This is the Silver Light 2, a 40-foot cabin cruiser from Herbert Woods. Could this be the ideal boat for your next holiday on the Norfolk Broads? Let’s find out.
The Silver Light 2 is the ideal family boat and is classed as a 4 + 2 cabin arrangement. More on that at in the moment.
The boat features a raised central steering position with a winch operated canopy that slides practically the full length of the saloon area, and don’t be put off by the winch, it really doesn’t take that much effort.
The generous seating features a bench which flips open to reveal some always welcome additional storage. The bench is also used to form part of the plus 2 double bed.
The dining table, which easily seats 6, folds down and can be neatly stored to the right of the fridge.
You, of course, have the integral CD and radio which offers a reasonably good sound and of course an LCD TV. The raised steering position gives you good visibility all around the boat and is where you will find all the relevant controls. And if you haven’t piloted a boat on the Norfolk Broads before, don’t worry, because everyone gets a lesson on navigating and mooring the boat, and they’ll also cover all safety issues for you and your family.
The galley, as always with Herbert Woods, has everything that you’d expect, other than your own personal chef. A 4 ring cooker and oven, microwave, fridge, crockery, glasses, cutlery, pots and pans are all there waiting for you. We also found a flip out bin, which may seem trivial, but some boats still have a free standing bin which annoyingly always ends up getting in the way, so well done Herbert Woods.
The rear cabin has 2 single beds which can be easily pushed together on a clever little track to make a double bed. The cabin has a small dressing area with 2 draws a large mirror and wardrobe. The rear ensuite bathroom has a shower with mixer taps, toilet and sink.
The forward cabin has a comfortable double bed and a small bench for when you want to escape the kids. The small dressing table includes a mirror, drawer, cupboard and a stool. You, of course, have a wardrobe, and a surprising number of additional storage areas, which without a doubt, will come in handy.
As with the rear, the forward cabin has an en suite bathroom equipped with toilet, sink and shower.
Although the Silver light 2 is 40ft, it is relatively easy to navigate. This is in part thanks to the bow thruster, which really improves the manoeuvrability of this boat, especially when mooring.
Another advantage is with its bridge clearance of only 7 foot, the Silver Light 2 will pass under most bridges on the Norfolk Broads. Although you must use the bridge pilot services at Potter Heigham and Wroxham bridges. This really gives you the opportunity to enjoy all rivers on the Norfolk Broads.
So, whether you’re looking for a spacious boat for 4 friends or a family holiday with 6, the Silver Light 2 from Herbert Woods is a great option.
Meanwhile, if you are boating on the Norfolk Broads, have fun, relax and please be safe.