Each of our clinker-built traditional Norfolk fishing boats have remained in and around Norfolk’s waters since they were built as far back as 1951.
Specifically designed and honed for hundreds of years by generations of fisherman for the unique conditions of the North Sea and strong tides along the North Norfolk Coast.
As a fleet they can transport you anywhere from the quietest creek to an invigorating sail up to three miles from shore.
30’ open wooden gaff rigged whelk boat. Ideal for coastal sailing and camping out with a wood burning stove and canvas tent.
max 8 people
20’ open wooden lug rigged crab boat. Ideal for calm coastal sailing, exploring creeks and crossing sand banks.
max 6 people
16’ open wooden lug rigged row boat. Ideal for exploring the smallest creeks..
Currently undergoing refurbishment
max 4 people
Our boats are based in Wells Next the Sea, but we can operate from any harbour, staithe or creek between Thornam (to the west) and Cley (to the east), thus enabling one-way trips, alternate pick ups and or drop offs.
We try to sail with the weather, to make your charter as enjoyable as possible, and we can also make the most of creek sailing, which can even eliminate the need to go to sea!
The above offers an approximate estimate of how far we can sail on particular tides, but there is a certain amount of flexibility and so the routes can be discussed in further detail.
We believe in doing everything properly, so the foraged food or high quality locally sourced meals are just as important to us as every other aspect of your exploration.
For the adventure trips there is an emphasis on coastal field craft and how you can sustain yourself. Foraging, preparing and serving wild food such as mackerel, cockles, mussels and samphire are a part of your experience.
For the relaxed trips our food is organic, whenever possible, and home-cooked. We use a gas stove and a very smart enamel catering set to create and serve your meals. We also love afternoon tea, so there is usually a tin of homemade cake and fresh pot of tea!
Henry and skippers have a minimum of Coastal Yacht Master (commercially endorsed) for coastal sailing; however, this is underpinned with local knowledge of the North Norfolk Coast and in Henry’s case, professional small boat training in the Royal Marines with the Special Boat Service (R), with operational experience in the Indian Ocean and the Sudd of South Sudan.
The Coastal Exploration Co works closely with wildlife and conservation agencies along the North Norfolk coast to minimise our footprint. We believe it is a privilege to have access to this stunning piece of coast, we therefore avoid areas of sensitive wildlife and never leave any rubbish and or sign.