Friday, 28 October 2011

Why any canal boat over 57ft needs a bow thruster

Traditionalists may scoff at those of us widebeam or narrowbeam boaters with bow thrusters. We may even be accused of not being able to drive a boat without one which isn’t true, except perhaps for a small minority. But it could be said that there’s also a minority of boaters without a bow thruster who can’t drive a boat anyway…
 
A while ago I talked about the SAFETY aspect of having a bow thruster, which nobody in their right mind can dispute. We’ve all seen experienced boaters without one pinned to the towpath, or sideways on across a canal…
 
Here’s a classic example of why having more control over safety is so important. No offence to Continuous Cruisers, but this is an ex Continuous Cruiser trying to turn his boat round this morning in a slight breeze,, in a marina! It took him an hour of dangerous, precarious perseverance whilst desperately trying to avoid the boats on our pier…
 
Spot the boat side on…
 
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Bit too close for comfort…

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Front end coming round totally out of control, the boat next door to us on the left got lucky…
 
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Tell you what if he’d clattered our bow here he’d have got one helluva mouthful…
 
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Our front end too, missed by a few inches…

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Then moments later we noticed this Land Rover on the little road behind us being towed away. Front right wheel hanging sideways on…!
 
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They say everything comes in three’s, so we’ll both be turning round slowly for the rest of the day, no sudden moves allowed…

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