Topic: Will it fit!!!!!

woodwose    -- Jan-2-2005 @ 12:15 AM
  Do you know how high the boat is? Most boats go under Ludham Bridge. I saw one go through the other day with the windscreen up. Lots of clearance.
Next time I am at the bridge I will have a look at the height board.


Taz    -- Jan-2-2005 @ 8:45 AM
  Will not pass under Potter Heigham or Wroxham bridges
according to Norfolk Broads Direct.

clive    -- Jan-2-2005 @ 11:11 AM
  Hi ,

The air draft at Ludham bridge normally is between 8ft 6 and 9 feet.  A useful quick guide is that the footpath under the bridge is exactly 8 feet from the roof (I actually measured it many years ago when I owned Windsong and we changed the canopy to give a height of 8`6) just guestimate the water level below the path. I dont trust the height boards as they are always getting clobbered by boats aborting at the last minute!


clive    -- Jan-2-2005 @ 12:36 PM
  Leading on from the bridge height thing, over the holiday I was in conversation (Broadside induced!) over whether it would be possible,or indeed practical,to employ one of the new D.I.Y.laser levels onboard to determine clearance. Placed on the highest point, if you saw a red spot on the bridge-   no-go.
What do you reckon?


Geoff    -- Jan-2-2005 @ 1:58 PM
  Sounds like a good idea in theory, but it would probably not work to well in bright sunlight, also I think you could face possible legal and safety problems.

I found this piece of advice on the net:

"Laserpointers are Legal for General use providing they conform to Class II <1mW . However Irresponsible use of a LEGAL laserpointer is Illegal , its like a knife , perfectly legal unless used Irresponsibly. People in the UK and throughout the World have been heavily Fined for Irresponsible use of these products. Laserpointers are legitimate Business and research tools ... not Toys. Please always respect that these are powerful units capable of causing distress and distraction. Never point towards people working , or driving this may distract them and cause accidents , extra caution required around people with spectacles or potential magnifying products that could intensify beam , also be aware of reflective materials like Glass or Mirrors that could reflect beam in places you did not or would not expect."

Just think, what if all boats had them?

That Broadside's got a lot to answer to! Playful Wink

DanHorner    -- Jan-2-2005 @ 4:36 PM
  Here's another picture of a Birchwood 340 we hired in 2004 and had a great holiday onboard.  

The mould is a bit top heavy, fingers crossed it goes through Ludham Bridge for you, for future reference I can confirm an Aquafibre Pearl 35 mould (like San Francisco from Stalham) will fit through St. Olaves bridge sideways!  Hope this helps

All the best


DanHorner    -- Jan-2-2005 @ 4:38 PM
  Whoops, here's the pic I forgot to include!

DanHorner    -- Jan-2-2005 @ 4:41 PM
  PPS (!) - Saw Fair Diplomat under early stages of construction at Herbert Woods site in October, didn't realise at the time it was going to be a hireboat, so apolagies for no picture taken, and fingers crossed they have cut out and installed the windows for you now!

Richard    -- Jan-2-2005 @ 6:51 PM
  I just had this mental image of all these boats milling around potter, with lasers firing away like something out of star wars.

One of the nice things about a yacht is that when the mast is down it's usually horizontal so you can use it as a sight to check the height.

This message was edited by Richard on Jun-4-05 @ 6:24 PM

Broads01    -- Jan-2-2005 @ 8:59 PM
  If the air draft of 9ft 8 you found is correct then alas you're stuffed for Ludham & probably St Olaves. It's well worth ringing the boatyard & trying to speak to someone who can tell you for sure what the air draft is - could they have modified the standard boat to be more Broads bridge friendly?


Craig    -- Jan-2-2005 @ 9:53 PM
  You could also try Ranworth Marine - they run two of the Birchwood 340 class as 'time shares'

roya    -- Jan-6-2005 @ 10:17 PM
  Hi you two

We navigated Ludham Bridge at Christmas.  Moonhaze has an air draught of 7 foot and both Gill and I had to duck as we went under.  I think 9 foot would be pushing it.  

Hope this helps.

All the best.

Mr & Mrs Roya


DanHorner    -- Jan-7-2005 @ 9:57 AM
  It looks like everyone's confirmed that fair Diplomat won't be fitting under Ludham Bridge, coincidentally, whilst watching my holiday video from France last year on this same mould I think I can confirm there's no way this boat will get under Ludham, unless the top section has been modified, which didn't jump out at me as obvious when I saw her in October.

One thing'a for sure though, this is a lovely mould of boat, so....enjoy your holiday.......I'm envious!!

Denise    -- Jan-26-2005 @ 9:29 PM
  Denise's First Law of Hireboating......

......if you aim, on a particular holiday, to go under a particular won't be able to.

We haven't made it under Potter Heigham for years even in boats that should go through easily. Something to do with spring tides always coinciding with our holidays......

Bounty    -- Jun-4-2005 @ 6:17 PM
  Saw two of them go under one after another about a month ago. From where we were (approaching the bridge from upstream) it looked to me like they were going to hit the bridge. It was very tight indeed. Strangely, the boards showed less than nine foot (around 8'9" ish). Our boat is supposed to have a 6'6" air draft but will go under Potter bridge at 6'2". Clearly there is some room for error, but it would break my heart to see someone take the top off an almost new boat. Even if it belonged to someone else.

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