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BodTheCap
Sep-29-2010 @ 1:10 PM                           Permalink
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Hi, I'm wondering if any experienced Broads users could please help me.

I'm roughly planning a route for our Broads holiday (it will probably all go out the window when we get there) but the slack water times at Great Yarmouth are either very early or very late in the day.  I understand that ideally, I need to pass through Great Yarmouth at Slack water to take full advantage of the tides pushing me down and up river and, more importantly, get under the Yarmouth bridges safely.

What I would like to know is how far either side of slack water is 100% safe to pass through Yarmouth???  I will be on Royall Oak.

(I understand these times can be effected by the elements and will double check these a lot nearer the time.)

Thanks for any advice given.

BOD  

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It would depend on if you're coming down the Bure or across Breydon Water.

The ebb is very strong on the Bure because of the narrow channel and you can feel a little out of control when heading down through Yarmouth if you arrive to early.

I think Royal Oak has an airdraft of under 7ft so you should be ok with regard to headroom.

Then best time is slack water, but if you're coming down the Bure I'd say you'd be ok up to an hour before (maybe more) slack water and two hours after, depending on the state of the tides at the time.

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Hi BOD and welcome.

A planned date would help with the advice.  We can then consider issues such as daylight hours and starting and stopping places.  In general a through Yarmouth run is about 5 hours in total.  Two hours from Acle Stokesby (ish) down to Yarmouth, thirty minutes to cross Breydon and then a run to Somerleyton or Reedham.  There are other stopping places such as Berney Arms or Burgh Castle but they are not to everyones taste (including mine).



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royall oak looks to have quite a small air draft so a couple of hours either side of low tide should be ok.Slack water is obviosly the best time to go through but is not always practical.Unless you get a freak high tide you should be ok

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Thanks very much for the replies and info.  Our trip is not until next summer so I'll leave it until a little closer the time.

Thanx again

BOD

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Ah, but bodthecap, isn't it fun though to be looking at tide tables and all that, even so long before your trip?  Adds to the anticipation.

We were advised by a chap at Ferry Marina to go through from the Bure half an hour  to an hour after slack water to get the most benefit from the change in the tide giving you a push, and my goodness it works and reduces fuel consumption.

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"so a couple of hours either side of low tide should be ok"


The main reason for it being safer going through Yarmouth at slack is to avoid strong tide flow, rather than maximum bridge clearance.

I would say that an hour either side of slack would be a better limit.  Two hours either side is when the tide is running at it's maximum, around 4 to 5 mph.

"Punching" it gives good control, as long as your engine doesn't falter, but when traveling with it, at almost the same speed, a boat has very little steerage way, and is pretty much out of control.

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Someone asked this a little earlier in the year and
I said then that 'in my opinion' it is better for
someone who hasn't done it before, going down
the Bure to Yarmouth, it's better to arrive there
about one and a half hours after slack water as the
incoming tide gives you better steerage past the
Yacht Station if someone is manouvering, as is often
the case. Then after going round the yellow post
this gives you the full benefit of the tide to take
you across Breydon, and quicker too.
Coming the other way, if you arrive too early at the
entrance to the Bure, there can be several whirl
pools close to the yellow post and these can give you
some "interesting" steerage effects.
(If your air draft will allow)
Once you have done it, you'll wonder what all the fuss was about Wink


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Know what BuffaloBill?  Leaving aside the colourblindness issue, that's exactly what Keith said after our first crossing, seemed quite uneventful to us - though the doglet was put below just in case.  Mind you it was a lovely clear day.

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