Would you like to buy a river ranger’s boat? Rare chance to snap up patrol vessel used on the Norfolk Broads

PUBLISHED: 16:30 16 January 2014 | UPDATED: 16:30 16 January 2014

One of the Broads Authority boats that is up for sale. Picture: submitted

One of the Broads Authority boats that is up for sale. Picture: submitted


Boating enthusiasts are being given a rare opportunity to buy a classic patrol vessel as used on Norfolk’s famous Broads.

The Broads Authority is selling off two of its traditional Thames launches, which have been taken out of service after keeping a look out of the popular waterways for 40 years.

Both are 29ft long, have a 7ft beam, are fitted with a 38hp Nanni diesel engine and will be sold with a new boat safety certificate.

Inside, their wooden cabins are fitted with a gas hob, grill and a diesel heater. They have undergone refits most years so their condition for their age is extremely high.

Motor Launch Thurne, built in 1975, was originally based at Irstead helmed by Port and Haven Commissioners staff until the inspectors transferred to the Broads Authority in 1989. During the last ten years it has been used by rangers in the Wroxham area.

Motor Launch Barton, built in 1976, was always based at Ludham and mainly patrolled the middle and lower Bure.

The pair have been replaced by the heavy weather vessel Spirit of Breydon, which patrols Breydon Water, and a new generation craft with a hybrid engine, that patrols the River Yare.

Arrangements for viewing the vessels can be made via Broads Control on 01603 756056. Offers over £25,000 should be made by sealed bid on a form obtained during the visit, or from Broads Control by Friday, March 21.

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