British Marine Broads Hire Boat Federation

Broads Hire Boat Federation

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The BHBF represents operators of holiday hire cruisers, charter yachts and all types of day-hire craft on the Norfolk Broads.   

Its membership also includes the two boating holiday marketing agencies Hoseasons and Waterways Holidays, in a non-commercial capacity, as well as other suppliers or service providers to the industry.

About us

As part of the National Park family, the whole of the Norfolk and Suffolk Broads is an environmentally sensitive area and BHBF works closely with the Broads Authority on all navigation matters and on preserving the environmental and economic sustainability of leisure boating.   This includes ensuring that the Authority meets its statutory duty of protecting the interests of navigation by representing members’ interests in consultations on regulation and legislation at a local and national level.

BHBF is also involved in originating or collaborating in initiatives for the promotion of the Broads as a holiday boating and water based leisure destination.

The Federation provides a variety of other services to its members including negotiating and co-ordinating special services to the Broads boat hire industry, managing operational co-operation and arranging meetings as required for information sharing or specific issue debate.

Your exclusive membership benefits:

  • Discounted rates for boat operating members’ participation in the compulsory Quality Accredited Boatyard scheme and optional Boat Grading scheme, details of which can be found here.
  • Access to essential statistics and market intelligence on a range of business related topics.
  • Helpful online resources.
  • Training courses of relevance to all aspects of the marine industry at regional centres.
  • Invitations to British Marine networking and other UK events.
  • Discount on exhibitor space at the Southampton International Boat Show.


Officers and/or members represent BHBF interests on the following bodies:

  • Broads Authority
    and its
  • Navigation Committee
  • Boat Safety Management Group
  • Liaison Group (BA, BHBF and Norfolk & Suffolk Boating Association)
  • Boat Safety Scheme Advisory Committee
  • Broads Tourism Ltd. (DMO Visit the Broads)
  • Broads Society
  • Norfolk & Suffolk Broads Yacht Owners Association


Matthew Thwaites

Vice Chair

James Knight


Tony Howes