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  1. #1
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    Default Spitway - Pyefleet to Burnham

    Going to be crossing the Spitway for the first time this weekend. Any advice for a first timer? We plan to leave Pyefleet just after low tide, heading for Burnham.

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    Default Re: Spitway - Pyefleet to Burnham

    Go to Tillergirl's website and use this chartlet. ..

    http://www.crossingthethamesestuary....02019%20V1.pdf

    You need to be east of the buoys for best water, but in my experience with 1.5 m draft I aim to be at the Spitway at LW if going to the Crouch or Medway (from Mersea) so I take the last of the ebb cross at LW and take the flood
    Larry Botheras

    Colvic Victor 35 "Gladys"

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    Default Re: Spitway - Pyefleet to Burnham

    There should be plenty of water by the time you get there, but I imagine the Forum creepie-crawlies will tell you to go via the Ray.
    Far away is near at hand in images of elsewhere

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    Default Re: Spitway - Pyefleet to Burnham

    Quote Originally Posted by johnalison View Post
    There should be plenty of water by the time you get there, but I imagine the Forum creepie-crawlies will tell you to go via the Ray.
    Not this weekend they won’t , low water is midday ish so unless he has a hovercraft best stick to the wet bit

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    Default Re: Spitway - Pyefleet to Burnham

    We usually time it to get to the Spitway at or near LW, so you get favourable tide in both rivers. It's more important to get the flood in the Crouch, though, because it's a longer slog if you have to stem the tide, so your timing should be fine. The Spitway channel is very wide and flat, so straying off the line is not a problem - see tillergirl's chartlet to confirm that. Don't worry about it, it's an easy one!

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    Default Re: Spitway - Pyefleet to Burnham

    Marvellous. Thank you all.

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    Default Re: Spitway - Pyefleet to Burnham

    Earlier this year i crossed through the Spitway an hour before LW with 1.800 draft and it went down to just 300 mm below the keel. Southern end. I was dead on the line of the buoys.I am confident that my sounder was accurate because i touched off Sales point when not concentrating and just drifting about to waste time to get into Bradwell. Sounder read correctly on the shingle. It was me that was not watching it
    Last edited by Daydream believer; 24-08-19 at 08:26.
    It is all down to the fact that my wife does not understand me !!

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    Default Re: Spitway - Pyefleet to Burnham

    Quote Originally Posted by Daydream believer View Post
    Sounder read correctly on the shingle. It was me that was not watching it
    I know the feeling.
    Far away is near at hand in images of elsewhere

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    Default Re: Spitway - Pyefleet to Burnham

    Quote Originally Posted by Daydream believer View Post
    Earlier this year i crossed through the Spitway an hour before LW with 1.800 draft and it went down to just 300 mm below the keel. Southern end. I was dead on the line of the buoys.I am confident that my sounder was accurate because i touched off Sales point when not concentrating and just drifting about to waste time to get into Bradwell. Sounder read correctly on the shingle. It was me that was not watching it
    As I mentioned earlier in the thread, the Buoys DO NOT show the best water, see Roger's chartlet on CTTE (Linked in previous post...)
    Larry Botheras

    Colvic Victor 35 "Gladys"

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    Default Re: Spitway - Pyefleet to Burnham

    Spot on with the advice, we crossed just after LW and had a good run into Burnham. Thanks for all the advice.

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