Saturday, May 13, 2017

The single-boat-going-up-a-lock trick


Hints and tips for life with your feet under water


Not to scale!

Having opened the first ground paddle (1 in the diagram), cross to the other side of the lock, but leave the ground paddle over there closed for the time being. Instead, slowly open the gate paddle on that side (2). This will have the effect of letting water rush down the side of the boat, holding her even more firmly against the wall. If she drifts away from the wall more than a little, or if the skipper’s not happy about it, then close the paddle immediately, and open the ground paddle on that side as normal, and use the gate paddles as normal, too.

If the gate-paddle trick is working well, open the remaining ground and gate paddles as normal (3 and 4).


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