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We have never managed to get through Potter bridge, this
time we have Summercraft's Gala Girl. We are hoping that
on our next holiday(120 days away), we will be fortunate.
I don't know the exact airdraft for this boat. Has anyone
ever taken this class of boat through Potter? Seems a
shame to keep going up and down this waterway just to
hear the Pilot say that water-level didn't quite drop
enough... There must be some boat that gets under
occasionally.

Colin

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We've been under on Opal Emblem.  I loved it!  

Lisa

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hi colin ,
colin whispering reeds at hickiling have the same class boat ,hawaiian goose  http://www.whisperingreeds.net/?page_id=137  , so there should'nt be a problem , best advice is to ring the pilots office the afternoon before or on the morning you wish to go through , saves a lot of time and go elsewhere if the answer is no , but really can't see a problem


steve and vicky

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Shame its not this week,it reached 7 feet in the last few days  I heard .We could do with that in the summer . Smile

Roy and Diane

Hope to see you on the river,

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We went through Potter last season (August) with Fair Empress, and she is 46ft by 12ft and 7ft plus Airdraft.

Best advice is to talk in person with the pilot and look at the gauge in the office. He will open his little blue folder and look at the real numbers and make his decision. We had almost and inch clearance on the corners (not kidding) the pilot did a fantastic job...

You wouldn't believe the grief we got t'other side of the bridge though. "that boats not designed to be here", was the comment from one virago moored in Horsey staithe and personally taking responsibility for where we could or could not go.
Rather than argue with the silly person we simply reversed (quite easily as a matter of fact) back down the staihte and into the mere and made our way to a quiet 24Hr BA mooring and had a lovely evening of fishing and listening to the trumpet calls of the resident black swans.
That was probably my worst experience of selfishness I have ever had in 30 years of sailing (rag and stick)and cruising (stinky)so is not typical. There were some other types of boat users above potter who tut tutted as we passed and others who laughed when they saw the size of the boat. With care and consideration the area above potter is fantastic, my advice is to hire a sailing dinghy and get to Horsey and have a ball.  

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Forum Girly Swot 11.02.2011

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We have been through Potter Heigham Bridge twice on Gala Girl.  We've even been through on Gardenia Girl. Next time we're on the broads we're on Glamour Girl so no chance of getting under the bridge then.  You shouldn't have a problem on Gala Girl. just find out from the pilot what time to arrive and once he gets you through he'll tell you the best time to come back.

Jess

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Thanks for the replies. Of course, once you get through
the bridge, the next thing is paranoia about "will we
be able to get back". The idea of a day-boat is a good
one I think, all of the pleasure and none of the pain.
Or alternatively to have an extra 3 day break and hire
a cruiser on the "other side". When I have phoned the
Pilot before, he has understandably been non-committal,
and at best will say that you have a good chance. It
always ends up with a smidgin too much boat and not
enough bridge and pottering back down river. My weight
should reduce air-draft by an inch anyway, I would
think.

Colin

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Or load the boat up with an amazing amount of beer!
100 cans and inch might do it. But you`ll have to drink
it once back through!

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"that boats not designed to be here"

Any boat whatsoever that uses the natural cycles and elements to get through Potter is just as entitled to cruise the upper Thurne as even the smallest dinghy.

The combination of low water and pilot skill clearly did the job, showing that it can be done even with a larger boat.



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Exactly..

All the tut tutting was annoying too!

Life is too short

M&F

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