Our Charity

‘For many this was their first time on a boat and their first visit to the Broads…..we are incredibly grateful for the wonderful experience you gave us.’

Mrs Norris, St Mary’s Junior Academy

The Norfolk Heritage Fleet Trust has in its care the last remaining traditional fleet of Norfolk Broads hire yachts. Our purpose is to ‘Advance the education of the public by the provision of facilities for sail training and to maintain, promote, restore, conserve, improve and develop historic and traditional sailing and other craft relating to the Norfolk and Suffolk Broads for the public benefit’.

Young people are at the heart of our charitable activities and have been since 1967 when the Yard and fleet was bought by Norfolk County Council to be used as its county sailing base.  The Council’s aim was to encourage young people to sail and experience the team spirit involved in sailing.  This is still true today. 

In 1996 the Council sold the operation and it became a charity – the Norfolk Heritage Fleet Trust. The Trust continues this youth work.

The fleet is also available for hire. All surplus income goes to maintaining the historic fleet and using it to introduce children and young people to the unique environment of the Broads and to the challenges and triumphs of sailing.

Our Trustees

A dedicated team of volunteers (Trustees) look after the trust and ensure that Hunters continues to operate as a traditional yard and offer opportunities for youth groups and schools as well as individuals. The Trustees are also responsible for ensuring we maintain the necessary boat building skills and resources to ensure the fleet is conserved, maintained and promoted.

Neville Khambatta

RYA SI & Chairman

Alastair Drew


Philip Bray

Trust Secretary & Volunteer Skipper

Madeleine Coupe


Kristian Nelson