Herbert Woods – A Famous Broadland Pioneer


48 years after his premature death at the age of 63 the achievements of Norfolk boatbuilder and designer Herbert Woods have finally been recorded in this new biography undertaken by his youngest daughter Jennifer. Among Herbert Woods’ many achievements was the building of Broads Haven in Potter Heigham which was the first yacht marina on the Broads if not the world. The large 2 acre yacht basin was literally dug by hand and completed in 1931. Broads Haven was home to the renowned Herbert Woods hire fleet with its “Lady” fleet of yachts and “Light” fleet of motor cruisers. Herbert Woods also designed many types of private boats including his personal racing yacht Ladybird, the Norfolk dinghy and the 22ft Norfolk Punt Limelight. The fact that many of these boats are still sailing today speaks volumes for the craftsmanship of the boatbuilders at his Potter Heigham yard. During WWII Broads Haven was used to build a variety of craft for the war effort from the 112ft Fairmile B ML 920 through to the 16ft Admiralty survey dinghies




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