For centuries men and women have rowed or motored passengers across the estuaries of the rovers Stour, Orwell, Deben, Alde and Ore and Blyth.
Today four ferries still run during the holidays and summer months, carrying thousands of passengers from one side of the river to the other.
The Butley Ferry is run by volunteers of the Alde and Ore Association and say they're concerned about a dropping number of passengers.
"This year we have been down on numbers. Bicycle numbers have maintained but walkers are down considerably, perhaps 60 per cent down and we've had quite a few blank days
The Walberswick to Southwold ferry is rowed by Dani Church, the fifth generation of her family to run the boat. She says nostalgia plays a part in her passenger numbers.
"It's really important from a traditional point of view. People come year after year because they just love the experience. There is a footbridge and a road so you don't have to use us to get across. It's more the experience to do something they've done every year of their life or a new experience, something they've never done before