Bridge, what bridge?

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  1. Doug Lord
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    Great video from Scuttlebut:

     
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    I don't know about the rest of you, but I'm impressed...
     
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    Note the bags won't go lower than equal to the water surface, so you just need to have the bags big and full enough to pull the boat down when the bags are pushed outside, then pull the halyard in till the boat is tilted enough for bridge clearance, and then pass the bridge, guess you need to row or scull when tilted so much that the prop hits the air, all in all it looks like a reasonable safe operation, that is if the bridge has enough span width ;)

    P.S. - With pretty much wind maybe someone will try to do it sailing :D
     
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    It turns out to be the Merrill P. Barber Bridge over the Indian River Lagoon in the ICW at Vero Beach in Florida.

    Indian River Lagoon - Pictures - - ‘‘ Merril P. Barber Bridge Vero Beach Florida ’’​

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    Thanks for posting Dough, well done of that crew :)


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    ‘‘ At Potter Heigham Bridge it is compulsory to use the Pilot Service to take any Hire Craft through. Although the plaque on the boat may state that the boat is capable of going through Potter Heigham Bridge this is rarely achievable. The majority of time there is insufficient clearance. The pilot is best qualified to inform you if both your outward and return passage is possible. You can telephone in advance on 01692 670460 between 8.30 a.m. and 5.00 p.m or call mobile number 07990 686097. ’’

    ‘‘ Potter Heigham Old - Fixed - High Water Air Draft 6 ft 5" - Total Rise & Fall 4” to 6” - Width: Must Use Pilot (Arch) ’’
     

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    About the above 2008 bridge passing at Vero Beach, here some more links and bigger pictures, the quoted text comes from Duckworks :)

    ‘‘ Sailboat 85' Mast; Bridge 65' Clearance ’’
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    ‘‘ So you want to travel the ICW with a mast higher than 65 feet! This boat came in last night at Vero Beach. ’’

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    ‘‘ It has an 80' mast and 7'10" draft. Each water bag weighs 2000#. It's been coming down the ICW. ’’

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    ‘‘ What a treat to watch the crew execute this maneuver. ’’

    The above solution also looks to work nice to get the keel over a (river) sandbank, at least in easy waters :cool:
     
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