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Sep-29-2009 @ 6:28 PM                           Permalink
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Why is there no mooring for mast raising and lowering for private yachts on the downstream side of Wroxham bridge? Potter Heigham, Ludham, Wayford, Acle (up stream at least),  Yarmouth, Somerleyton etc all have some useable nearby provision.

On a recent visit I found what I had previously supposed was a public/parish mooring immediately adjacent to the bridge was now reserved exclusively for the bridge pilots for some, but not all, hire yards. The notice on the site also stated in small lettering, that would be almost impossible to read from a yacht approaching the bridge with its mast up, that the mooring could also be used for Hire Yachts - if space was available.

Happily I was able to tie up briefly at one of the hire yards to lower my mast but on returning downstream several days later I had to travel downstream for several miles to the mooring on the outside of Wroxham Broad before I could raise the mast.

How did the bridge pilots get their exclusive use of the site and does it extend to the small dyke at right angles to the river between the pilots' site and the Hotel Wroxham -as this could, albeit with some added difficulty, be used for mast raising/lowering.

How do other people deal with Wroxham?

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Sep-29-2009 @ 6:58 PM                           Permalink
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quote:"......
How do other people deal with Wroxham?
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In the past I have used the mooring you mentioned (and had no trouble). However the sign wasn't there then. These days I tend to raise and lower under way. This is easy on Swan, which has an engine and a mast winch, so it can be managed by a crew of two. On a Hunter boat without at least three competent people (one to raise/lower, one to steer and one to quant) I would feel the need to moor up. In such circumstances, if there are no reserved moorings then I'm happy to ignore signs, moor alongside others etc. if necessary.  Even wheretehre are reserved moorings, (e.g Potter Heigham) I will not use them if there's a strong wind and they're on the lee shore unless I'm in a boat with an engine.

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Head up to wind, drop the mud weight, raise or lower the mast. Providing you are not causing an unecessary obstruction to navigation it is perfectly reasonable to raise/lower mast or sails where ever you wish.

Raising or lowering mast under way, watch out for wash from boats when mast is neither up nor down. Swaying of mast can twist a tabernacle apart.

I made a fisherman smile.....once!!

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Sep-30-2009 @ 9:22 AM                           Permalink
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Churchy,

Take your point but I am not sure that I can think of anywhere near the downstream side of the bridge were I would like to try lowering on a mud weight on a Saturday morning. Using the Dolphins on Breydon Water is hassle enough for me.

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Robin,

My boat is a Pegasus 700 with masthead rig so mast lowering is probably more of a performance than for a Hunter which is designed for the job.

Out of interest I will check on the ownership of the quay with the land registry to see whether it is/was public.

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I was moored at Potter on Saturday at the place reserved for yachts whilst raising my mast( The one on the H Woods side of the bridge).  Half the mooring was taken up with two fishermen who refused to move for another yacht coming in.  In the end, after an exchange of words, the yacht had to go back to the mooring opposite Maycraft to lower their mast.   On the sign at the mooring where it says - Reserved for Yachts etc, it does not say that anglers must make way for yachts wishing to moor.  That was the arguement used by the anglers.

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I have copied this last point to the BA.

Phil

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Thanks Phil,

I was going to write to them, but haven't got round to it!!

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Simon

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