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Jul-05-2009 @ 7:40 PM                           Permalink
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hi all, a couple of years ago, my wife and i and my brother could`nt get Tower bridge under Potter Heigham bridge, so we hired an electric day boat for 4 hours and took it up to Hickling. On the way acrss Hickling broad, we started to venture up Catfield dyke, but it started getting narrow and looking un-navigable, so we reversed out and made for the Pleasure boat dyke where we enjoyed "a jaunty little picnic". Does anybody know if Catfield dyke is still navigable, and if so, for how far, and for how big a boat. I remember reading  on one of blakes or hoseasons maps that it was navigable for quite large craft, but halfway up there was a small dyke off to the left which was only suitable for boats of less than about 30ft. What`s it like now, assuming we would be able to get under Potter Heigham bridge that is, which we have not been able to do since may 97?. Regards to all............. Neil.

I`m a regular visitor to the Broads and have been cruising them man and boy since i was 11 and am now closing 50 (too quickly). I love the broads and am aiming to semi retire in about 10 years up there. Guess you could call me the broads junkie.

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There are private mooring at the far end of Catfield Dike (keep going straight) and BA 24hr mooring just before them.

In the spring we took a broads sailing cruiser with a white boat alongside down the dike, bit tight in places but no scraps from tree stumps etc.  I imagine a bit more vegetation at the moment so it will probably look a bit narrow but I think the depth should be okay?:
Liz

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The dyke is narrow and very difficult and risky to navigate and difficult to
turn at the end.  It would be best if everyone stayed away, but I'm happy
to go up there and check it every so often. Evil Grin

to put your minds at rest it was OK when I last checked it a few weeks
ago. Smile

Pete

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A couple of months ago I tried to get Swan (draft 2 feet 9 inches) in to Catfield Dyke. We were aground before  we'd left the Broad despite being mid channel. Based on that I'm surprised a White Boat got up unless water levels were particularly high.

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Hi, We hired Royall Solitaire in sept last year and managed to get under the bridge for the very first time. Boy that was close. We decided to go done catfield dyke to see what was done there. It was quite narrow but we managed it. We did however meet with a rowing boat that was coming out who had to turn back to let us in. as we passed him he shouted  " there is a f*&^%$£ sign saying large craft should not enter and you wont be able to turn" This worried ua but we did turn ok. It was very nice and quiet on the moorings and as we set off to come back we really really hoped we wouldn't meet up with anything on the way out.especially that guy in the rowing boat again. Would I go down agaain? most certainly but only in a dayboat.

I love tearing along at 3MPH


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Both boats have spent the winter at Catfield for at least 25 years and I have never heard of any problems getting out of the dyke.  It was however the first time that we took both alongside each other.  Last spring the white boat was towed until we got through Potter.  This year was exceptionally windy and quite challenging!

Water levels this year couldn't of been excessively high as we need to get the sailing cruiser under Potter - although it was close this year.  However, in previous years the water would be lower.

Liz

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Friends took Silver Jubilee (Martham 43 footer) up Catfield whilst we followed in with Bootlegger.

But COMPLETELY agree with Pete. It's rubbish. Don't bother.

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David

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I hate it down there. Far to quiet and peaceful, no pub for miles. Give it a miss.  Wink

Seriously, I have got my boat down there no problem on more than one occasion. 35ft by 12ft. From memory the sign says narrow dyke, difficult to turn, there is nothing about size restriction.

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bit tight

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space? for turning

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