I am moving to a boatyard above Bursledon bridge and I was wondering what the clearance would be at the highest tide. My radar tower does fold down but its a bit of a faff to do it.
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Thread: Bursledon bridge Hamble
07-03-12, 11:02 #1
Bursledon bridge Hamble
07-03-12, 11:15 #2Registered User
Location : New Forest
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07-03-12, 11:15 #3
At the highest tide there will be no clearance for you.
I had a sports boat north of the bridge for a while and high tide, even on neaps was a no no.
You are probably looking at access up to 2 hours either side of hwHalf a dinari for an old ex-boater
07-03-12, 12:08 #4
Whitelighter spot on, it will restrict your coming and going a fair bit. Volvopaul of this parish keeps his boat at Cabin Boat yard so will be able to advise what restrictions he experiences with his similar size Flybridge Mobo.
...but welcome to the Hamble!
07-03-12, 12:25 #5
I went to eastlands for a few days to try it, it was even more difficult there
high water = not enough air draft
low water = not enough water
Somewhere in the middle was possible with heart thumping risk of damage but plenty manage it.
07-03-12, 12:49 #6
07-03-12, 14:07 #7
07-03-12, 14:24 #8
We did consider Eastlands, but SWMBO wasn't all that keen preferring better facilities and a marina.Adrian
07-03-12, 14:46 #9
I think you'll find it's a lot further from Hamble Cardinal to Bursledon Bridge than it is from Weston to Shamrock.
Can't disagree about the trip from Weston to Calshot though (mind you it only takes me 15 mins )
07-03-12, 14:53 #10
Many years ago, I bought our first ever seagoing boat a Sealine 305, from the Sealine dealer who used to operate from Swanwick boatyard just upstream. For our first trip out on our new boat, I planned the trip meticulously based on prevailing tides and having plenty of water under the keel but it never occurred to me that the height of Bursleden bridge might be a problem. When we had seatrialled the boat, I didn't realise that we had gone under the bridge near low water. Anyway, we cast off an hour or two after high water and on a fast ebbing tide approached Bursleden bridge. My mate was helming the boat from the flybridge and I was standing next to him. My SWMBO was on the foredeck coiling up ropes and putting away fenders; she suddenly started shouting and pointing upwards but we couldn't hear her above the racket of the engines and I told my mate to ignore her. After all what do women know about helming boats? A few seconds later we started to nose under Bursleden bridge and I finally realised what my SWMBO was getting so aeriated about. We were too high to get under the bridge. My mate slammed the boat into reverse but it was too late. The boat was slewed sideways by the tide and the radar arch crashed into the underside of the bridge slicing off the very substantial Koden radar dome and VHF/Decca aerials and bending the stainless steel radar arch. I later found out that the radar dome had plummeted into the cockpit below and whacked the head of my mate's girlfriend's dog. We eventually extricated ourselves and limped back to the marina to survey the damage. The dog was cowering under the saloon table, reasoning I guess that it was the only safe place to hide from massive objects falling out of the sky. My mate's girlfriend refused to come on the boat ever again
Moral of the story: look up as well as down when you're boating