A warm, friendly Heather welcome

We are delighted to share Heather, an historic boat, artistic refuge and home for over a century, laying on the ancient Broads Waterways of Norfolk.

It is our aim to preserve the distinctive character of Heather, enabling future generations to enjoy her charms. We welcome you to explore the houseboat and bountiful riverside beyond...

Andrew, Timothy and Christopher

22 June 2016

Take a Punt


An indigenous, natural grey liveried punt ~ the Norfolk equivalent of a Venetian gondola is the newest addition to Heather’s motley fleet. 

Curiously named AHP ~ the letters of Arthur H Patterson, supreme naturalist and Broadsman. The punt is a multi~purpose vessel, powered by oars, paddles, quant ~ punt pole, or even by a small sail. Alternatively, an angled bracket can be attached for an outboard motor engine.

AHP was built by Royalls, based on a 1880 drawing of a Breydon wild fowling punt by Richard Fielding Harmer, a Great Yarmouth solicitor. It is double ended, unlike the rectangular, varnished pleasure punts of 'Oxbridge' fame. The traditional punt is the forerunner to the highly technical racing punts that usually sail on Barton Broad and today are one of the fastest sailing craft in the world.  AHP is used today for light duties, carrying goods and people around.

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