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Whispering Reeds Boats

Whispering Reeds Boats Ltd was founded in 1962 by Jack Tusting, a Norwich builders merchant and Frank Chettleburgh, a local farmer. Both were involved with Hickling Broad Sailing Club, and it was always said that they bought the old Beales Boatyard on this site to ‘stop the big boys moving in’. The boatyard was quickly established as a holiday business, letting houseboats, holiday cruisers and day boats as well as managing moorings and carrying out repairs and maintenance. This remains the company’s core business to this day.


Whispering Reeds Boats Ltd Has been owned and operated by the same family for 54 years. Our site at the North end of Hickling Broad is the perfect place for a day out on a boat, or for a holiday on a Houseboat. We also offer all the other boatyard services of moorings, repairs, launching and storage. In 2016 we started building boats again as well.
In 2011 we took the decision to stop doing the conventional hiring of week long cruiser holidays through an agency. As most of the smaller yards on the Broads have found, it’s just impossible to make a small fleet pay it’s way any more. Since then we’ve concentrated on offering great Houseboat Holidays, days out in a load of different boats, and this year, in 2016, we’re starting the exciting task of building brand new, high quality, boats.

The future is very exciting for Whispering Reeds.