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ChuffyMcGuffin
May-30-2013 @ 6:50 PM                           Permalink
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Hello,

New to the forum, although I've been lurking for some time now - trying to absorb as much information as possible. We (4 30-something friends -  one lady, 3 gents) are setting off for a week on the Broads on Friday 7th June (only a week to go!).

I've been once before, some years ago, and really enjoyed it; although last time I did no research beforehand and just got stuck in. Whilst it was a very nice holiday, the lack of foreknowledge meant (unfortunately) that we didn't get as much out of the holiday as we might have and perhaps didn't observe some of the Broads etiquette as well as we should have (apologies to anyone who might have been afloat at the time). So this time I decided to do a bit more forward planning and have picked up a wealth of information from this excellent forum. As always, however, there are questions with answers which prove elusive...

The others in the group are novices; having done it once before, I'm feeling OK about taking control of the boat, but I would like some advice on a couple of issues, if possible:

1) Our loose "plan" is simply to putter around the Northern rivers for a week, going wherever takes our fancy. We're picking up the boat in the mid-afternoon and had thought we might head towards Dilham on our first night. However, I'm now aware that there is a vintage boat event at Wayford that weekend - does this mean we will struggle to find a mooring on the Friday, or that the area in general is best avoided for the weekend? I will admit to some trepidation at the prospect of mooring anywhere near a vintage boat of any kind...

2) We would love to go under the Potter Heigham bridge and explore the area on the other side. Our boat requires a 6ft 8 air draft. I have been using the river gauge calculator to get an idea of our prospects over the past week but, as the measurement is only posted at a fixed time during the day, I don't have a clear idea of how the tides affect the river height (particularly as the online graph is not very clearly delineated). The reading for the past few days has been around 0.5, which is too high for our purposes. Is there a way to find out what the lowest level for the day might be? This information may be lurking somewhere on the forum, but so far I have either been too dense or insufficiently diligent to find it.

Any advice gratefully received!

Thanks,

CM

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May-30-2013 @ 7:23 PM                           Permalink
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You didn't say which boat your on, if you can get under Wayford Bridge you shouldn't have a problem with mooring, before the bridge may be a problem but there is always Sutton Staithe abt 15-20 mins sail away as a back up.

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Hi CM and welcome.

There is no easy answer to the PH bridge question.  Yes tide height does have an effect but atmospheric pressure and wind conditions in the north sea also have a major influence.

There has been a post running recently about when the pressure was high and the levels very low - the pressure dropped and the water came back up.

The flood (rising) tide comes south down the north sea and into the broads system, likewise the ebb (falling) tide goes northwards up the north sea.  Get a wind blowing from the north and it stops the ebb tide getting out - the rivers stay high and PH is a no go.

So keep an eye on the weather on a proper forecast,  BBC Breakfast is very good,including a look at the pressures and wind direction, then phone the pilots at PH and ask about the chances.  Remember you also have to have he conditions to get back through to get back to base.

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Hi CM

welcome aboard, love the avatar  Smile

Regards

Adrian, Michelle, Beck and Braydon,
the crew of FERZAN.

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Thanks all. We should make it through Wayford Bridge, I think (7ft clearance at high water?). We are hiring one of the Magic Gems out of Stalham. Seemed a reasonable choice for novices...

In relation to PH, I had suspected as much. Will keep an eye on the weather and call the pilot as suggested.

As for the avatar, one of the many hallmarks of my misspent youth...  Wink

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Word of warning, there are really only 2 good mooring spaces usually at Dilham. But, a nice stroll to the Cross Keys if you do manage to get moored there.Have a brill Holiday!:)

Iain.

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