Range of classics for sale

Rare opportunity to purchase classic boats

As a company who has a love of the Norfolk Broads, its boats and its history, it is a delight to be asked to market a classic Broads cruiser for sale.  Stepping on board these rare gems is like stepping back in time and makes you appreciate the largely bygone age of wooden boat building and the craftsmen that used to produce these quality built boats.

Broadland Yacht Brokers Ltd is thrilled to now be marketing a range of classic Broads boats and a rare RNSA dinghy.  It's a joy to learn more about their history and to see at first hand these very special boats.

Our latest classic listing is a Jack Powles launch.  Originally named Lucy 1, she was built by and for the legendary Norfolk boat builder Jack Powles.  Her sister, Lucy 2, was built by Jack and given to his foreman.  Having been lovingly restored to a high standard by her current owner she is a stunning boat that is sure to turn heads wherever she goes.  He has made significant improvements to her including rebuilding the engine to allow her to run on unleaded petrol.  Internally she features a special drinks holder and original coin given to the boat when she was first built.

Just a few days before seeing the Powles launch we were researching the history of the RNSA dinghy after being asked by a local owner to list "Jessie" for sale.  The Royal Naval Sailing Association (RNSA) 14ft dinghy was the main recreational and racing dinghy carried by ships of the British and Commonwealth Navies from 1920s to 1960s.  The RNSA was constructed by shipwright apprentices with all parts being made in the shipwright shop.  A clinker built sloop with mahogany/pine on oak construction, the sail rig was a triangular foresail and a sliding gunter main. The RNSA is also the boat commonly associated with Arthur Ransomes Swallows and Amazons.  Very few RNSAs are left today making this one a special little boat (sail number 161).  Being one of the last of a fleet of boats built at Portsmouth she has been lovingly and painstakingly restored by her present owner who bought her in 2002.  The restoration, which he undertook with a well respected local boat builder took over 18 months to complete.

Another Broads classic we have available is a Norfolk Dinghy built by another Norfolk legend, Herbert Woods.  Offered with copies of her original design sheets and painstakingly restored to her former glory by a professional local boat builder to a very high standard she is today in immaculate condition.  The Norfolk Dinghy class were in production from 1931 to 1968 when the last one was completed. In total only 86 were ever built and this one is number 67.  The Norfolk Dinghy class was such a good design that they have not been changed over the years apart from conversion from cotton to terylene sails. These boats are still raced all over the Norfolk Broads throughout the year and some examples can be found as far afield as New Zealand.

And our final classic (for the time being at least) is Broad Wave built by CE Allen of Coltishall in the 1950s.  A rare opportunity to own a piece of Broads history - a four berth boat which has been completely restored.  She is now back to her former glory having had twenty seven planks replaced.  She also benefits from all new oak handrails, lower oak hull rubbers, windows, screens, canopy roof and wheelhouse floor.  Internally she has also been completed refitted as new with a good sized shower cubicle, all new upholstery and hull side panels in pine. Old systems such as the water have been replaced and she now has a brand new hot water tank, water and holding tanks, batteries, electric bilge pumps, lights and fridge and received a complete rewire.

It is fantastic to be able to view and offer for sale such a wide range of classic boats for sale and at the same time it is an absolute privilege to be able to help to find good homes for these very special, well loved, old ladies.  For more information about these and all our boats for sale please visit our new and used boats pages.


Date Updated: January 21st 2013