Got to Leeds lock no 1 to discover the downstream gates have locks on them. One of the water taxis helped me out by opening that lock but said I'd need one for the others. Apparently CRT office in Leeds have them for sale but just in case they don't, is there any alternative? I suppose maybe some needlenose pliers might work but could do with something a bit more long term.
yeah you CAN get away with a long drive socket as Stabby said - I bought a handful of keys last year and only have a couple left ... having given them away to stranded boaters .
If it's any consolation, you'll at least be able to use them again on the Huddersfield Broad and Narrow canals if you go playing up there... and trust me - you'll be able to use them with your eyes shut if you ever make it all the way over to Liverpool on the canal - assuming Burnely ever gets opened again that is...
If you have an aluminium windlass I reckon you could drill the end of the handle and slot a handcuff key in (cut off T bar) to the correct depth then use epoxy and a roll pin to keep it in place. Can't quite remember how deep the slots are on the locks but I think it would stick out about one and a half inches. This would also make the alloy windlass retrievable with a magnet.
I don't go anywhere needing one these days due to no longer having a narrow boat but if I did that is what I would do.
In fact I might do it anyway as I have aluminium lock key I found in the cut and one of the handcuff keys on the boat somewhere.
Alternative would be to get someone to weld the correct length of handcuff key to end of a steel windlass. Drilling a steel one would be rather awkward.
Commonly known as a handcuff key. They also have them on the Rochdale. I put a .5m lanyard on mine, with a small swivel and a clip for my belt. Never lost it yet. I know some find using one on a lanyard a bit of a bother but I'm used to it. The locks on the Huddersfield Broad needed a smaller external diameter key shaft. Had to file 1mm or so off.
NB Bittern's Boom, 32ft Narrowboat reg'd 1968, moored on the highest mooring on the network.
We've always had two anti-vandal keys. At the New Year we sold one to a boater who arrived at Kidderminster, the lock by the church - he hadn't realised you need them sometimes, and this lock is the first going down to Stourport that requires such a key. We put the coins he gave us in an empty jam jar (raspberry) and bought a new key in February from Ashwood Marina. Aren't we nice?
Last Edit: Apr 11, 2019 15:50:46 GMT by naughtyfox
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