Work at Mutford Lock so far has established that there is a mis-alignment with one of the pintle bearings, the sill at the Oulton Broad end is in poor condition and there is wear to the gate timber.  The result, as previously stated, is that the gates are not sealing which prevents the control of water level in the lock chamber.

Further diving work are being undertaken this week and next week, working on the gate bearings in preparation for repair and re-alignment.  This should be completed in the week commencing the 4th May which if successful will return the lock to normal operation.  If this is not successful and a seal across the gates cannot be established then further work will necessary and involve removal of a gate for repair.

With an experienced dive team and specialist Engineers we are working hard to resolve the issues as soon as possible and return the lock to full operation.   Until this is done the lock is out of action and with no alternative method of operation. 


After a fantastic run of luck with the weather for last years cruising dates, the weather has somewhat conspired against us so far this year.

Our mid March Southwold Novice Cruise had to be cancelled due to strongish easterlys.  The forecast for the entire week of our Easter East Coast Cruise, it has to be said, was somewhat worse.  Winds between force 7 to 10 somewhat thwarted our seagoing ambitions.

The beauty of a Broads base is that conditions needn’t stop your boating……….. Plans were put in place, moorings were booked & the NYA fleet gathered at the Waveney River Centre on Saturday 28th March.  After a drinks party aboard Evita, the group enjoyed the facilities and restaurant of this delightful place before moving up to Somerleyton Staithe for an excellent Sunday lunch at the Dukes Head.

The fleet then visited Oulton Broad Yacht Station and took a trip to look at the sea at Lowestoft by train.

The weeks forecast began to improve gradually and Thursday was identified as a reasonable enough forecast to take the fleet to Southwold.  After a couple of relaxed days in Southwold the fleet headed to the Royal Norfolk & Suffolk Yacht Club at Lowestoft on Saturday before returning to Great Yarmouth & the Broads on Sunday.


Easter weekend was certainly a busy one for the crew at NYA. With our first Cruising Club venture of 2015 concluding on Saturday in Lowestoft, a quick train journey back to Brundall saw us back in time to celebrate the grand opening of East Hills Café Bistro and it was quite a party!

East Hills, formerly the location of Brundall Motor Yacht Club, is the venture of two of our cruising club regulars John and Sophie Hodgkinson and Jamie Podgers and certainly did not disappoint on the night.

We arrived at the newly renovated space to a prosecco reception and canapés; it was the perfect opportunity to spend time with some long-time friends and customers who had all come out to sample the delights on offer.

Situated in the heart of the picturesque Brundall riverside, included in the café bistro is a shop selling a variety of beautiful gifts, clothing and accessories. East Hills has been highly anticipated since work started renovating and it definitely lived up to expectations. With a cosy atmosphere, friendly staff and excellent food, we are sure to go back time and time again.

We look forward to spending more fun evenings there and wish all at East Hills the best of luck.


Haines and NYA are ever busy behind the scenes looking at ways to develop the already stellar range. After the success of the 32 Offshore and Sedan attentions have been turned to the flagship cruiser, the prestigious Haines 400. This boat has proven to be hugely popular since its unveiling in late 2010 and with a record of excellent performance and versatility it is no surprise that this particular craft continues to prevail in the European market.

The 2016 model will have all the well loved characteristics of the previous model with a subtle but notably updated exterior. Featuring cleverly designed hull windows, with a new layout configuration, the 2016 model  will also be fitted with the latest Yanmar engines.

Yanmar has developed a new 4.46 litre twin-turbo V8 diesel engine producing 370hp. This engine is bound to impress with low noise levels and smooth V8 performance alongside Yanmar’s solid reputation for reliability and durability. This engine is set to push marine standards to a new high.

Our beautiful new boat is set to be one of NYA’s own stock built boats and will be launched at the 2015 Southampton Boat Show. It will bethe first Haines 400 to feature the striking Stone Grey hull. This hull colour was seen on the latest Haines 32 Offshore and received no end of compliments much to her owners delight!

Needless to say we can’t wait for this gorgeous new boats arrival.