‘This can put even the more ex­pe­ri­enced into a panic, es­pe­cially when they check and find noth­ing’

Canal Boat - - Ask The Experts - TONY BROOKS

WITH THE ON­SET of au­tumn, the fun will start for in­ex­pe­ri­enced in­land boaters when the trees shed their leaves.

When they fall into the canal or river they tend to pack around the spin­ning pro­pel­ler so the boat goes slower and slower while the en­gine might labour, over­heat and pos­si­bly pro­duce black smoke. This can put even the more ex­pe­ri­enced into a panic, es­pe­cially when they check the weed­hatch and find noth­ing around the prop: when it stops, the leaves tend to float away!

Over the next few months, if you lose power for no rea­son just slip the boat into re­verse and give it a rev. You may see the leaves dis­pers­ing all around the back of the boat.

It’s also worth a try if you think the prop has picked some­thing up at other times of the year. Re­verse can throw de­bris back off.

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