you to get used to the feel of boat handling, before venturing out on your own
The boatyard is a member of the Broads Hire Boat Federation and British Marine. and as such has to maintain strict safety standards
Each boat has a Boat Safety Certificate, Broads Authority Toll and a Gas Certificat

Booking cheap Norfolk Broads hire boats

Look at the layout of the boat carefully. Match the boat to the requirements of your party, and if you have any queries at all, please give us a ring. We’ll be happy to help

 

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No Frills
Shore Power
Warm Air Heating

CYGNET

Sleeps 2+2

We've recently purchased this boat. It is similar to Brinks Brinks Belmore with an enclosed cockpit...

from £105.00
per night
The price excludes fuel deposit amd damage waiver
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No Frills
Shore Power
Warm Air Heating

CURLEW

Sleeps 4+2

The Curlew is new to Barnes Brinkcraft this year (from another hire boat yard). Previous hirers hav...

from £144.00
per night
The price excludes fuel deposit amd damage waiver
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No Frills
Bow Thruster
Shore Power
Microwave
Warm Air Heating

TOPLINER

Sleeps 2

This cruiser has huge panoramic windows and is on one level throughout....

from £73.00
per night
The price excludes fuel deposit amd damage waiver
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No Frills
Dual Steering
Shore Power
Microwave
Warm Air Heating

JAZZ

Sleeps 2+2

Ideal for couple or small family, perfect for first time boaters...

from £60.00
per night
The price excludes fuel deposit amd damage waiver
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No Frills
Shore Power
Warm Air Heating

LADYMORE

Sleeps 2+2

Comfortable accomodation for two people with open plan living space....

from £61.00
per night
The price excludes fuel deposit amd damage waiver
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No Frills
Bow Thruster
Shore Power
Warm Air Heating

ROYALE

Sleeps 2+2

A really sporty cruiser, great for alfresco dining....

from £81.00
per night
The price excludes fuel deposit amd damage waiver
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No Frills
Shore Power
Fits Under Bridges
Warm Air Heating

ARIES

Sleeps 2+2

One of the older boats in our fleet, this is a traditional aft cockpit cruiser, perfect for fishing ...

from £60.00
per night
The price excludes fuel deposit amd damage waiver
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No Frills
Bow Thruster
Dual Steering
Shore Power
Microwave
Warm Air Heating

RAPIDE

Sleeps 4

A dual steer cruiser with a spacious outside deck area to enjoy the sunshine....

from £98.00
per night
The price excludes fuel deposit amd damage waiver
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No Frills
Bow Thruster
Dual Steering
Shore Power
Microwave
Warm Air Heating

PHANTOM

Sleeps 6

A dual steer cruiser with a spacious outside deck area to enjoy the sunshine....

from £91.00
per night
The price excludes fuel deposit amd damage waiver
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No Frills
Bow Thruster
Fits Under Bridges
Microwave
Warm Air Heating

MERRYMORE

Sleeps 6+2

A good all-round family boat with easy access via the aft deck....

from £102.00
per night
The price excludes fuel deposit amd damage waiver
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No Frills
Bow Thruster
Shore Power
Microwave
Warm Air Heating

ROYALL AMBASSADOR

Sleeps 6+2

A spacious cruiser with good accommodation in 3 cabins - central raised steering position. ...

from £120.00
per night
The price excludes fuel deposit amd damage waiver
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No Frills
Bow Thruster
Dual Steering
Shore Power
Microwave
Warm Air Heating

CORSAIR

Sleeps 7

A dual steer cruiser with a spacious outside deck area to enjoy the sunshine....

from £91.00
per night
The price excludes fuel deposit amd damage waiver
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No Frills
Bow Thruster
Dual Steering
Shore Power
Microwave
Warm Air Heating

CONCORDE

Sleeps 8

A dual steer cruiser with a spacious outside deck area to enjoy the sunshine....

from £110.00
per night
The price excludes fuel deposit amd damage waiver
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No Frills
Shore Power
Warm Air Heating

EMPEROR

Sleeps 8+4

A great cruiser for large parties or friends sharing, with accommodation for up to 12 people. **...

from £163.00
per night
The price excludes fuel deposit amd damage waiver
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No Frills
Shore Power
Warm Air Heating

SYMPHONY

Sleeps 10

An older style but comfortable cruiser with plenty of room for large groups or families....

from £109.00
per night
The price excludes fuel deposit amd damage waiver

Last minute availability and offers!

Frequently Asked Questions

No, you don’t need to have any experience or special licences to hire a Broads Cruiser. On arrival, we will give you a full demonstration on how to use, drive and moor the boat. You will also receive videos of how to handle a boat before you arrive

We provide a manual (both electronically and in hard copy onboard) to help you enjoy your holiday

Our experienced crew will be happy to answer your questions before you leave the yard.

We would recommend at least one member of your crew have good mobility, for moving about the deck and mooring

On arrival at the boatyard, find yourself a temporary parking space outside reception.

A member of our team will direct you to your boat, getting your car as near as possible to the boat so you can unpack

Once you are ready, make your way back to reception with your car keys and paperwork for check in.

We’ll book you in for your trial run at that point, We customise your tuition to suit your needs.

If the boat is not quite ready, we’ll take your mobile telephone number and contact you as soon as you can go onboard

Boats will usually be available between 2 and 4 pm. We need them back at 9 am on your day of departure
 
Some will be available earlier, but we can’t guarantee which boats will be ready early
 
Each boat is
Pumped out (sewage removed from toilet tanks)
Filled up with fuel and water
Serviced by both the engineers and boat builders
Cleaned inside and out
Inspected by our head cleaner
 
We’re never quite sure what we will find when the boats return, which is why we don’t give you an exact pick up time.
Yes, please give us a ring to let us know and we’ll let you know where your boat is so you can go onboard when you arrive. We usually move the boat to just outside reception so it’s easy to find.
 
In the morning we will go through the check-in and trial run with you
 
For safety reasons you must not take the boat out of the yard until you have had a trial run.

Yes, by 9 am please, ready for our staff to get on board and sort her out for the next customers

Yes, every member of your party gets a life jacket to use whilst aboard.
We even have life jackets for your dogs There is a deposit on dog lifejackets of £10 which is refundable on return.
Yes, you do
You can pick up supplies from Roys Supermarket and Department Store on arrival. The shops are a 5 min walk from the yard
This blog provides a handy guide to pubs and shops accessible by boat whilst on your holiday
Please note that not all boats have fridges with ice boxes on board and none have freezers
Bed linen (sheets, pillows, duvets and covers) will be on board when you arrive
 
Please fill in the arrival form before you arrive so we know how many single and double duvets you need
 
Towels are only provided on the Elite Fleet boats

All boats will have a hob and an oven or microwave.
For full boat details please check the website or give us a ring

All boats have a fridge on board. They are usually smaller than domestic sized fridges. Please bear this in mind when shopping for supplies!
Some fridges will not have ice boxes

Every boat will have a toilet and shower on board.
The toilets are different from your domestic one but they are flushable (not a portaloo)
The shower gets hot water from a freshwater tank on board. The freshwater tank is small and will need topping up regularly (we recommend every day)
Quite a lot of moorings have bathroom facilities, you may want to take advantage of these too

We recommend a pump out every 2 to 4 days. Boatyards will charge for this.
The sewage tank will be empty when you collect your boat The rate it fills up will depend entirely on how much it is used. You may find it helpful to use shore-based facilities where available.

You will leave the boatyard with a full water tank
We recommended you top up the tank on a daily basis, to ensure you have enough for showers etc.
The tap water is safe to drink if boiled.

You will leave the boatyard with a full tank of fuel (tank sizes vary). With normal cruising, this should last for a weeks holiday
 
Fuel usage increases if you use heaters, generators or speed. It is also affected by driving against tide and wind
 
Most people returning to the yard receive a refund on their fuel deposit. In colder weeks you will use more fuel to keep the boat warm

Yes, all boats have onboard heating.

All our boats have 240v power, so you can charge your phone and use a hairdryer
But, the power is limited, Which means you may not be able to use a kettle and a hairdryer at the same time

Yes, all boats are fitted with at least one 12v (car charger) and 240v sockets (home socket).  Elite Fleet boats have 240v sockets in each cabin

A trip to Horning can take an hour and fifteen minutes or, a day or two if you stop off and enjoy yourself on the way

Please have a look at our Plan Your Holiday page for advice on distances and itineraries

Yes. There is a rise and fall throughout the broads. It’s small at the boatyard (usually less than 20 cm)

The tide and currents get stronger the closer you get to Great Yarmouth and on the southern rivers.

Please take care at Great Yarmouth and ask the staff at the Yacht Station for advice Tel 01493 842794.

There are no locks on the navigable bits of the Norfolk and Suffolk Broads, and you can turn a boat around almost everywhere, making finding your way around the broads both easy and hassle-free vs some canal trips

Yes, you can, provided you visit during the fishing season and have a “trout, coarse fish and eel licence” which can be purchased online here or from your nearest post office.   The closed season is between March 15th and June 15th.

To see if your boat will go under a particular bridge, look at the website, check the onboard boat manual or give us a ring

You will also need to check the water height at the bridge

Please follow the instructions in your boat manual to see how to take a boat underneath a bridge safely

If we have (or are predicted ) high tides it may prevent boats from passing under a bridge

Please see add page here which should help you plan your holiday 
 
A holiday aboard a boat on the Norfolk and Suffolk Broads can be as planned or relaxed as you wish.
We would recommend building some time in to chill out and slow down. That way you have time to catch the best of the Broads National Park when you least expect it

Children over the age of 14 are allowed to drive whilst under the constant supervision of an adult.

We welcome up to 2 pets on all our boats
Some boats are easier than others for larger dogs to get on and off, and we have listed these as pet friendly
We even have dog lifejackets available in reception if required

You are welcome to sensibly and safely moor providing there are no signs asking you not to

Each village has a parish staith where mooring is free for 24hrs and the Broads Authority provide many more facilities

There are lots more moorings available in other spots, and these may be chargeable, especially if they provide services

You can also moor in any Hoseasons boatyard FOC, provided they have space

 

 

We provide a basic map, and you can buy a really detailed map from reception

Yes, for a refundable deposit of £5
 
Why might you need a mallet on a boat? They are useful for knocking in rhond anchors
 
What’s a rhond anchor? They are large angled pegs with a hoop at one end. You knock it into the bank you want to moor on and you can then attach the mooring ropes to the rhond anchor
 
It works really well unless it’s pretty windy or the land is too wet to hold the peg! Just like pegging a tent

We only ask for a security deposit for single sex parties, and all under 25 mixed parties.

If we do charge you a security deposit, we will ask you to check for any bumps and scrapes before you take your holiday. In the same way you do when taking a hire car

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"A very easy booking process, with staff always happy to answer any questions by phone beforehandThe boat, Duet 2, was well equipped, with everything needed for a single holidaymaker (although next time I’ll bring my own duvet as the nights got cold!)The training run before being let loose on the river, Harry was very patient and positive when explaining and showing what needed to be done, from basic knots to manoeuvring and mooring the boatAll in all, excellent value for money"
- Alex McLean
"just had the most amazing week on the Broads on the Melody 2, I highly recommend this company"
- Philip Perllan
"Helpful staff and a well maintained boat made for an amazing weekend away with old friends."
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"Served us perfectly on our honeymoon! 💞 ..."
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