We are open 7 days a week - 9am to 5pm.

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.

The Owner

Sutton Staithe Boatyard is owned and personally ran by Rob Frearson.  As a young boy, Rob spent every holiday on The Broads with his parents. His parents encouraged Rob's love of The Broads and this love of The Broads 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 our Recovery Tugs, Brian and Norman, heading out to recover members who have broken down.

The Team

Sutton Staithe Boatyard has a team of 12 who work to provide the best possible standard of work. We take pride in our work and want our customers to be happy, to recommend us and to return.


Here at Sutton Staithe Boatyard, we offer an extensive range of services for all your boating requirements. Our qualified engineers and boat builders work to the highest standards for the repair, servicing, and maintenance of your boat.

We also offer:

  • Day and Picnic Boat Hire
  • Canoe and Kayak Hire
  • Norfolk Broads Boat Recovery - covering the whole of the Norfolk Broads network.  Providing you with peace of mind whether you are on the Northern or Southern Broads
  • Norfolk Broads Sunken Boat Retrieval
  • Diesel
  • Water
  • Pump outs (pick up one of our pump out loyalty cards to buy nine, get tenth FREE!)
  • Bottled Flogas
  • Electric cards
  • Boat Sales

Facilities are available all year round (seasonal opening times apply).


Slipway Launching Fees (each way):

Boats up to15ft£7.00
Boats 15 - 21ft£8.00
Boats 21ft and over£10.00
Annual Passes - Leisure £75.00
Annual Passes - Commercial£125.00

Take the worry out of launching with our assisted tractor launch £35.00 each way, plus slipway charge.

The parishioners of Sutton have free slip way access.


Sutton Staithe Boatyard is close to Sutton Broad which is owned by the RSPB and is classed as a very important wetland habitat. It is a wonderfully quiet place to start your trip.

Combine great boating with stunning scenery and unforgettable sights. Look out for the striking blue flash of Kingfishers, 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.