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About Us

The Norfolk Broads boasts a rich history and in the 1960s Broadland had become one of the most important holiday destinations in the UK.

In 1961, Bridgecraft was the first boatyard to introduce hire cruisers built with fibreglass hulls. This saw the “Conway”, “Windsor”, “Brooklyn” and “Humber Bridge” added to their range and cost from £17 per week rising to £31 in peak season. With Bridgecraft setting the trend, over the next decade the numbers of fibre glass boats were to increase greatly, alongside traditional wooden cruisers. 

Keir Bedwell, a Diesel engineer in Essex would often visit the Norfolk Broads with his family for holidays and kept his own boat in Stalham. In 1973, when Keir and his wife Lois learnt that there was a boatyard in the area for sale, they jumped at the opportunity. Within 3 months, they had moved with their sons Mark and Neil to Acle and were letting out their first boats - at that time with 9 in the fleet.

The Bedwell family have delivered memorable holidays to countless customers over the years and have won multiple awards in business and customer service. Bridgecraft have seen repeat customers returning year after year and consider them their extended family.

Sadly Keir and Lois passed away in 2005 and 2011. Their work ethic and passion for boating they have instilled in their sons, Mark and Neil, who still run Bridgecraft boatyard with Mark's wife Stephanie and their son Daniel. 

The Bedwell Family - Mark, Neil, Stephanie, Daniel and the Bridgecraft team look forward to welcoming you on your holiday. With a family touch that you won't experience at larger boatyards, they strive to deliver the same exceptional customer service that Bridgecraft has offered since they began in 1973. 

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