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snowy99
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Info says its 8  foot clearance, we will be going across breydon water at slack water in Olympic light which needs 8 foot clearance so if we are going to Beccles looks like we will have to go long way round and go down the new cut. Has anyone any idea how long this will add to the journey

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Last year my boat had a clearance of 8ft 6” however if you time it so you head across Breydon water at slack tide you will have enough time to get under the bridge at St Olaves as there is a Rise and fall of - 2ft 9 inches at this location, I made it under the bridge no problem.

Obviously will let the more experienced boaters on this forum have there say too to see if they agree.


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Snowey, The 8 foot clearance is shown on the BA chart as HIGH WATER  not low.

Just check it carfully before attempting it.



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If you cross Breydon on Low slack water as is normal, then you will have the tide behind you, making it more difficult to stop, or turn around before the bridge.
But if you follow the advice in the previous posts, then you should have enough clearance.
Look for the height clearance gauge before the bridge.

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I have cleared St Olaves with a good 1.5ft to spare at low water ,and I need 8ft 6ins with all down.
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Snowy hi,

I think you need to allow an extra 1/2 hour to your journey going via The Yare and through the new cut. Smile

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Leo needs 8' and it's only at HW that st.olaves bridge is anywhere near a problem, an hour or so either side and it's fine, the mooring by the pump is handy if you have problems and a walk along the floodbank and through the wood tasks you to the decoy tavern at fritton for decent beer and food at a very good price.(1 mile)

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It's funny, but St Olaves bridge is the only one I have ever had hassle with.

We approached it going up-stream on a flood (a rising tide), and the bridge gauge said 7ft 3inches. Plenty of room for my 6ft 10inch air draft. I then realised that our jack staff which is my (on board)bridge height  gauge was going to hit the bridge, which it duly did. Full reverse throttle was not too much help as we slewed around, I managed to back out to the side of the bridge. This compounded the problem as it is arched.

We finally managed to extricate ourselves from the bridge with only the jack staff damaged. I keep thinking the height gauge was at fault, but it was more likely my skippering. I know the Jack staff was a good guide, as it took me under Wayford bridge without any bother (at 7foot on the BA height gauge. But there is not tide with which to contend.

Lessons to learn.

- Take it easy when going with the rising tide.
- Make sure you really do know the height of your boat.
- Try not to be clever, and squeeze the last couple of inches out of the height gauge.

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If going with the tide and close on headroom turn around and reverse through the bridge, if the flow is enough do it in forward gear just running slower that the flow, that way you can stop and change direction almost in an instant and go through much slower.
Got me through some tight gaps without damage a few times, just make sure you turn in plenty of time before the bridge so you don't get pushed through sideways as is seen at reedham so many times (always funny to watch though...).

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Great advice from LM, might look odd to a few on lookers, but  better than a crushed roof.

best regards, Richard.

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