Zoe Celebrates 120 Years!

In this year when HRH Queen Elizabeth celebrates her 90th Birthday, the Norfolk Broads hire yacht ‘Zoe’ is celebrating her 120th year!

Zoe celebrates her 120th. birthday!

‘Zoe’ celebrates 120 years making her the UK’s oldest working hire boat

Built in 1896 by Ernest Collins of Wroxham as a lugsail rigged counter stern hire yacht. In honour of Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee, ‘Zoe’ was originally named ‘Jubilee’. She appeared in the very first Broads holiday hire boat brochure published over 100 years ago. She is also 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 is now back to her former glory, undergoing a major restoration project.  Today she continues to give holiday makers an absolutely unique sailing experience. Zoe now also has a brand new suit of sails (including a top sail). The design, very close to her original sail plan (using a set of drawings only recently discovered).

You can hire Zoe for weekly and also 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

 

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