TONY BROOKS

‘They could not have been more friendly and help­ful and seem to re­ally want boats to visit’

Canal Boat - - Ask The Experts -

Tech­ni­cal Con­sul­tant MANY PEO­PLE WILL now be think­ing about the sum­mer cruise so this month I am go­ing to say some­thing dif­fer­ent – the Bas­ingstoke Canal Au­thor­ity seemed to have got it­self a name for be­ing a bit anti-boater in the past but my ex­pe­ri­ence last year showed that to be a to­tally wrong im­pres­sion.

They could not have been more friendly and help­ful and seem to re­ally want boats to visit, so if you plan to visit the Thames, I’d urge you to in­clude the Wey and the ‘Baisy’. It’s a bit like a widebeam Shrop­pie with im­pres­sive en­gi­neer­ing, but it has al­ways suf­fered wa­ter prob­lems so it is only sen­si­ble to re­quire booked lock pas­sages. This al­lows the rangers to caulk the gates af­ter use.

Plan your visit in spring or early sum­mer, book by phone with the Au­thor­ity and bring your BSS, in­sur­ance cer­tifi­cate and li­cence fee to the first lock. Then en­joy a quiet canal plus the shop­ping and en­ter­tain­ment at Wok­ing.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.