Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Mystery photos made me remember something

When you’ve got to back up through a lock,, then turn in an unofficial windy hole afterwards it’s always a bit daunting. Says she when all she has to do is open the lock gates, then stand and watch…
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That’s it, check out tha back end lad…
 
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And the front…
 
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When you get out of the lock, 100 yards further on, this turn is so tight for a 57 footer it can’t be done without a bow thruster to keep the front end steady. It’s always blowing a gale here (well it is when we’re about), and it’s always coming from the wrong direction, ie: \\\ at the stern…
 
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Unfortunately the boat can’t be turned the other way round, (with the wind in your favour) because it’s shallower at one side (RHS in this photo). So it still took about 10 minutes on high revs to get round…
 
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A friend of ours, (minus bow thruster) once proved the point. There was no other choice but to use the wind and turn the opposite way. The rudder scraped on the side of the bank and the prop on the bottom, end result? Beached, the only answer was to teeter down the gunnels, then physically push the bow away and jump on quick…
I once did a post about the bowthruster debate focusing on the SAFETY aspect, which sorta stirs things up from a different angle. “Girlie button?” No such thing…
 
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The “V” shaped railway bridge further on. We’ve often wondered why, because the train goes across in a straight line…
 
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This swing bridge hasn’t just got a number, it’s got it’s own number plate, the little yellow thing in the middle, bad photo, light fading, so you’ll have to trust me on this one…
 
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With the light fading fast there was just one more lock to do and we were back at the marina…
 
Oh and we gained a windlass and lost a fender (plus clip) on the way back. It would’ve been much more productive had it been the other way round because we’ve now got three windlasses and a fender short of a full set… 

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