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Hi... I have hired a boat in May, the Fair Jubilee, which will be my first trip on the Broads. I am really looking forward to it and am looking for advice: 1) the boat is 8ft 10in high which seems much higher than most other hire boats, how much room will I have thru Ludham Bridge, and 2) does anybody have any "do's" and "dont's" concerning an old dog on a boat holiday !
Thanks in advance.
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It should go through Ludham Bridge but it will be a bit tight. Do it at low tide for extra clearance.

My advice would be: Take it slow. Norfolk pace is very slow. Moor up frequently and explore the local area. You will see far more that way. If you only have a week stay North. Everywhere is good and there are no places to avoid. Don't forget to visit Ludham.

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High water Bridge heights are here http://www.broads-authority.gov.uk/boating/navigating-the-broads/bridge-heights-and-opening-times and tide tables where you can set the date you start and print of the whole week is in the list at the bottom of the this page and you can check how tides are trending on the Environment Agency website the nearest gauging station probably Barton Broad.
Dogs seem happy on boats with enough stops best get a life jacket - I had mine jump in at Ludham - he just swam to the bank where we had to hook him out with the boat hook probably the only use for it,best shut it in while mooring up though

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km585 Hello and welcome.

HERE is a link to a prior post regarding Fair Jubilee.

The following is a review extracted from UK holiday shop regarding Fair Diplomat which is listed as having an Air Draft/Boat Height of 8ft 9" being 1" less than Fair Jubilee's 8ft 10"....

"(Fair Diplomat Class) had an enjoyable holiday but I would not have booked this boat if I had known in advance that I would have trouble getting under Ludham Bridge. Not being able to navigate up the river ant spoilt the holiday a little.
Michael from Deal Kent (25 March 2016)"

There are also some good reviews regarding Fair Jubilee and you can find the complete list HERE.  It is a long list but in case you didn't know, if you are using a laptop etc, pressing control and F at the same time a search field should appear on the left near the top of the screen. Enter the word ludham and it should take you directly to the relevant review.  Cheers

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Alan...
www.mynorfolkbroadsboating.co.uk/


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I don't put my ten-penneth on very often.  But having a 12 year old dog, (with short legs) who needs carrying on and off, I can sympathize.  She always wears her life jacket and has a heavy duty car harness for getting on and off instead of the normal collar.  The thought being that if she fell in there is more to grab hold of.
Dogs generally seem to enjoy being on the water.  Have a good holiday


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Thanks for your quick and helpful responses... Nigel, Peter, Alan, Sue & Martin.
The link to reviews was enlightening as everybody said the boat was lovely but it seems clearance at Ludham Bridge was an issue, some said "OK" others said "NO WAY"... I assume tide levels at or below "average" will be OK, but above "average" could be a problem even at low tide. The EA website for trending tides will be useful nearer the holiday start date.
I'm sure the dog will love it... and he will be wearing a harness and jacket, whether he wants to or not !
Also, I thought I was tech savvy but the CtrlF hint was very useful.
Thanks
Kevin.


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