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Old 09-14-2020, 08:59 PM
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Default Plum Island River bridge and Parker River 1a bridge clearance?

Good to go with a 24' center console with t-top and radome at high tide?

Any help appreciated.
Old 09-14-2020, 11:29 PM
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Originally Posted by merlin2375 View Post
Good to go with a 24' center console with t-top and radome at high tide?

Any help appreciated.
What do charts say?
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13 ft. at mean high tide. You should be good to go.
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Thanks for the replies. Chart shows 13ft for Plum Island Bridge and 11ft for 1a Parker River bridge.

Given how the tides are, I was looking for local knowledge and experience.
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I have a 24 CC and with radome and go under it all the time. Just need to watch the antenna.
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I have a 24 CC and with radome and go under it all the time. Just need to watch the antenna.
Thanks AMac19!! When you say "it" do you mean the PI Bridge?

Have you ever gone under the 1A bridge in the Parker?

If I may ask, what kind of boat do you have?
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Originally Posted by merlin2375 View Post
Thanks for the replies. Chart shows 13ft for Plum Island Bridge and 11ft for 1a Parker River bridge.

Given how the tides are, I was looking for local knowledge and experience.
I dont understand. You should be able to see on the chart the vertical clearance is listed at MHW/MHHW. You can also look up the local tide charts and compare. That should give you a good idea. And of course most bridges are marked with a ruler and go very slow as you approach, be ready to reverse if you won't make it. This is basic boating skills (being able to read a chart, look at tides, knowing your boat's air draft, etc). I have gone under hundreds of bridges in the past couple years whereas in my 25+ years of prior boating experience I only went under two bridges total.

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Originally Posted by mystery View Post
I dont understand. You should be able to see on the chart the vertical clearance is listed at MLW or MLLW. You can also look up the local tide charts and compare. That should give you a good idea. And of course most bridges are marked with a ruler and go very slow as you approach, be ready to reverse if you won't make it. This is basic boating skills (being able to read a chart, look at tides, knowing your boat's air draft, etc). I have gone under hundreds of bridges in the past couple years whereas in my 25+ years of prior boating experience I only went under two bridges total.
I am a relatively new boater so I like to speak to other boaters in the area to get their experience. I understand that this seems like an objective question but it gives me comfort to understand what others are doing in the area. I have learned a lot from others and value the input. I don't see the harm in asking.

Also, based on my research charts show clearance at Mean High Water, not MLW or MLLW.
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Originally Posted by merlin2375 View Post
I am a relatively new boater so I like to speak to other boaters in the area to get their experience. I understand that this seems like an objective question but it gives me comfort to understand what others are doing in the area. I have learned a lot from others and value the input. I don't see the harm in asking.

Also, based on my research charts show clearance at Mean High Water, not MLW or MLLW.
You are correct I meant to say MHW/MHHW, sorry just having my first cup of coffee right now.

Have you considered taking a boating course and hiring a captain for a few hours a few times to teach you?
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I have considered it but everything is hard with COVID these days. I have been on the water quite a bit this summer and have traversed the PI river a number of times but am thinking about adding radar. Would be close I think.
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We keep our boat Newburyport. When we had our previous boat (31’ Sea Ray with radar on arch) we winter stored at Riverfront Marina that’s just on the other side of the 1A bridge. We made the trip to and from marina and boat yard several times over the years. Usually at half tide kind of timing because closer to low tide there was a risk of grounding out on the flats and in the river, and closer to high tide the risk of low bridging the radar existed. In all cases, if you have a tall vhf antenna, put it down before going under either bridge.
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Originally Posted by merlin2375 View Post
Thanks AMac19!! When you say "it" do you mean the PI Bridge?

Have you ever gone under the 1A bridge in the Parker?

If I may ask, what kind of boat do you have?
I mean the PI Bridge, but have also gone under the 1A bridge a few times as well. I have a 24ft HydraSports.
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I belonged to Riverfront and had a 25' CC with radome. No problem, just (as was said) antenna and/or rods in the rocket launchers need to come down. I think the PI bridge is even higher (IIRC).

You'll be fine. FWIW, once past Riverfront, there isn't much upstream on the Parker......
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Thank you!

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