In this year when HRH Queen Elizabeth celebrates her 90th Birthday, the Norfolk Broads hire yacht ‘Zoe’ is celebrating her 120th. year!
Built in 1896 by Ernest Collins of Wroxham as a lugsail rigged counter stern hire yacht, she was originally named ‘Jubilee’ in honour of Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee. She appeared in the very first Broads holiday hire boat brochure published over 100 years ago and is now thought to be the oldest self steer holiday hire boat available anywhere in the UK.
After many pre-war years of providing visitors with enjoyable sailing holidays on the Norfolk Broads, Zoe sadly fell into a state of disrepair and remained an abandoned hull, rotting in a field until her re-discovery in 1945. She was then restored to her former glory and today continues to give holiday makers an absolutely unique sailing experience. She has recently been fitted with a brand new suit of sails (including a top sail) based, it is believed, on her original sail plan (using a set of drawings only recently discovered).
You can hire Zoe for weekly and short break holidays to discover for yourself the magical inland waterways that make up the Broads National Park. For prices and availability of Zoe plus our full range of classic and modern self steer Broads yachts, please visit www.waterwaysholidays.com/sailing_holidays.htm or call our boating holidays team on 01252 796400