The return of Norada

East Anglia is home to a wonderful selection of classic sailing and power boats. As part of my plan for this section of the website I intend to highlight some of the area’s rich maritime heritage.

The miserable weather of 2012’s so-called summer failed to damped the enthusiasm of the Wherry Yacht Charter Charitable Trust’s numerous supporters when the rejuvenated 53ft wherry yacht Norada set sail for the first time six years. She was built for hire by Ernest Collins in 1912 and is the first of the Trust’s three wherries to emerge from an extensive restoration at its Wroxham base. The work carried out since 2006 includes rebuilding the counter stern along with the replacement of the tabernacle, several planks and frames. Having completed a number of day charters in 2012, Norada should be available this season for longer skippered charters as soon as remaining internal work has been completed.

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