A passing thought...
Any tips on how to pass another narrowboat in a wide-beam tunnel?
JOHN WATERSON, via email
MARTIN REPLIES... Slow down in advance, while the other boat’s still some distance away, to tickover or just above – but don’t ever go into neutral or reverse, otherwise you’ll lose steerage. Don’t go too close to the side of the tunnel too early (or you might find yourself drifting out again before you meet the other boat). Instead, wait until you’re just a couple of boat lengths apart and then point your bows to the right, aiming to reach the tunnel side just before you meet the other boat – then straighten up as you come alongside.