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Just got back from crossing breydon twice this week.
Im amazed the height gauges have been left to rot. I don't think I saw one gauge with numbers heigher than 8ft. There was 4 of us in approx 10ft boats praying as we went under the bridges the tide had dropped enough. I know you have the tide tide time table but if you get it just 1 inch wrong you are in serious danger.
Why don't they get replaced ? And renew the yellow post sign with a clear and larger one while they are at it. I decided not to follow the hire boat that cut inside the yellow post this week.
I see they are proud to boast about flood defences with the new signs !
If you think about about it anything lower (clearance) than the average low water will spend a considerable amount of time underwater and so will be virtually unreadable after a few short months.You will see that the 8ft marker seems to be the level at which submersion in water renders it unreadable. We have 8ft 6 airdraft (top up)and so we too played the roulette game of the marker boards during the passage. One thing to do is look up the tidal drop and subtract from the average high water figure then make sure you use the slack water time and you will be safe...that's what we did.
and if you use binoculars you can see the bits of wood used to mark feet and every 3" well, thats how i worked it out at about 5 in the morning a few weeks ago, mind you i only needed 8'6" so wasn't too concerned i could still work out that there was 11'6" clearance! ian
I agree with what you say. But the gauges look like they have been there for years. They could be replaced with plastic and then given a quick clean every so often. It just seems like it a vital bit of information that could save severe damage to boats and even deaths if the worst was to happen. We all know how fast the water can flow and if someone miss calculated by a few inches ..... surely the boat is then trapped aganst the bridge ? Has this every happened ? There must be a few hire boats close to 10 feet that are driven by inexperienced hirers ? I always ring the yacht station the day before to make sure I get it right. My insurance doesn't cover roof damage.
This thread is under Broads Authority Issues. People should be aware (and probably are not) that the navigation between approximately Marina Keys and Goodchilds is the responsibility of Great Yarmouth Port - not the BA. Legislation is in place to allow the BA to take over the whole navigation upstream of Haven Bridge but the handover has not been agreed. I am concerned that the costs to the toll payers of bringing up the GY section to BA standards will be considerable and it is unlikely that GY will do any work prior to the handover - or provide a dowry.
People's perceptions are based on the fact that the BA mans the GY Yacht Station and also provides patrols on Breydon. The reason they do so is because, if they didn't, no-one else would. There is a cost sharing agreement with the port and a lease arrangement with the Borough (who own the YS).