Pet friendly boating holidays on the Norfolk Broads from Barnes Brinkcraft
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Which boat should I choose for a pet?

Start date
Flexible +/- 3 days
Duration
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pets welcome
pets welcome
life jackets supplied
life jackets supplied
Bedding provided
Bedding provided

Which boat should I choose for a pet?

At Barnes Brinkcraft we are very used to seeing the whole family on holiday, and that doesn’t just mean the kids.  We enjoy offering pet-friendly boating holidays on the Norfolk Broads

Lots of our customers bring their dogs on a boating holiday and a few even bring their cats too. We happily accept pets on all our hire boats. We’ve chosen the list of craft below because they are easier for dogs (especially larger ones) to get on and off. The boats may have lower sides or wider decks.

We have a selection of dog life jackets available at the boatyard from size small to xl. Try one on “Rover” for size when you arrive.

Where can I walk my dog on the Norfolk Broads?

The Beautiful Norfolk Broads makes a very good venue for a dog-friendly holiday. With plenty of walks

Our favourite moorings with good walks are
St Benets Abbey
you can make this walk as long or as short as you wish. Call in at The Dog Inn or Kings Arms on your way
Salhouse Broad
It’s a great place to let your dog off the lead for a short run before bed. 20 mins get’s you to the Fur and Feather Pub, And if you feel like stretching your legs further this  5km walk  is a great option
Wroxham to Coltishall – Round Walk
There is a lovely dog walk that takes you along the riverside into Coltishall, and then you can return via the path next to the single gauge railway running between Wroxham and Aylsham

For more suggestions, the Broads Authority have some excellent suggestions here

Almost all pubs and restaurants on the Norfolk Broads are set up to cater for pet-friendly boating holidays. It’s worth checking in advance about any restrictions in restaurants though

How much does it cost to take my dog on a boating holiday?

We charge an extra £35 per dog on board (max 2 dogs) and will supply dog life jackets for a refundable deposit of £10

Top tips for bringing your pet onboard your boat

A boat can be a strange environment for dogs to start with. To help settle them, please bring their own bed or blanket and a selection of their own toys. If you have a small soft travel cage it may also help them feel at home. Ensure you make a place for them and their water bowl

Don’t forget to pack the lead, poo bags and any medicine they need. It may also be useful to add a dog towel if they have a habit of swimming (wet dogs in a boat are not a match made in heaven!)

please don’t let your pet up on the seating unless you’ve put a cover on it

Top tip – make sure your pet is in a cabin when mooring up. That prevents them from jumping off the back of the boat when you least expect them to.

The nearest Vets to Barnes Brinkcrafts boatyard is Bridge Vets in Wroxham a 5 min walk away 01603 783920

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CYGNET

Sleeps 2+2

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

from £77.00
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CURLEW

Sleeps 4+2

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

from £100.00
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TOPLINER

Sleeps 2

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

from £73.00
per night
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DUET

Sleeps 2+1

A light and airy cruiser with good accommodation for two people....

from £64.00
per night
The price excludes fuel deposit amd damage waiver
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ROYALL SATIN

Sleeps 2+1

A very comfortable and spacious boat for couples, very easy to handle....

from £94.00
per night
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ROYALL VELVET 2

Sleeps 2+1

An extremely comfortable 2 berth cruiser with a 'walkaround' double berth.  ...

from £79.00
per night
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ROYALL VELVET 3

Sleeps 2+1

The single level design interior makes this a great boat for anyone with mobility problems....

from £79.00
per night
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ROYALL SWAN

Sleeps 2+1

A very spacious and comfortable boat, ideal for couples. ...

from £98.00
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SONNET

Sleeps 2+2

 A modern single level cruiser that will pass under all Broads bridges at low tide....

from £95.00
per night
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Mid Range
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BELMORE

Sleeps 2+2

A practical boat for 'all seasons' boating fitted with a bow thruster for easy manoeurvering....

from £75.00
per night
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JAZZ

Sleeps 2+2

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

from £60.00
per night
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LADYMORE

Sleeps 2+2

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

from £61.00
per night
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REGAL STAR

Sleeps 2+2

A stylish comfortable and easy to handle cruiser....

from £84.00
per night
The price excludes fuel deposit amd damage waiver
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ROYALE

Sleeps 2+2

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

from £81.00
per night
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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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OMEGA

Sleeps 2+2

A very spacious and comfortable cruiser, perfect for all seasons....

from £85.00
per night
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Elite Fleet
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ENCORE

Sleeps 2+2

This boat was built in 2017 season - A classic design single level cruiser with a modern interior. ...

from £104.00
per night
The price excludes fuel deposit amd damage waiver
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Elite Fleet
Bow Thruster
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Microwave
Warm Air Heating
Superior Battery Management
Wireless Phone Charger

ENCORE-PLUS

Sleeps 2+2

NEW 2020 and 2021 -  This boat is designed to get to parts of the Norfolk Broads that other boats c...

from £104.00
per night
The price excludes fuel deposit amd damage waiver
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BELMORE TC

Sleeps 3

A practical boat for 'all seasons' boating fitted with a bow thruster for easy manoeurvering....

from £68.00
per night
The price excludes fuel deposit amd damage waiver
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Mid Range
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BLENHEIM

Sleeps 4

A very spacious cruiser for up to 4 people, wide side decks and easy access at the bow and stern....

from £95.00
per night
The price excludes fuel deposit amd damage waiver
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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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Bow Thruster
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Warm Air Heating
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CONCERTO

Sleeps 4+2

Dual steering positions and comfortable accommodation for up to 6 people....

from £129.00
per night
The price excludes fuel deposit amd damage waiver
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BRAEMORE

Sleeps 4+2

Single level boat with nice wide side decks and good stern access for boarding....

from £111.00
per night
The price excludes fuel deposit amd damage waiver
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Elite Fleet
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QUARTET

Sleeps 4+2

Cruise in comfort and style, great accommodation for 2 couples....

from £133.00
per night
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Elite Fleet
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Shore Power
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SERENADE

Sleeps 4+2

The super modern low-line design, light and airy interior and flexible bed layout makes this boat a ...

from £142.00
per night
The price excludes fuel deposit amd damage waiver
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Elite Fleet
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Microwave
Warm Air Heating
Superior Battery Management
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TEMPO

Sleeps 4+2

New. Boats built 2019, 2020, 2021  A seriously comfortable boat with excellent electronics make thi...

from £143.00
per night
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ROYALL COMMANDER

Sleeps 5+1

A perfect cruiser for families with the large raised centre cockpit saloon. ...

from £98.00
per night
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PHANTOM

Sleeps 6

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

from £91.00
per night
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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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REXMORE

Sleeps 6+2

A great boat with very flexible accommodation, with one cabin converting into either 2 single berth...

from £111.00
per night
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Elite Fleet
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Shore Power
Microwave
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RHAPSODY

Sleeps 6+2

Our first electric hybrid cruisers, built new in 2014,2015 & 2016...

from £186.00
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ROYALL AMBASSADOR

Sleeps 6+2

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

from £120.00
per night
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ROMANY 1

Sleeps 6+3

Sliding wheelhouse roof gives great visibility.  Super boat for families. It even has a small boat ...

from £114.00
per night
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Mid Range
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Dual Steering
Shore Power
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MELODY

Sleeps 7

A stylish modern cruiser with dual steering positions and outside seating area.  Making it an ideal...

from £163.00
per night
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No Frills
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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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Mid Range
Bow Thruster
Wi Fi Onboard
Shore Power
Microwave
Warm Air Heating

HARMONY

Sleeps 8

Cruise in comfort and style, 4 double berths in 4 cabins...

from £162.00
per night
The price excludes fuel deposit amd damage waiver
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Mid Range
Bow Thruster
Wi Fi Onboard
Dual Steering
Shore Power
Microwave
Warm Air Heating
Superior Battery Management

LULLABY

Sleeps 8

A stylish and comfortable cruiser with dual steering positions and outside seating area....

from £172.00
per night
The price excludes fuel deposit amd damage waiver
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Mid Range
Bow Thruster
Dual Steering
Shore Power
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Warm Air Heating

SUPERMORE

Sleeps 8

Dual steering positions and very flexible accommodation for up 8 people....

from £169.00
per night
The price excludes fuel deposit amd damage waiver
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No Frills
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Dual Steering
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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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Mid Range
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ULTIMA 2

Sleeps 8+3

A large & spacious cruiser, with lots of single berths.  ideal for two families or groups of friend...

from £138.00
per night
The price excludes fuel deposit amd damage waiver
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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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Mid Range
Bow Thruster
Shore Power
Fits Under Bridges
Microwave
Warm Air Heating

ULTIMA 1

Sleeps 8+4

A modern, large & spacious Cruiser, ideal for two families or groups of friends sharing....

from £138.00
per night
The price excludes fuel deposit amd damage waiver
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Mid Range
Shore Power
Fits Under Bridges
Microwave
Warm Air Heating

ROMANY 2

Sleeps 9

Super boat for families with the steering position in the open plan saloon....

from £133.00
per night
The price excludes fuel deposit amd damage waiver
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No Frills
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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

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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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