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Mar-06-2013 @ 2:56 PM                           Permalink
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Hi All,

Does anybody know how accurate the bridge height gauges are at Ludham at present? I am sure I have read that they were between 5 and 7 inches out? I am hiring Supreme Light in May which according to the dash has an 8ft 6 air draft, (slightly generous perhaps as Moon Enterprise which is virtually identical quotes 7ft 9) either way I was looking to go under once or twice during my stay. I didn't want to be prevented from cruising under and then find that I would have had 6-12 inches clearance!

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Neil

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On balance if I were a hirer I would assume they are correct - red faces all round if your excuse for wrecking a boat is " Sorry Guv - I heard the gauges were miles out!! "
To ensure you do get under Ludham Bridge and most do, perhaps you should consider hiring a boat where there is less doubt for so doing. Not trying to be unhelpful, but when in doubt, my advice would be   -  don't!!

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Marshmans advice is of course sound. Having been through the bridge this afternoon however, there is a discrepancy of at least three inches, upstream showing the greater headroom.

Ken


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Ludham Bridge is tilted length ways and cross ways.

The upstream side is 100mm higher than the downstream side, and the west end is 60mm higher than the East end.

Coupled with that, the upstream gauge reads 25mm higher than the downstream side.

There's a forum "sticky" post showing the dimensions at

http://www.the-norfolk-broads.co.uk/viewmessages.cfm?Forum=22&Topic=26960&srow=0&erow=4


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We are 8'6" air draft and often go through Ludham Bridge with only 8'2" on the gauge at the boatyard side .
However I would take care just in case there have been any changes to the gauges since last year !
Be prepared to back up if it looks at all dodgy

Alex & Lorna

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Thank you you for all your kind replies and links

I will have to trust the gauges, after all they could come along the day before I arrive and change them. I don't plan on taking any risks particularly with somebody elses 175k boat. I appreciate all the pros and cons of hiring a tall boat however I have never hired a dual steer on the Broads before and thought I would try out the view. I have been on 35 or so boating holidays (mostly bath tubs allowing the occasional trip under Potter)and only 2 were dual steers and they were on the Thames (Tamaris) which has no low bridges between Oxford and Teddington (which I thoroughly recommend to anybody who hasn't tried).

Counting down the days.

Neil

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We hired brinks melody a couple of years ago,which is a similar size and had no dramas under ludham bridge after lowering sccreens of course

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When in April last year I hired San Julian - i used the tide table link at the bottom of the forum pages, to find the low water time for Ludham and plan transit then.

I then found out that was not needed as was bags of room anyway - the boat you are hiring is not as high as San Julian so your surely be fine.

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Know the tide tables, and the difference in time for low water at Ludham, then aim to arrive at that time.

Go slow as you approach, someone at the back can see what clearance you have, be prepared to reverse fast to slow the boat down.
If there is only a couple of inches clearance, then you will need some expert advice on the estimated water levels for your return.
These are dependant, but not limited to... spring or neap tides, air pressure, wind direction, rain etc.

The Bridge pilot at Potter Heigham will know the trends for the following days, and be able to advise.

Enjoy your trip.

best regards, Richard.
I can't wait to be back on our boat on
the Broads.


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