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Dear All

Apologies if this has come up before but I understand from the Broads Authority that there is no planned Wroxham Bridge Pilot service planned for 2008.

Unless you know different that is?

I was going to use them later this year too.

Cheers

Terry

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I guess there will be an awful lot of shouts of 'DUCK' in the next season.   Why will there be no service?

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I am surprised the BA even know!!!

It was not a service provided by them but by the guy who does the day boats on the topside of the Bridge - he is still there but ex pilot may know better? I can always stick my head in the shed!!!!

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hi all ,
got to say the same as marshman , i too thought the Wroxham Bridge pilot service was runned by the day boat place just behing the photo developing place , and not by the BA ,
cheers

steve and vicky

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I was looking on the Forum for information about the Wroxham Bridge pilot service which in turn lead me to Wroxham Launch Hire (RusselMarine).  I e-mailed Russellmarine and got the following response:

'Unfortunately, since November 2007 we have not been operating as pilots and there are no plans to re-instate the service in the future. As far as I am aware, there is no alternative service available although I would suggest you contact the Broads Authority on 01603 610734 to confirm this'.


E-mailed the BA and got the following response from River Control: 'We confirm this is the situation for the season 2008 as far as we are aware'.

I thought the Wroxham pilot service was a great idea, always a bit tight there to line it up right, a bit low, difficult to see what was lining up the otherside to come through.  Maybe I'll stay Horning side this year.

Cheers

Terry

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Mar-27-2008 @ 7:31 PM                           Permalink
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There'll be a few screens and roof handrails go missing this year then! Scared

Steve.

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looks like it will free up two moorings next to the Bridge that are normaly reserved for Pilots.

Wroxham Bridge isnt a easy one to navigate either Frown

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thought you were taking it on brian! Playful

regards mike
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Ouch, I don't like the sound of this. I've used the Wroxham pilot service several times & it gives real peace of mind, even when conditions are good. When we hired with Silverline they insisted on it, come to think of it I think last year Richardsons did as well. Perhaps there's a business opportunity for somebody to take it on, although I assume that Wroxham Launch Hire think it hasn't made them any money.

Worth pointing out that the Wroxham yards tend to pilot their own boats through & Faircraft Loynes will take Woods boats throughas well.

Simon

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alphacraft state in the skippers handbook that the pilot should be used, but young langford told me not to bother, took the jaguar/clair de lune through with no probs. in 2003  42 ft "bathtub"
dont know what will happen, maybe yards will state"will not pass under wroxham bridge" and then the B.A. 24 hr mooring will be empty instead of overflowing.



regards mike
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STINKIES UNITED.

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