HERBERT WOODS HITS 90 YEAR BOATING HISTORY MILESTONE
As you know we have enjoyed holidays with Herbert Woods, used the boats, relaxed in a cottage and explored the Broads with them, so I’m very excited to tell you about their birthday plans and hopefully we’ll see you there.
Herbert Woods, who trained as an apprentice boat builder in Potter Heigham in 1907, was one of the first pioneers of Broads Tourism and now the company, which he formed in 1926 and is still going strong today, celebrates its 90th birthday this year with a grand Regatta being planned on Sunday 10th July 2016.
90th Celebration Party!
Regatta – Sunday 10 th July 2016 at Potter Heigham, Norfolk
Water frolics, canoe races, ‘Spark of Light’ trips, village fete, games, face-painting, build your own boat and race it with owners of Herbert Woods boats taking part.
The only surviving original ‘Starlight’ cruiser will be attending the Regatta and the owners will be please to take visitors on river trips!
Herbert Woods set out to design and build a new style of boat, the ‘Light’ cruiser, that was suitable for the narrow rivers and shallow broads, was easy to handle and set new standards in comfort.
By 1939 the company had a fleet of 45 ‘Light’ hire cruisers ranging in size from two berths to eight berths.
Michael Whitaker, Partner of Herbert Woods says: “I am privileged to say that 90 years on, the size of the hire cruiser fleet, still incorporating ‘Light’ in all the names, has been increased to 130 craft and a new boat building programme is well established to refresh the fleet with new designs.”
He adds: “In celebration of Herbert Woods’ pioneering history the company is launching ten new day hire Picnic Boats, the first new design on The Broads for 25 years, in time for Easter 2016. I think Herbert Woods would be proud that his vision is still going strong and that tourism on The Broads is as popular as ever.”
In 2015, the company invested £300K into two new ‘Dazzling Light’ cruisers – 44 foot, eight-berth vessels, manufactured to specific standards on site and have built nine new ‘Light’ cruisers since 2010.
There is also a fleet of day boats, canoes and fishing boats for hire, waterside cottages for hire, a marina for 145 private craft, a yacht brokerage and an estate agents specialising in waterside properties.
The company has invested heavily, amounting to £3m in the site and fleet over the past five years.
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