Learn how to use a narrowboat sized canal lock with this step by step guide. The appeal of canals results from the combined acceleration of wonderful countryside scenery, water and engines. Being able to effectively control the locks is an intricate part of the canal and river networks.This article goes over how to use a narrowboat sized canal lock. This task is better done with more than one person, but with a crew instead.
Approach the lock. When the boat’s navigator comes near the lock, someone needs to close the front doors of the boat and open the gates of the lock. At the same time, the lock crew needs to walk to the lockside and notice any special instructions. Sometimes there will be a lock keeper present that can answer any questions. Once the gates are open, the navigator needs to go right into the lock.
Equalize water levels. Insert the lock key, also called a windlass, into the winding mechanism and turn it a few times to open the paddle.
When the water is equalized, open the gates. Allow the boat to enter and close the paddles.
Navigate the boat into the lock. If the lock is wide, throw a rope to the shore crew to navigate through the turbulence. Allow the shore crew to control the boat with the bollards.
Close the gates after the boat has entered. Go to the other end of the lock and open the ground paddles.
Once the lock is half full, open the gate paddles. If the boat appears to be hung up on anything, be prepared to quickly close the paddles. The navigator needs to keep the boat as steady as possible by using low rev.
Drive out of lock once the gate is open and the water is equalized. Steer along the bank for lock crew to re-board the boat.