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Old 15-05-2007, 13:10
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Sat 19 May

Thinking about coming round and going upriver - I have a score to settle with P'bro Swan Bridge and an underwater obstruction across most of the stream, but not all I think - anyone have detailed knowledge?
Plan to start from L'ton at 0730 - don't worry, I'll tiptoe past . . . !
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Old 15-05-2007, 21:50
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Re: Sat 19 May

Before the swan bridge there are quite a few others, but there's one with a center support just after Houghton, keep to the port side on your way up there's a submerged tank trap in the other.

Then Swan bridge has the deepest water on the same side too. Tides are 4 hours late up that far.

Just after then next bridge there is masses and masss of weed but its still of 5ft deep mid channel.

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Old 16-05-2007, 22:49
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Re: Sat 19 May

That's Greatham road bridge, with a supported girder span from stone arches (a rebuild maybe?). Bushes on the right do push one over to the clear side fortunately.
Anything constructive about getting over the shallow Pies?
Very grateful for your detail , most useful - have e-mailed you.

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Old 16-05-2007, 23:01
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Re: Sat 19 May

Just how far up the river do you plan to go??????
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Old 17-05-2007, 07:20
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Re: Sat 19 May

IF I come round Selsey this morning I'll go upriver Fri or Sat on the early flood, anchor at the Pies until HW lunchtime, then proceed to Pulborough, which I've done before.
BUT I haven't got past the underwater obstruction off the slip there.
Target is Stopham - tho' I think I can get thro the old bridge there is some doubt about turning round even if there's much point in struggling to Pallingham.
EBB TIDE is an angling boat, 8.4m LOA, draft 0.9m, beam 2.9m, air draft 2.2m (I hope!)
As I said, any info gratefully received, for this and future visits.
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Old 18-05-2007, 20:16
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Re: Sat 19 May

The tank trap was under the eastern of two sides of a farmers bridge, not greatham road bridge. The best channel for Pulborough bridge is the southern most arch. The Stopham road bridge, you may be to wide for that but the pubs right there if you get defeated.
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Old 18-05-2007, 23:05
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Re: Sat 19 May

Interesting to read of 'Tank traps', was in a rib North of Amberley at Easter and we hit an underwater obstacle in the middle of the river, at high tide which virtually demolished an Aluminium prop. No ideaa what it was, and no sign of what it might have been from the surface.
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Old 20-05-2007, 19:08
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So was that farmer's bridge the old one at Stoke which has just been replaced? I can't put my hand on a pic right now (yeah, yeah, they're all neatly filed . . . in my dreams.)

Anyway Steve, proceeding cautiously thro Greatham there were 2 hard bumps right on that left-hand side under the metal span! Mind you, I was earlier than ever before, having crossed the Pies by letting the flood just take me thro - so that's what they mean by "just go with the flow". . .

Graham, about your accrochement; it was a 10ft aluminium ladder stuck in the mud - and you bent it. I found it this morning when trying to anchor just above Houghton Br waiting for enough height: the hook wouldn't hold, I pulled it up to find a b . . . ladder sticking across the bows - and me dragging stern-first at 3 knots towards the bridge! Larf - I could've cried . . .

Thanks for comment on the Old Swan Br at P'bro - I sussed the LHS was best, do you mean the 3rd or 4th gap? Certainly I've been blocked before reaching the highest arch. Must revisit with waders and check for depth too.

As for Stopham, I could squeeze thro without fenders, but reports suggest branches down, lotsa weed, not much water, and possibly nowhere for me to turn tound, so little point. However, I aspire to a pretty pic with the White Hart as background, so haven't given up - next attempt on 14 July with the newly-formed Arundel Boat Club.

Incidentally all comments useful and are being collated. There isn't much info and even the L'ton HM's chartlet is not completely accurate.

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And you didn't take a camera?
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Old 21-05-2007, 09:19
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newly-formed Arundel Boat Club.


CJH

Perahps you lot should join forces with the Arun users group to try to get the river dredging program reinstated??


The Couple who live aboard at Houghton Bridge know about it.

Next time you'r going north of Stopham let us know and we might get the little RIB out to join you.
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Old 21-05-2007, 11:19
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Sorry, don't understand - I'm just me, not a group! Have only just heard about the ABC who are having an inaugural meeting this Friday at the Riverside Boatyard (new proprietor is very supportive.)

What is the Arun Users group? Any connection with the Solent & Arun Section of the IWA (who have some money set aside for a public landing at Arundel apparently.) Incidently, they rallied from Pulborough to Pallingham yesterday - about 7 or 8 small craft.

Does that look like too many cooks . . . ? Feel free to e-mail me with more info. Thanks

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Old 21-05-2007, 14:05
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I thought you were already in the club as it were

Arun users group, collective body of traders and users. Dave Finnamore, owner of LM is/ was the chairman.
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