WEIGHT FOR IT

Canal Boat - - Back Cabin -

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.

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