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What I've seen first-hand is people have this terrible, terrible fear of talking into a mic on a VHF and won't do it, absolutely won't even try to hail a bridge!
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Jeez. I just read the Original Post and nearly fell off my chair laughing at the first line: "Bridge planning"...

I start to sweat when the water depth is shallower than 100 meters and I have never gone through the same bridge twice (except for the ones in St Martin in the Caribbean).

Most bridges are tucked around corners so you cant see them until its too late to stop.
Most have a sign detailing exactly how to deal with the bridge...: But its afixed to the bridge pylon with writing so small you have already hit your mast.

Most have an operator but also most are automatic but most have a rope to pull to announce your arrival (I kid you not!) but most have a bell to ring, but most you need to radio and most you need to call on your phone with its international SIM card, most require in-depth local knowledge you get after hitting it and most have set operating hours you've missed, most have a tie-up to wait the next bridge but most its illegal to tie up..

But ALL bridges when you are going through and you look up you think the tippy-top of your mast is gunna hit the fricken bridge!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Re: Dealing with bridges

overall a good recommendation. but, in one river that I used to sail, an opening bridge was replaced by a fixed higher one. Problem was that the higher one is about five feet lower clearance than my mast height. Too bad for me...
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