On more than one occasion I have been telling someone how beautiful, relaxing and exhilarating boating is on the Norfolk Broads, only to be met with a retort of “it’s too expensive”. On questioning their reasoning I often find that they have just assumed that it is too costly. I usually explain that boating on the Norfolk Broads can be cheaper than many other UK holidays and point them to our post “The Cost of Boating, Caravans, Cottages and Holiday Parks“.

So, here’s a recommendation for those who have a family (or friends) of 4-6 and maybe looking to head for the Broads for the first time.

This is the Golden Light, a 4 + 2 berth 35ft cabin cruiser from Herbert Woods at Potter Heigham. It has a twin cabin, a double cabin and 2 seating areas which quickly and easily convert into beds. It has a forward steering position and a single level floor throughout.

This boat also has a split sliding canopy which can be very handy when you want to shade either the seating or stealing positions, but still want to enjoy the Norfolk Broads sights and fresh air.

For those who really like to explore, you need to have a smaller boat to get under some of the Norfolk Broads bridges, and that is another advantage to the Golden Light.

With a bridge clearance of just 6ft 10ins and the weather and tide being on your side, you’ll be able to pass under Ludham, Wayford, Wroxham and Potter Heigham bridges. This will give you further access to even more waterways including the river Ant and Bure. Note that you will only be able to pass under Wroxham and Potter Heigham bridges when using the bridge pilot.

You of course have all the usual kitchen facilities, bedding, LCD TV and DVD, standard plug points, warm air heating throughout and 2 toilets and showers.

Make sure that you watch the full video by clicking the image of the Golden Light at the top os this page.

And if you’re heading to the Norfolk Broads, make sure that you enjoy, relax and be safe.