The new Haines 360 aft cabin cruiser took pride of place in our new workshop space which was transformed for the occasion. Her proud owners were in attendance as other guests seized the opportunity to have an exclusive first viewing of this new craft. The boat was extremely well received with many visitors commenting on the boats impressive use of space, and the amount of accommodation delivered belying its 36 foot overall length.

Over 200 guests enjoyed an entertaining afternoon at the NYA Brundall site as they toasted the launch of the latest addition to the Haines boat range.

As well as this brand new cruiser we also showcased a collection of the Haines range including the Haines 400, 42 Elegance,  two 350’s, 320, 35 OS, and the new Haines 32 Sedan.

To help with the party atmosphere the canapés and refreshments were enjoyed by all into the evening. We would like to extend a hearty thank you all our customers and friends for helping make it such a special day.


The first of our Introductory Cruises kicked off last week with a superb time had by all.

9 motor cruisers 7 of which had never been to sea before plus photographer Denise and Stewart and cruising club regulars Pete and Debbie Harrison. ( Pete is our Diver If needed ).

We met at the Berney Arms for introductions and skippers briefing at 1000hrs on Friday morning. Our plans had included Southwold on Saturday but with the wind speeds forecast to increase on Sunday, we abandoned this leg.

Having talked them through the protocol and answered questions we departed the moorings bound for an 1130 hrs Haven Bridge lift. Out to sea conditions were pleasant with  about 10 knots of wind South westerly and a gentle swell. We ran the 7 miles to Lowestoft at a gentle 8 - 9 knots.  The faster boats were able to have a play and open up and down the coast whilst not overtaking the lead boat.

It is NYA Cruising Club policy that we stay together as a group  with our lead boat up front and our sweeper boat at the back. This way nobody gets left on their own  and the sweeper boat is able to pass information to the lead boat if anyone appears to be struggling.  Our 6.5 meter RIB is also amongst the group. The most important job the RIB has to do Is to collect Speedo from the lead boat and take him to any of the fleet who experience mechanical problems.

We were all safely tied up in the RNSYC by 1300 hrs for a relaxing afternoon and re grouped in the bar at 1800hrs for drinks and for crews to meet and exchange experiences. Dinner was then served to the RNSYC s` usual high standard then back to the bar for much hilarity and a great evening in good company.

We awoke bleary eyed on Saturday morning to a beautiful still sunny day. With wind forecast to pick up later we took the decision to leave  at 0830hrs so the crews could experience one of those all too rare flat calm seas and sunshine.

We then headed north at 8 knots and the boats opened up for pictures taken by Denise Bradley on Kind of Magic. By the time we arrived at Gt Yarmouth conditions were still perfect and with a low tide we decided to take the fleet over to Scroby Sands for a spot of seal spotting - we were not disappointed, there were hundreds of them sunbathing on the sand bank

Then into Yarmouth for a 1030 Haven Bridge lift and onto Reedham Ferry for a leisurely lunch. We regrouped later at the excellent Waterside Inn at Bramerton for Drinks, Dinner and farewells.

A really super cruise was had, with everyone getting a lot from it and really appreciating the support and comfort offered from having engineers and Yachtmasters on hand to ensure their safety. It is important to mention that we do not charge people to come on these cruises or for the engineering back up at sea.

It was fabulous to see how thrilled this group were at going to sea for the first time. They were a great bunch and very sociable and all want to come again as soon as we can.

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Next NYA Cruising Club Cruise is 14th April to WoodBridge and Walton on the Naze followed by  Southwold in May and St Katharines in June.

Many thanks to Denise of 'Boat Magic Images' for the photo - please see her website where you can view and order photographs of the weekend.


After a tireless search the ideal Cruising Club Lead boat has been found. The Boat, A Sunseeker Predator 62, has an immense 1800hp making her functional as well as pleasing to the eye. This alluring yacht has only done 120 hours and has never been slept on

Our Director James and our Service Centre Manager Mark ‘Speedo’ made the trip over to Spain to see the boat in the flesh and, after an extensive look over and speed trials at sea they decided that she would fill the roll perfectly.

The Predator 62 has often been regarded as an extremely capable yacht with very positive reviews since their launch. This boat has had our eye for quite some time with her sweeping curves and spirited performance.

All at NYA are eagerly anticipating the arrival of this beautiful boat which will be heading to Southampton from Gibraltar very soon. We hope to have her with us by the end of the month, just in time for the St Katharines cruise.  All that remains now is to pick a name!