about our family business

family run & operated

During 2020 John and Fliss decided that they wanted to try turning their boating hobby into a business . The idea was (and still is) to enjoy work, give people a boat trip experience they’ll enjoy and try and do a little for local charities.

We are a locally based family run business operating from Lowestoft in Suffolk and have our passengers and local community at the heart of what we do, that being to provide boat trips in Norfolk and Suffolk!

The director standing on the boat with a shipping container behind

Our Offerings

With our boat, Shearwater, we take boat trips and RIB rides from Lowestoft’s South Pier to see seals at Scroby Sands, tours of Lowestoft Harbour, sightseeing trips along Norfolk/Suffolk’s sunrise coast and lots more! We’ve also expanded into operating boat trips on the Broads National Park, specifically the southern Broads, with a range of exciting excursions.

We use an online booking provider, Fareharbour, so you can see what boat trips we have running and live availability, making it super simple to book a trip. Trips do fill up fast, and we also allow walk ins, so if you don’t see what you’re after, give us a call and we can normally accommodate something for you.

Private charters/group bookings are available, we want to make your trip as special as possible and we will do everything to ensure it exceeds your expectations!

Our Core Values

You can scroll down below to find out more about how we give back and are a responsible boat operator

Donations to local charities including charity run trips
Sea Watch Recommended Boat Operator / Wise Accredited
Going green and doing our part for the environment
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Our boat

Shearwater

Water Jets

Our boat utilises a water jet drive, meaning no propeller in the water, making her extremely safe around marine life and swimmers. It also makes her extremely maneuverable and able to operate in shallow waters.

Passenger Comfort

We have 12 inboard seats, 6 each side. Our seats are all angled outwards meaning you get great views all round. As she is a RIB based design, this makes her good at giving a comfortable ride during rougher seas.

Open Boat Design

Our boat is open top, so you’ll really feel the rush when we get underway. You’ll also get your fair share of sea spray, but it’s all part of the fun! It makes for a unique and highly enjoyable experience that you can really feel!

Safety

Shearwater is commercially coded and licensed (following a thorough inspection) to operate up to 23 miles from the coast. We carry a very comprehensive set of safety and emergency equipment preparing us for any situation or event.

Our Values

how we give back

Whilst this is a commercial venture it’s very important to us that we give something back to the local area and do our part to protect wildlife and the environment.

Charities

We make our boat and staff available free of charge to some local charities, working closely with them. In 2022 we made our boat available free of charge for the historic Smack Races off Lowestoft and for the Lowestoft Heritage Open Days

Money Raising

Money raising for charities: when people book we encourage them to donate to charities such as RSPCA East WinchLydia Eva / Mincarlo Trust and Friends of Horsey Seals. We also carry collection tins for some charities so passengers can donate before or after a trip.

Wildlife Protection

We are Accredited Wildlife Safe Operators (WiSe Scheme), which is a national training scheme for minimising disturbance to marine wildlife. We are also a Sea Watch Foundation Recommended Boat Operator, a national charity working to improve the conservation of whales, dolphins and porpoises.

The Environment

As part of any maritime operators good duty and responsibility, we will pick up and correctly dispose of any waste we come across whilst at sea or in harbour. We have strict preventative measures on oil and other contaminants entering the water. Our crew van is also fully electric.