‘A cen­tre­line is not for mooring, and in the worst case on flood­ing rivers, its use can pull a boat over’

Canal Boat - - Ask The Experts - TONY BROOKS Tech­ni­cal Con­sul­tant

Now is the time many boaters get their win­ter fuel stocks in. That’s fine but on a nar­row­boat it’s hard to ac­com­mo­date more than a very few bags un­less you store them on the roof. If you do, re­mem­ber that this will raise the boat’s cen­tre of grav­ity and al­low it to rock much more. The ef­fect will be worse if you tie up with a tight cen­tre­line. A cen­tre­line is for han­dling, not mooring, and in the worst case on flood­ing rivers, its use can pull a boat over.

Talk­ing of flood­ing rivers and lines, it is al­ways safer to have a very long flood line ready to run from the front of your up­stream fac­ing boat to a strong tree or post. I would not trust a welded T-stud and would have a sep­a­rate strong point fit­ted for this use.

If you are not on a float­ing pon­toon, also have some long poles ready to put be­tween your boat and the bank and driven into the riverbed so the boat can­not ride over the bank and strand it­self when lev­els drop.

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