The Norfolk Broads hire season has barely gotten going and the first incident of note has been racked up. This Barnes Brinkcraft hire boat, Brinks Prelude found itself wedged under Vauxhall Bridge in Great Yarmouth yesterday morning.
Now there really is little excuse for this error of judgement. The hire boats from this yard all have the air draft prominently displayed at the helm, we know this as it is the yard we always used. As well as this the stated air draft is a safety margin more than the real air draft, again we know this as we spent many hours talking with the staff over the many years that we hired from there. On top of this there are also several air draft gauges on the approach to the bridge and well before the bridge giving plenty of time to decide if the boat will go through, well before you arrive there.
We are giving silly season on the Broads another miss this year. As much as we miss the place and enjoy our visits it's clowns like this that really do ruin the enjoyment for the vast majority.