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Hi All,
Just booked Silver Symphony for a mid-April break, started planning a Southern Rivers tour and find Beccles Old Bridge seems to have the lowest air-draft of the whole system . . . 6' 6" no less on average water . . . . less than Potter Heigham !!!

OK, I know the Beccles span is relatively even, compared to the sharp arch of PH, but can I get through Beccles with 'Silver Symphony' without too much concern ? (We need to get to Geldeston Dyke).

My wife is heavily pregnant see and any drama could bring about an urgent need for 'towels and hot water' . . . OK you Veterans of the Broads may be laughing now but this is a serious request for advice. In short: . . .

Can we make it through Beccles Old Bridge on Silver Symphony ?  Do we need to go through at 'low tide at Beccles' or am I worrying too much ?

Your replies are very much appreciated ! - Thank you,

(another) Dave. Scared  Smile

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Dave

You should be OK as the rise and fall is two feet plus (usually) Therefore you should get through as long as you avoid high water times.

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Low Water in Beccles is usually 4 hours after Yarmouth which might be worth knowing for planning your passage.

"If you can keep your head when all around are losing theirs, you're probably not fully aware of the situation"

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Your best bet is to ask Silverline and they will give you the best advice at the time.

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Thanks Howard & Jimbo,

So i'll need to take tides into account, thanks, that's what I needed to know.

PS: Just in case I cock-up, where's the nearest Hospital?

I've just printed off the Beccles low tide tables and getting to Gedleston on Tuesday 15th April won't be a problem (16.36) but getting back to Oulton next day could be . . . Any advice ? ? ? remember, we have to be back at Brundall on Thursday evening.

. . . . Dave Smile

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thats right, check with silverline, although Symphony looks to have a fairly low airdraft, I'd be suprised if it needed much more than 6ft 8ins at Beccles. But as Richard says, do check with the boatyard! Good luck!

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Hi again

It won't be high tide in the morning till about 10 or 11 so as long as you set off early you should be OK. Your boat should clear Beccles at most stages of the tide. Always have a contingency plan just in case the rivers are very high for any reason. you should be OK though.

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My boat needs 8 feet and I have pictures of her the other side of the bridge, not that I have taken her through myself yet!!!! So you should have no probs I would have thought. As Richard says though best to check with the boatyard.

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Yet again,

thanks Richard & Howard. Your advice taken.

. . . And if you are at Gedleston on Tuesday 15th April, a well-deserved pint awaits . . . my round.

Seriously,
Dave

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Hi Dave,  You will be o.k with silver symphony,its the same type off boat as the royall velvet 3. 28ft 6in by 11ft.   and i have been under beccles old bridge a few times on her.     i hope this helps,   Cheers Geoff.

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