On the Northern Broads there are three briges you may need to negotiate. These are Ludham Bridge, Potter Heigham (in fact two bridges about 100 yds apart) and Acle bridge. This section show you how to manage passing under bridges by examining the mast lowering and quanting at Potter Heigham. We start on the east side of the bridges moored on the south bank.
Lower the boom onto the small crutches.
Secure it in place with a couple of turns of mainsheet
Wrap a tie round the jib to keep it neat.
Remove the fore hatch so the mast can swing through
Check that the keep is still inplace holding the mast
That's it with the piece of string
Undo the light rope that secures the gaff jaws
Place all the blocks wrapped round the shrouds
Lay the gaff alongside the boom so the mast can lie flat
Free off the forestay from its cleat
Remove the keep
One person on the cabin top has a tie in his hand and pulls the shrouds inwards to start the mast moving
As the balance weight rises catch it on the forestay
Pause here and use the tie to hold all the shrouds losely to the mast
Lower away gently...
...until the mast lies on the crutches as well.
Tidy away all loose ropes (remember the jib sheet) so the side decks are clear
If you are lucky a friend helps with a second quant
Quant out into the middle of the river
Here's the first bridge, the steel road bridge
Go well forward and drop the quant vertically
Push on the pole with the knob in your shoulder
As you get towards the stern drop the quant a few inches and give it a twist so it does not stick in the mud
Grab hold of the bridge's giders to pull you through
Continue to quant between the bridges watching out for a couple of deep holes in the bed
Line yourself up for the small bridge - it's at an angle...
...and it's quite small.
Duck, and use the stoneware to pull you through.
Watch for a side wind catching the boat - and the current.
Not far now
Safely moored open the hatch cover and prepare to raise the mast
Help the mast up from the stern and by pressing down on the counterbalance
Pause halfway and remove the tie holding the shrouds
Push the mast up keeping an eye that nothing catches
Help it the last few inches with a good push forwards
Ah the topping lift has got the wrong side of the boom
Drop into the hatch to put the mast keep back in place
Secure the forestay on its cleat
Refit the tie on the gaff jaws
And collect your cup of tea!