Sunday, March 16, 2008

Aynho weir lock is NOT funny

yep, I think that about sums it up.


Blogger Maffi said...

How rare of you short sweet and to the point

2:25 PM  
Blogger Steve said...

A challenge to a crewed boat! A veritable conundrum to the solo Narrowboater ! ! ! - wait til you come back! - You can always buy a ladder at Banbury ;-)

4:00 PM  
Blogger Simon said...

another [partially] single hander nods sagely...

Mind you, Tortoise (30') had a good go at winding herself there whilst I was tending to the paddles, which at least I saw the funny side of afterwards. There's not many locks where that might happen.

8:17 PM  
Blogger Lorna said...

I am a non-boater so please explain!

10:48 AM  
Blogger Simon said...

Lorna - Aynho lock is a weird wide one with narrow gates. Normally locks are straight, but this widens out in the middle, making single handed locking (where the boat is pulled through the lock by a rope) tricky. We all manage it, of course, eventually, with a bit of swearing... ;-)

useful picture here:

12:38 AM  
Blogger MortimerBones said...

not to mention that as you come out of the lock the river cherwell crosses the canal and there is a weir to contend with. All very well unless there has been a great deal of rain the night before... then it is all a bit fierce. The force of the water wacks you into the weir, and you have to try and keep the boat moving, and off it. Especially when you have very low drain holes as I do..because you don't want to get jammed, and then have the water pouring into your front deck and subsequently into the cabin (if it gets too high)

Oh dear, I don't think I have quite recovered!

8:45 AM  
Blogger Lorna said...

Sounds like you are sailing the high seas when at the 'Aynho Lock'.

My sister and I used to earn tips opening the gates at 'Somerton Deep Lock' when we were girls. It started when we used to "help" the Lock Keeper but when BW ended manning it we continued ... then our mother found out. Ouch!

9:27 AM  

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