BROOM & SONS LTD
History Broom was founded in 1898 by Charles J Broom who was the grand father of the present chairman, Martin Broom. Martin entered the business after serving a five year apprenticeship at the then largest boat building company in East Anglia, Herbert Woods Ltd., Martin took control of the business when his father Basil retired.
Charles J Broom at first built individual sailing vessels for the local gentry to sail on the wide open spaces of the Norfolk Broads. By the early 1900's the Broads became increasingly popular for people outside the area to visit for boating holidays and so Broom started in 1912 to build and hire out sailing boats. In the early 1920's they were one of the first companies to fit boats with internal combustion engines.
During the 1930's Brooms expanded the hire fleet with the building of motor boats and this lead to demand from individuals asking Brooms to build boats for their own use.
Basil Broom at the helm of a 13ft motor tender circa 1950.
CJ Broom with his wife. With the outbreak of the Second World War in 1939, whilst most of the boatyards were closed down, the Government selected a few to remain in operation and to concentrate on building boats for the British Navy. During those troubled years Brooms built hundreds of harbour launches, lifeboats and fast tenders. This lead the company, for the first time, to build boats in batches to increase production and efficiency which laid the foundation for the present boat building operation.
At first, many boatbuilders on the broads spurned the advent of glassfibre construction in the mid 1960s. Their wooden boats had set remarkable standards for longevity; they mostly operated in fresh water, rarely ventured into rough seas and, when not in use, were kept out of the sun's harmful rays, in boathouses. Many feared that plastic was unproven, and that a switch to the new material would mean sacrificing traditional crafts and jobs. Martin Broom and four businessmen took the initiative and formed a consortium to set up Aquafibre Ltd of Rackheath, Norwich. The new company was designed to supply a selection of hull and deck mouldings for completion by Broom and others. In 1971 Broom acquired a controlling interest in the company. During the 1960's Broom was a market leader in changing from building wooden boats to fibreglass as the principle material. This continuous development and new product policy has given them a leading position amongst European boat builders.
For the past forty years Broom have concentrated on developing and continually improving the concept of the aft cabin motor cruiser and are now acknowledged leaders in this design. Aimed at the serious cruising yachtsman Broom are excellent sea going boats but have the added advantage they can explore the major inland waterways of Europe. This is achieved by the low air draft which actually adds to the stability and seagoing capacity so nothing is sacrificed. The present range shown within this brochure have all the main Broom design features of a spacious owners aft cabin with separate accommodation for guests and families forward. The Broom company is skills and tradition lead. Still family owned and managed, this distinguishing strength also applies to the expertly trained work force where generations of families have been part of the Broom success. However, over the years one thing never changes. That's the continual commitment to quality and service.
The longest established builders of motor cruisers in the UK