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Jonboat
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Just to make sure, is that mobile number for Wroxham or Potter Heigham, or both?

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The two pilot services operate completely independently of one another.  The mobile number is for wroxham only.

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As I thought. Do the Potter pilots work until the end of October as well? Number still 01692 670460? Thanks for the info,may see you out and about next week Ex-P.

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Hi all,

Just spoken to NBD and they only provide their pilot service to hire yards that have made arrangements in advance and not I'm afraid to private boat owners.

The reason I believe is that (like Buffalo Bill) once you have used them once and worked out what clearances you need you will not use them again.

Darren

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Not sure if BuffaloBill is on private or hire boat. But its compulsory for hirers isn't it? Or is that just Potter?

Sorry, not up to date with this now, but worth clarifying for those looking in.

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hi karen,
buffalo bill is now a privateer , and all hirers are to use the bridge pilot at wroxham like potter ,
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steve and vicky

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Not all Hireyards HAVE to use the pilot at Wroxham. Some of those based in Wroxham will pilot their own boats and some will allow you to pilot your own boat through.

There is a sign at the pilot moorings which states what companies use the pilot. I have seen a picture of this in another thread if somebody cares to look.

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So what happens if boat has a scrape while the pilot is in charge of the boat? I assume such things never happen?

Only hirers would hit a bridge by mistake ....


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Of course they do, Colin, but I don't think the insurance company has ever had to settle a claim.  The hire company's take a very pragmatic attitude:  if the pilot has managed to scrape a handrail, just think what the hirer might have done in similar circumstances.  Private boats can be a very different ball game.  Unless the boat is both ex-hire and unchanged in any way since it was in the hire fleet, all private boats making a first passage represent a very real challenge to pilots.

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I was most impressed with the pilots at Wroxham. I've never been able to get through Potter, so haven't made their acquaintance. They make it look so easy, leaving us with the idea that it is simple. Watching the webcam shows just how far back you need to be to get a straight run at the bridge. I felt a bit guilty being one of about a dozen boats coming through from Coltishall one morning. There was nothing going the other way. The poor chap was having to run back over the bridge each time!


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