Many people these days don't just dream about an idyllic retirement where they buy an old boat and “do it up”; they actively decide to do something about it.
Martham Boats provides an extensive building and repair service and all our staff are fully experienced in traditional wooden boat building methods. We are almost unique in offering a well-established and professionally supervised facility for the DIY enthusiast.
Literally everything is available from materials, lifting gear, marine hard woods, paints, varnishes and fixings to one off items. Our onsite electrical and mechanical engineers are here to help you with any issues you may have, and a stainless steel fabrication workshop for any requirements might need for gas, fuel and waste tanks to sump trays, eyebolts and deck fittings.
Our workshops are equipped with industrial power woodworking machinery which enable us to form, cut and trim timber to our customer’s exact specification. The location of our sheds enable easy access by either road or water and we either have undercover space, consisting of over 1800 square feet, or in our outside area, which is covered by security cameras.
The Restoration of Maggie Jane
This Broads Cruiser was originally built as Judith IV here at Martham in 1952, and for many years cruised the Broads as part of our hire fleet. She was sold in 1984 to a gentleman from Kent who re-named her Maggie Jane. After 8 years she was then re-sold to a local man in Stalham.
After couple of years Maggie Jane became too expensive for her owner to maintain and she was brought home to us here at Martham, where she stayed in our “graveyard” rapidly deteriorating. In the winter of 2000, she was taken on by a retired couple, who over many years, loving restored her to her former glory. Maggie Jane was re-launched on 12th May 2007 and once again is cruising the Broads looking as good as the day she was first launched in the fifties.