Railroad Bridge Snafu
Posted by Jake Patrick on 6/5/2023, 10:47 am
We just moved into the neighborhood about a week or two ago and took our new Haynie out this last weekend. We got under the bridge fine (cleared by 2-3") on the way out around 7 am. The tide was supposed to be going out the rest of the day starting at 8:30 am, but the strong south wind I guess prevented that tidal movement from being as large as it was supposed to be and actually made the tide higher than when we went out.
On the way back in, the aluminum-fabricated grab bar nailed the bottom of the bridge and almost whipped the back of the boat into the pilings. Luckily we escaped with a little paint on the grab bar being stripped off. Very Lucky.
I am sure everyone is tired of hearing about the bridge having most likely talked about it ad nauseum for as long as you have been in the neighborhood. Everyone probably has their own methods for seeing if they can get under the bridge with respect to their own specific boat. But, has anyone ever discussed installing a tidal gauge on the pilings to allow for a little more predictability/stress mitigation with respect to getting under this bridge? I think it would be a big benefit to everyone that gets close to hitting it.
I will most likely remove the grab bar and install a windshield that can quickly clip on and off for this very reason, but still think a lot of people could make their lives easier if we installed a gauge on the pilings. It is already stressful enough dealing with the tide ripping perpendicularly to the openings between the piling if you have a large boat like we do.