Lock­ing safety

Canal Boat - - Letters -

I read Kevin Blick’s ar­ti­cle on lock in­ci­dents ( CB, Oct) with in­ter­est. A very good ar­ti­cle that un­der­lines the need for the per­son on the bank to be at­ten­tive and watch­ful at all times. I would also add that in locks that have anti-van­dal gear, all should be left un­locked un­til you exit the lock in case you need to quickly op­er­ate a pad­dle.

How­ever, I was very dis­ap­pointed to see in

the pic­ture at Bar­row­ford locks the nar­row­boat en­ter­ing us­ing one gate.

I un­der­stand it is hard work to open both but the boat is clearly run­ning along the face of the gate that makes the seal. Many of the bot­tom gates leak at pre­cisely this point. Just open­ing the gate a bit would save this kind of wear and tear, help­ing to ex­tend the life of the ex­pen­sive wide lock gates and re­duce wa­ter loss. NICK & GINA MEAD Lady Teal ho­tel boat Kevin replies: “You make a good point. How­ever, the pic­ture is very de­cep­tive: be­cause we are very deep draugh­ted, if I only open one bot­tom gate, the other in­evitably swings open due to the move­ment of the boat com­ing in. It’s ac­tu­ally do­ing that in that par­tic­u­lar photo.

“The real dam­age is done com­ing down a lock us­ing one gate – the sec­ond gate can­not swing freely away and a boat will in­evitably rub along its edge. I al­ways swing the sec­ond gate open for just this rea­son.”

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