Different Types of Cruiser

We have a wide variety of cruisers within our fleet; the following will give you more information on the different types of cruiser and some of the features you may find on board. You can also view our entire fleet of boats for hire on the Norfolk Broads.

Single Level

Single Level CruiserAs the name suggests these boats are all on one level so are great for small children or anyone that has difficulty with stairs.

Visibility may not be as good on these types of boats as the steering position is usually at the front so it can be less easy to see what the back of the boat is doing when manoeuvring. It can also be more difficult to see over the river banks if they are high.

However the low profile of these boats makes them the best choice for going under low Broads bridges.

These boats tend to have either a sunroof or full or split sliding canopies over the saloon. These are great to open in good weather but may suffer from draughts in very high winds.

Central Steering

Central Steering Cruiser

These boats have a raised centre cockpit which offers good visibility around the boat. There is usually some additional seating behind the helm to from a raised saloon which means everyone gets a good view over the river banks.

These boats will normally have a sliding canopy over, which may be manual or winch operated. As with the single level cruisers these boats may suffer from some leakage and draughts around the canopy during very bad weather.

These boats will fit under most but not all bridges, remember to lower the canopy and windscreen.

Aft Cockpit

Aft Cockpit Cruiser

These boats usually have a rear entrance to the cabin and a folding canvas canopy over the rear seating area which can be lowered for open air dining. It is worth noting that the canopies on these cruisers are usually fitted using press-studs along the outside edge so they can be more time consuming to open/close than a sliding canopy.

As you have to steer these boats from the outside, they are not suitable for use in very cold weather.


Dual Steering

Dual Steering Cruiser

Stylish and modern looking these boats have an inside and outside steering position, there will often be steps up to the upper deck.

Depending on the particular boat the upper sundeck may feature seating, dining area and sun beds.

Due to the height of these cruisers you will not be able to fit under some of the bridges on the Broads.

Elite Cruisers

Elite Cruiser

Our Elite Cruisers represent the finest cruisers within the Herbert Woods fleet and include our newest boats.

Each cruiser has a light and spacious interior and has been finished to the highest standard using quality fixtures and materials. Features you can find on board some of our Elite cruisers are bow thrusters, Free-Sat TV, power showers and granite worktops. Please see individual boat listings for details.

Being an Elite customer also comes with its own benefits including early check in, complimentary parking for up to 3 vehicles and an Elite hamper waiting for you on board.

Connoisseur Cruisers

Connoisseur Cruiser

The Connoisseur Cruisers were added to the Herbert Woods fleet in 2014. These centre cockpit cruisers are well known for being some of the best Broads boats ever built and carry a loyal following, which is why we have maintained their name.

Each of these cruisers has been thoughtfully designed with the Broads in mind and their sleek style means that they are able to fit under the low Broads bridges and the side access makes accessibility from side moorings much easier.


Different Boat Features

Bow Thrusters

Bow ThrusterOften found on the larger or more modern cruisers. Bow thrusters are additional propellers located at the front of the boat, either side of the bow. These are usually operated by a joy stick style control at the helm. When activated they will push the front end of the boat left or right, aiding manoeuvrability.

Some cruisers will feature both bow thrusters (at the front) and the stern thrusters (at the back), this makes manoeuvring even easier as it is possible to push the entire boat parallel to the left or right. Perfect for getting into tight mooring spaces. It is also possible to pivot the boat on itself which is handy for turning in tight spaces.

The boats that feature Bow and/or Stern Thrusters can be identified by the symbol in the description. 


240v Electricity

24ov ElectricElectricity on board all of our cruisers is supplied by a bank of 12v batteries with a 12v-240v inverter; this supplies the 240v system on board. Please ensure that the mains electrical devices that you bring with you are suitable for 240v and does not exceed 1200w. Any device that exceeds 1000w must only be used with the engine running in neutral in order to limit battery drain.

Unlike main electricity it is not limitless, if you use power without running the engine you will flatten the battery. We advise that you cruise for a minimum 4-5 hours a day to keep the battery charged.


External shore power connection

Shore PowerIn addition to the battery and inverter, some of our cruisers also feature an external shore power connection. This connects to the cruiser at one end and an electricity point at the other. Electricity points can be found at the following boatyards and moorings.

If you choose a cruiser that has a shore power connection we recommend that you use this whenever possible as this will supply your power and charge your batteries at the same time, without running the engine. The Skippers Manual on board each cruiser provides instruction on how to use the external shore power connection.

External shore power will be listed in the cruisers features.


Warm Air Heating

All of our cruisers operate a warm air heating system on board.


No Pet

No Pets

The majority of our cruisers will allow one pet. However we do reserve a small selection of the fleet as No Pet for those customers that may have allergies. If you would prefer a No Pet cruiser they can be identified by this symbol next to the name.




MicrowaveMicrowaves are available free of charge across most of our cruisers. However, these do need to be requested in advance either over the phone before you arrive or by using the online My Account facility; the microwave tick box is located under Extras.

If you do decide to have a microwave please be aware that they use a lot of battery power during operation. So it is necessary to run your engine in neutral, whilst the microwave is being used, in order to limit battery drain.


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