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Sutton Staithe Boatyard

Sutton Staithe Boatyard is an independent boatyard situated on the River Ant in the heart of the Norfolk Broads. You will find us just off the A149 between Stalham and Potter Heigham, next to The Sutton Staithe Hotel.


Here at Sutton Staithe Boatyard, we offer an extensive range of services for all your boating requirements. Our qualified engineers work to the highest standards for the repair, servicing, and maintenance of your boat.  Diesel, water and pump out facilities are available all year round (seasonal opening times apply). Look no further for a fun day out by hiring one of our Picnic or Day Boats, Canoes or Kayaks. We also have a Boat Brokerage Service if you are looking to buy or sell a boat.

Sutton Staithe Boatyard offers a Boat Recovery Service covering the whole of the Norfolk Broads network.  Providing you with peace of mind whether you are on the Northern or Southern Broads.

The Owner

Sutton Staithe Boatyard is owned and personally ran by Rob Frearson.  As a young boy, Rob spent every holiday here with his parents. His parents encouraged Rob's love of The Broads which continues to this day.  Rob is known for his caring and helpful manner and will always have time to spend with you. Rob runs a very successful Boat Recovery Club and will be seen out on Brian and now Norman who has joined the fleet this year, heading out to recover members who have broken down.


Sutton Broad is owned by the RSPB and is classed as a very important wetland habitat. It is a wonderfully quiet place to start your trip, or for a spot of birdwatching or fishing.

Combine great boating with stunning scenery and unforgettable sights. Look out for the striking blue flash of Kingfishers, the relatively rare Marsh and Hen Harriers soaring across the wide East Anglian skies, the booming Bitterns, Herons, (or ‘Harnsers’ as they’re known locally) and even Cranes. The area also plays host to beautiful butterflies including the rare Swallowtail, plus stunning dragon, and damselflies such as the Norfolk Hawker and the Azure Damselfly. If you’re lucky, you might even spot an otter, which have made a comeback around Sutton and Barton Broad in recent years.

There is ample free parking alongside the boatyard.

We are proud to say that many of our customers come back to us time after time because they know we offer an excellent service at honest prices.

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