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Many hirers believe they're heading either for Yarmouth or back to their base boatyard at Stalham when they meet the unexpected obstacle that is Potter bridge.

Some "gentlemen" were recently heading for Ipswich!  I kid you not.  Others have asked if it was the way to Ely!

Overheard a heated discussion between hirer and pilot this morning.  Hirer refused to accept that his boat would not pass the bridge - despite being seven inches too tall.

The fact that the service is no longer free does not appear to have generated more DIY jobs.  It wasn't unusual in the old days to stop at least a couple a day.

Must make time to write that book one day. Smile

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Not sure if I should own up to this but a couple of years ago I had a lesson in not being complacent.

Stopped at Potter to take on water before going through the bridge. The height at the bridge was high so that plan was changed and I would spin round and go back to womack, something I had done many times before.
Having cast off the tide was stronger than I realized but still no worry, then as the boat is broadside across the river, the wind (same direction as the tide) caught me, oops!
by the time the boat had turned fully and I could start to make headway, the back end was inches away from clipping the bridge.
Having done this so many times before I allowed myself to become over confident and nearly paid the price.

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how can such a sleepy paradise create such passion.

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You're in good company Martin.  On one occasion we had so many boats across the bridge you could walk across the river without getting your feet wet, or walk from the bridge to Herbert Woods footbridge in a similar fashion.

One kind bystander dialled 999 on one occasion.  Every single branch of the emergency services turned up - ten minutes AFTER we had hauled yjr cruiser to safety. The downdraught from the coastguard helicopter had to be experienced to be believed.

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Don't suppose you have a photo of that event Dave or any other out of the ordinary happenings at Potter?

Regards Adi, Michelle and Beck.

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Sorry Adi

This was before forums and digital cameras in the days of expensive 35mm film and procesing .  I was at work and work in those days meant being very busy - three hundred boat passages a day were not uncommon.  Not much time for chit chat with the customers or photography.  The many memories are, however, etched in my memory.

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Well it about time those etched memories were put into a book for all to enjoy, a request for the more 'Interesting' photo's via todays forums would assist you.

Come on Ex-pilot you know you have got it in you and most unfair to keep it all to yourself.


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We could have made a whole film of incidents at Potter on Friday.  It started not long after we arrived as moored boats tried to get off the bank in the teeth of a pretty strong wind.  One particular hireboat (I won't name it as the crew were obviously extremely embarrassed by their performance) got into all sorts of difficulties. However, they managed to turn round eventually, with no lasting damage and remained good-humoured throughout.

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hi all,
couple of pictures i've found / pinched from here ,over the years with boats at potter heigham bridge

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no 2

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no 3 , exploit may remember this 1 from easter 2006 ,when he helped the crew out ,

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