WEIGHT FOR IT
QCan I use the boat to nose open the lock gate when the difference in water level has risen to just a few inches compared with the water outside? It seems to take forever for that last bit.
BRIAN JAMES, via email
ANICK REPLIES... No. I’ve seen people trying to do this thinking it doesn’t matter but it does. It puts immense strain on the gates. A few inches might not look much, but think about how much weight of water those few inches can be, especially if it’s miles to the next lock.