Neil Thompson Boats Ltd
Neil Thompson Boats Ltd
North Norfolk Marine Centre, Stiffkey Road, Wells-Next-The-Sea, Norfolk, NR23 1QB, UK
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Having recently moved to the picturesque seaside town of Wells-Next-The-Sea, just a stones throw from the Wells harbour, Neil Thompson Boats is here to provide all your boating needs. We are less than ten minutes drive from Blakeney and Morston and we are situated right on the beautiful North Norfolk coast. We at Neil Thompson Boats strive to produce hand built craft where every single part is manufactured on site or from our trusted suppliers.

Our Norfolk Range is often likened to the Cornish Crabber and Drascombe range for its traditional gunter rig and timeless classic appeal. The Norfolk Range boats are built to last a lifetime and can be seen as an investment opportunity.

Our small and dedicated team of boat builders aim to create something that is beautiful and truly unique. Pure quality without any compromise.

We also pride ourselves on the sale of preowned boats from within the Norfolk Range.

If you’re looking for that perfect new boat for you, why not have a look at our boats for sale page, or call the office for more information.

For boat owners local to Blakeney, Morston, Wells-next-the-Sea, Holkham, Burnham Overy, Brancaster Staithe, Weybourne, Sheringham, Cromer, Over-Strand and the Norfolk Broads, we offer a vast range of boat yard services that include engine servicing, storage, repairs, restorations and in-house specialist marine re-sprays. If you need a new engine for your boat we are an authorised Honda dealer and would be happy to offer any advice on what engine would best suit your boat.

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Norfolk Trader
Immensely sturdy steel construction with bottom section hull plating up to 25mm to provide strength for grounding and ample thickness for wear Very shallow draught Sits upright when grounded Hull lines carefully faired at foreward and aft ends to ensure impressive sailing ability Extremely spacious accommodation for up to 8 people (Norfolk Trader 45) and 12 people (Norfolk Trader 65) Full standing headroom throughout Self-contained and private owner’s cabin (all layouts) Standard interior layouts include: Full live-aboard Day-sailing/hospitality Charter

Norfolk Smuggler
The Norfolk Smuggler 25 has been carefully designed to ensure a single-handed sailing ability when required. The cockpit is as large as the Gypsy's to allow comfortable sailing for up to six adults and to provide ample stowage space in the cockpit lockers. The cabin trunk provides standing headroom through the yacht without looking cumbersome, and ahead of this there is a safe foredeck to provide security for the foredeck hand. This vessel has been designed to be shoal draught with a centreboard increasing draught from 2'9" with plate up to 4'11" with plate down. The centreboard is raised and lowered with an easy to operate manual winch. The Smuggler has a heavy displacement hull with a good ballast ratio to provide power under sail and good internal volume. Due to her firm turn of the bilge hull form, her stability is exceptionally good. The high peaked gaff rig, used to such good effect on the Norfolk Gypsy, has again been used on this boat but this time cutter rigged to break down the larger sail area and to provide different permutations when the time comes to reduce sail. The rig will provide excellent sailing performance in all points of sail with exceptionally good windward performance. The deck stepped mast is housed in a large tabernacle (with fixed gooseneck to simplify mast lowering). The Smuggler 25 is, therefore, eminently suitable for canal sailing, for example, when mast lowering and raising is necessary on a frequent basis. Headroom in the interior is 5'10" (1.79m) on the centreline over a level sole (the centreboard being located under the cabin sole). The heads are outfitted to a high standard incorporating a flushing toilet with an optional holding tank facility.

Norfolk Gypsy
The Norfolk Gypsy is a 20’ gunter rigged yacht. Considerable use of traditional brass, bronze and galvanised steel fittings, hardwood for exterior trim, oak and teak for interior trim and spruce spars combine together with the use of best quality resins, glass fibre and gelcoat (all hand laid) to produce a very low maintenance and immensely seaworthy yacht. She is equally suitable for exploring shallow tidal estuaries as for longer coastal passages in testing conditions. Her shallow draught and bilge runners also enable the boat to be beached without excessive heel. To ensure stability, the Norfolk Gypsy combines heavy construction with internal ballast and a firm turn of the bilge. The modest high peaked gaff (gunter) rig has been designed to give excellent performance in both light airs and stronger winds and is easily handled in rough weather. The simple slab reefing system for the mainsail and the roller reefing system for the genoa provides fast and efficient reefing. The mainsail has been carefully cut to maximise windward performance. The Norfolk Gypsy can also be sailed on either mainsail or jib alone. The centreboard is lowered and raised with a very high purchase drum winch - the control rope being led into the cockpit for ease of handling by the helmsman. All deck surfaces have a moulded non-slip surface for safe working and the cabin top is fitted with 'Treadmaster' non-slip material. The forward deck has been lowered to provide a safe working area when handling the anchor. In this area there is a substantial wooden sampson post for mooring. The cabin employs a conventional V-berth layout with the galley and WC aft., close to the main hatch. The deckhead of the cabin is constructed in balsa sandwich GRP. The cabin interior is fitted out in oak and teak with a white fibreglass cabin liner which incorporates the berths, galley, lockers etc. There are 6 brass port lights at eye height providing light and vision to both sides of the cabin and forward. The two forward port lights are opening to provide excellent ventilation throughout the cabin. For auxiliary propulsion, the Norfolk Gypsy has the option of either an inboard diesel engine, a Yanmar 10 HP diesel, installed beneath the bridge deck, or an outboard engine mounted in a well at the aft end of the cockpit. Access to the inboard engine is under the hinged step over the engine with space for maintenance when required. The boat has been designed specifically to be trailable and is very easy to launch and recover.

Norfolk Oyster
The Norfolk Oyster is a 17' gunter rigged centreboard dayboat, with simulated clinker hull, spruce spars and tan sails. Her simple efficient rig ensures excellent performance under sail in light or strong winds whilst her deep bow and ample freeboard make her immensely seaworthy. Both mainsail and jib have fixed reefing points (2 positions in mainsail, 1 in jib) so that reducing sail is easily accomplished. A small cut-out in the transom enables an outboard motor to be fitted with ease. When not in use, this can be stowed in chocks in the large forward locker. A 4 or 3.5 HP longshaft engine is recommended. We have found that this provides ample power to make good headway against strong currents. The separately moulded internal layout is uncluttered and roomy allowing 4 - 6 adults and accompanying children, dogs etc. to be comfortably seated without hampering the efficient sailing of the boat. A cambered lowered foredeck houses 2 large lockers (one for the outboard engine) which have separately moulded bins and watertight lids to ensure that picnic, spare clothes etc. remain dry. Sealed compartments under the cambered side benches ensure that the boat is positively buoyant in the unlikely event of her flooding. Teak slats are fitted over the seating to provide an especially safe non-slip surface. This complements the larch sole boards and wide teak capping over the centreboard case. The boat can be rowed - a useful ability in calm weather.

Norfolk Urchin
The Norfolk Urchin is the smallest boat in the Norfolk range and the smaller sister to the 'Norfolk Oyster'. The Urchin is immensely strong throughout, yet light enough to be easily handled on and off a trailer, or pulled up a beach. The Urchin has a 'firm turn' bilge hull ensuring safe sailing even in rough tidal harbours and estuaries. Her rig is a high peaked gunter mainsail with jib. Her sailing performance is quite remarkable, particularly to windward and she will point almost as high as many racing dinghies. This ensures that the boat can be tacked up narrow creeks and estuaries, against the tide if necessary, without the need to resort to engine power or rowing. Full 'built-in' buoyancy is incorporated into the Urchin. The interior of the Urchin is roomy enough to sail safely with up to three adults, or two adults and two children. The internal layout of the boat incorporates adequate seating for crew and helm and a spacious forward stowage locker which is lockable. The boat has been designed to be powered by a 2hp outboard engine which can be clamped onto the heavily reinforced transom. The boat can be sailed with the engine in-situ if required. The engine is adequate to propel the boat at up to 4 knots. The Urchin can also be rowed very easily. There is a wide range of additional equipment for this boat including road trailer, covers, oars, engine, etc.

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