Boat hire in Norwich

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Boat Hire in Norwich

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  • Donna0570
    Sheffield, UK68 contributions
    First time out on the Broads. Big learning curve - staff really helpful
    Boat was clean and tidy and had everything in we would need.
    Bit nippy in morning but heated well once engine was running.

    Dogs took to it like ducks to water!

    Would recommend for boating holidays.
    Written 13 November 2023
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  • Barry E
    5 contributions
    We were staying in Horning in a cottage for a week. We wanted a local firm to hire a day boat from so we could walk from the cottage to collect it, and we found JB Boats online. We hired their Lady Amanda boat for three days. We received a very warm welcome, both when we booked by phone and when we arrived to collect the boat. They could not have been more helpful. The boat was spotless, and perfect for our needs. We received good tuition and dos and don’ts before we set off and had a comprehensive pack in the boat with emergency numbers to call if we had any issues, which we didn’t. We thoroughly enjoyed our time on the Broads. The team were ready and waiting for us when we arrived back so no stress in mooring the boat back in place. I would highly recommend. Fantastic service. Thank you so much.
    Written 18 October 2023
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  • Susan H
    15 contributions
    Lovely welcome and really good i to and guide to the boat and the broads. Safety vest very good and small and lightweight, much better than others!

    Very clear instructions and good rental price, great location with parking!

    We did experience a small issue with the boat and decided to return rental early because of this, was very surprised as only getting a thank you and not a sorry, or offer to take another boat for a few hours or refund. To be fair we didn’t ask but didn’t feel like we should, boat was bought back so we didn’t damage it rather than just carrying in and caused g an issue/ breakdown. I am sure if we had made a fuss something may have happened Ed, but no one wants to do that o. Holiday and make things stressful but was a little disappointed in the reaction.
    Written 4 August 2023
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  • Leslie F
    2 contributions
    Outstanding service and so helpful. Boat was in pristine condition. Thank you for a great experience !!
    Written 16 October 2023
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  • SallyAnn McDuff
    Westgate-on-Sea, UK629 contributions
    Went here as only staying across the road. They were really friendly and helpful and explained everything we needed to know about hiring the kayak.
    Prices are good and would recommend and use again.
    Was supplied with life jackets and a map of the area and explained where best to go.
    Written 7 September 2022
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  • Raymond M
    Royston, UK70 contributions
    Before booking for a day on the Yare they were extremely helpful on the phone while we were deciding which day boat to hire. It was decided to go with a picnic cruiser with option of upgrading to an executive cruiser, if available (and likely to be we were told), on the day. On the day that option disappeared - I suspect that they had simply forgotten to have one ready should we decide to go for it, so that means only 4 stars for what was otherwise very much a 5 star experience, although the picnic boat was fine. The boat was clean and very easy to use, limited to the Broads speed limit so no worries over speeding fines. The cost for a whole day hire was extremely reasonable and we had a nice lunch stop at Coldham Hall. If you want a trip on the Broads, Freedom would be a very good choice.
    Written 19 October 2018
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  • ClareCDs
    Welwyn Garden City, UK6 contributions
    We booked Far Horizon as a last minute decision for October half term with our twin 12 year old daughters and our dog.

    The boat looked fantastic on the website but we were a little uncertain about the second bedroom as it is underneath the cockpit. However it was actually fine for our girls who are well over five feet tall. It was actually quite cosy.

    The main bedroom was a very decent size. With pleasant low level LED lighting. All the beds were very comfortable

    Everyone at the boatyard was friendly, helpful and welcoming. Emma greeted us and our boat was ready immediately. It was very clean and the beds made up. (Not all boatyards do this).

    Pat (we think that was his name, my husband is useless with names) introduced us to the boat and all it’s features. He made sure we were happy with the controls before setting us loose.

    Far Horizon is a really great boat, although you have to avoid all the bridges, there is still plenty of cruising to be done and the views from the fly bridge make it absolutely worth it. It was really easy to handle.

    Another great feature is the back deck. It’s a good size, well lit and seating both sides. Perfect for fishing and would be a great place to enjoy on a summer’s evening.

    Top tip for fellow travellers: The only downside of the whole trip was the condensation. This is unavoidable in the cold and rainy weather but we did quickly learn to keep the boat very well ventilated. Just one to expect if you make a booking at the start or end of the season. (We wished we’d taken our karcher window vacuum with us - we did spot another boater using one!)

    Overall a great experience all round and we would happily book with Horning Pleasurecraft again.

    Written 27 October 2023
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  • Steve W
    Norwich, UK10 contributions
    Have now aggravated my back injury steering a boat from a seat with no back although illustrated on website. Engine control lever too close to wheel so constantly banging hand against it. The trigger on the control was very awkward to use prompting me to use both hands on occasion. Probably a problem associated with this type of boat, I found it extremely susceptible to wind variation and so constantly having to correct steering: arms worn out now! A screen wiper would have been useful in the rain. I have hired broads boats on many occasions and have never had problems manoeuvring before.
    Having said that, I found the staff both friendly and helpful.
    Like the curates egg, good in parts!
    Written 31 July 2022
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