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Hi,If you are leaving from Hiickling  you will have to take into account the Potter Bridge tide time and if you need a pilot as they open at  about nine at the earliest to take you through if the tides right.we like to do Oulton leaving very early in the morning,nothing nicer if it is good weather  for the racing.

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Hope to see you on the river,

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Perfectly doable, if the tides are right, great trip. If you can pass through Yarmouth without stopping then that is bonus, not the world's best moorings. Worth getting it right, very satisfying.

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Yes, it's easily do-able.  go for it and enjoy but has been said try to avoid stopping at Gya.

I've done Geldeston locks to Stalham with 'B.A' in one hop during the summer months easily

(We also managed West India docks in London to Lowestoft in one hop too, took 16 x Hrs but that's another story!)


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However if you are sailing you will need a good strong quant team.

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The big question is will you get up to Hickling in the first place?

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We'd better.....LOL

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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?

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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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