Post by naughtyfox on Sept 5, 2020 5:15:10 GMT
Mr Nemesis, the first rule of the 'bow pressing against the top gate with the boat ticking over in forward gear' club is: Do not talk about the 'bow pressing against the top gate with the boat ticking over in forward gear' club.
So I've heard.
When we were on the southern Oxford Canal an 'experienced boater' told us that is exactly what we should be doing going uphill in locks, to plonk the front fender onto the rubbing board and leave the boat in forward gear at tickover - what's going to happen apart from the propeller kick empty water? We had already worked this out for ourselves, but it was good to hear confirmation that this is the proper method.
Old story, but Tony C hasn't heard it: 2 years ago I was alone at Penkridge, the Witch had gone home, and I had already fallen into the canal whilst painting the side of the boat. After this I wanted to paint the other side of the boat so turned it round at the water tap (where the elsan is) which meant going down Filance Lock. Some other boater had already moaned that there were no steps or landing stage to get off the boat below this lock.
On the way up, as I had just left the lock 10 minutes previously, of course it was empty so I thought I'd gently nudge the doors open with the nose of the boat, but they didn't budge, even with a bit o' welly. I left it in forward gear on tickover so that the boat would stay in that position and not drift to the other side of the canal. I jumped off the boat and started to open one gate by hand and then the boat started chugging in and I thought... fuck! -it's going to gather speed and hit the cill/gates at the top end! But, no panic, I'll climb down to the boat, down the ladder, and be back in control in a jiffy.
Only there's no poxy ladder at the eastern end, is there? (no). What moron designed this lock? And it's too deep to jump down onto the roof. So I sprinted to the ladder at the far end, waited for the boat to arrive, jumped onto the roof and ran down to the sliding hatch, eased myself onto the back deck, put it in neutral, let the revs drop, reverse in and a bit of power-splashing and the nose stopped just short of the cill. I mean, that was close!
A woman observing from above called down: "I can see you've done that before, that looked really good!" so I said "Yeah!"
Boating is a lot easier with two people, but it is very satisfying to do it all yourself, and always good to remember that you can never be too careful.