For more than 80 years, the beautiful wooden heritage yachts from Hunter’s Yard have graced the Broads.
Founded by Percy Hunter and his sons Cyril and Stanley in the 1930s, the fleet remained in the family until 1968 when it was sold to Norfolk County Council and renamed the Norfolk County Sailing Base. The aim was to maintain the traditions of the yard, while encouraging young people to learn to sail, including school and youth groups.
However, when the council decided to sell part of the fleet as part of cost-cutting measures in 1995, there was huge public outcry and a campaign, led by staff and volunteers at the yard and the Eastern Daily Press, saw the historic boats saved.
Thanks to a combination of fundraising and a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Norfolk Heritage Fleet Trust was formed and took over the yard in 1996, acquiring and maintaining the fleet, the yard and the traditional boat building methods used throughout the generations.