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You do not say which boat you will be on?

I know I would try and get under the bridge on the Wednesday to ensure the trip is do able!
Like others have said you could be stuck the wrong side of the bridge if high water and / or low pressure!
Better to be sure of getting through that bridge first.


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Ive done Horning and Wroxham to Oulton Broad in one stint many times, if the weather is nice its brilliant! If its lashing down its a bit of a drag!. You may also wish to consider booking a mooring at Oulton Broad YS?

Steve

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Beefsteak hi,

Don’t want top put a downer on your trip but as posted by  DorsetHelmsman “The big question is will you get up to Hickling in the first place?”

Potter Heigham bridge is semicircular with very limited clearance and although many boats are described as being able to  go through Potter Heigham bridge using the pilot service that is not always the case and all of the time but depends on the tides and river levels at the time.

I see you are hiring Major Gem from Richardons as Stalham.  I don’t know the air draft/boat height of this boat. May be other forum members have hired her and may be able to help.  You could call the boatyard for further advice.  

I believe The Pleasure boat Inn is less than 4 miles from Potter Heigham so worse case scenario is using a cab.  This would also put you in good stead for your trip through Yarmouth to Oulton Broad.

Hopefully you will be ok but thought you should be aware.


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Major Gem is an Aquafibre 38 and, looking at the details of a similar craft which is up for sale, the air draught is given as 2.08m which is about 6'10". Yes, it will go through PH bridge on a good day, but I agree with boat-mad. Moor downstream of the bridge, get a taxi to the pub and back, and have no stress about getting through the bridge in either direction.

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Hi Beefsteak.
I have an Aquafibre 38 and yes the airdraught is given as 6`10", more relevant is the width with the shape of the arch.
I havn`t been above Potter for years although it does go and has been through in the past, on the very odd occasion it might have been possible in recent years the chances are I wouldn`t have got back so I would think seriously about that part of the plan, we have moored at Potter and taken a dayboat up if you really want to do that stretch.

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I checked with the pilot at Potter Higham and he thinks it should be okay, as you all say, it all depends on the weather on the day.
Richardsons tell me the air draft is 7 foot, the PH pilot says 6 foot 9!

The reason we hired this particular boat was because they advertise it as passing through Potter Higham

I think we intend mud weighting on the first night a Oulton  then going to the yacht station on Friday morning.

The Puddle Pirate

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hi all ,
agree with the more recent posts , i have posted in the past and say this again here , if you intend to try get the other side of the bridge , do please either ring the bridge pilot a day before or on the morning you hope to get through ! as been pointed out variuos things can hamper this , strong winds, recent rainfull , high tides etc ,
personally i'd moor at either the bank moorings or herbert woods boatyard ,and either hire a day launch from either herbert woods or phoenix fleet ,maycraft
http://www.herbertwoods.co.uk/dayboat.php
http://www.maycraft.co.uk/
http://phoenixfleet.com/
  , or a taxi which a local forum member runs a service (cygnet ) details are here
http://the-norfolk-broads.co.uk/viewmessages.cfm?Forum=29&Topic=30291
good luck ,

steve and vicky

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Remembering an earlier post from Ian, the whole point of him attending Hickling is a surprise (blvd evening )meal thats booked at the Pleasureboat (well the people attending are a surprise) so a day boat isn't likely to be a good answer. I had already pm'd him with the taxi suggestion, but as he said he has spoken to the pilot and all being well (of course Murphy's law comes into play) he should be able to get through, although 9.00 am might be tight cos by my reckoning low water must be about 12 ish at the bridge.

Hugh

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I'm not normally the voice of doom but on this occasion, regretably, such is my role. Is it doable? No.

Low water Yarmouth YS you say is given at 09:16, the tide runs, on average for a few minutes short of 7 hours which makes high water at Yarmouth something like 02:10 which equtes to 05:10 at Potter.

Now I know the tide drops much quicker just after the tide turns (IIRC 50% of the drop happens within the forst 60-90 minutes after the tide turns)but at 6'9 bridge clearance you will need absolute low water, if you do get under at all, which will not be until 12:16.



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Thanks for all the replies and help folk.
I think from the consensus of your opinions that I may just leave it at Potter Heigham and get a taxi up to the pub. (It shouldn't be a problem getting back as the relatives are staying in Yarmouth and I'm sure they can squeeze us in for the return journey...LOL)
At least it gives me a head start on the cruise down to and through Breydon
Ian

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Very good Taxi to use is Ruppert from 'All Aboard Taxis' 07754 327 388 and I believe is based in potter Heigham.

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