Oliver’s Norfolk Broads Sailing Yachts

'Bright Spark’ 28’ traditional Norfolk Broads Sailing Yacht

Bright Spark has a racing pedigree and is maintained to the highest standard. Equipped with an integral topsail she will perform in the lightest of breezes, but can be quickly reefed in strong winds. Easy to sail with beautiful handling characteristics.  Elegant, spacious and comfortable.

Bright Spark looks pretty in the pictures; it is absolutely beautiful to sail. Ghosting in no wind or storming along in force 4. What a brilliant week. Loved it (didn’t want to give her back).
— Mike

Traditional Norfolk Broads Sailing Boat

  • Two tea towels, washing up liquid, dish cloths, two toilet rolls.

  • Luxury down feel duvets and pillows. All bedding and towels provided.

  • Toilet and shower closet with pull out sink.

  • Hot and cold running water.

  • 28 feet long by 9.6 feet wide (plus small bow sprit).

  • Inboard Yanmar Diesel Engine.

  • Gaff rig with integral topsail 615 sq ft sail area.

  • Complimentary welcome hamper includes: Tea, coffee, milk, sugar, olive oil, biscuits, free range eggs and free range bacon.


  • Accommodation for 2-5 people sleeping in two cabins plus one person sleeping in the cockpit.

  • Large cockpit with sturdy removable table. We have squeezed 8 around the table for a meal.

  • Cockpit cushions.

  • The first cabin has a removable table seating 5 people for meals and social occasions.

  • Full length lifting roof, providing 6 feet of standing room.

  • Blown air heating, to the cockpit and the main cabin.

  • USB charge point.

  • Bed length 7'2"

  • Large galley with double gas hob, grill, oven, sink, draining board and storage cupboards. Fridge.

  • The boat is well stocked with good quality, china, cutlery, glasses, good quality saucepans, a large non stick frying pan and caffetire.

What an amazing holiday. Bright Spark truly is a delightful boat to sail. My sailing is typically in high performance dinghy like 49ers and 18ft skiffs so I doubted that I would be all that impressed with a vintage type boat, how wrong was I. My girlfriend and I spent 5 magical days cruising the broads we went at a very leisurely place and surprised our self’s with how much we got to see and how far we went. My girlfriend was a bit of a novice, she had spent some time on Sunsail yachts and could get a topper around a triangular course so the first thing we did was go to a broad get her on the helm and get her comfortable with helming and basic manoeuvres after an hour of that and one man over board (my glasses fell in the water so I decided in a split second to go after them) we were ready for our adventure and off we went. My girlfriend spent most of the time on the tiller whilst I looked after furling / lowering hoisting the sails and dropping / raising the mast at the bridges, all relativity easy tasks once you are shown the ropes on your induction sail out to Wroxham. The boat sails like a dream, and all the systems worked so smoothly, so well in fact most of the time we could furl / drop the sails have them tied up and drift leisurely up to a parking spot to step off and tie up all without turning the engine on, it really did handle like a small dinghy. If needed the engine was on in a heartbeat to get you to shore or upwind along a particularly narrow bit of broad. The kitchen is so well equipped you could cook a roast (no kidding). The pop top camper roof is brilliant, sleek whilst sailing with loads of room when you pull up for the night or just a cup of tea. You will soon get used to being the envy of the broads, just about every other sail boat has a positive comment on the top sail as you ghost past them effortless using the breaths of wind above the tree line. Get used to being photographed, you will be the most photogenic vessel on the water. I was hoping for a romantic, relaxed holiday and that’s exactly what we got, cruising down a particularly beautiful portion of the river Ant, I dropped to one knee and proposed she said yes so ultimately we had the best holiday ever, even with the occasional rain shower. Thanks so much to Alison and the team at Oliver Sailing Holidays for making the holiday so special and making the booking from another country / time zone so effortless. We live in Australia but we will be back for another holiday soon.
— Simon Maris