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Many bridges in the Netherlands open, but also many of the yachts there have tabernacle mast steps to facilitate lowering the rigs. In England somewhere there's an annual "3 rivers Race" where the competitors must repeatedly lower the rigs to clear bridges, drifting, sculling or poling through, and rehoist the rig and carry on. So Europeans are accustomed to this sort of thing.
I would expect that there are many boats for sale in your area where lowering the mast has been dealt with. At the same time there's lots of open water too, so not every boat is so equipped (as I'm sure you know already)
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