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  1. Going upstream out of West Stockwith is easier than going down. You will exit West Stockwith as soon as there is enough depth which will probably be within half an hour of the flood. You will probably need to go boldly out of the lock into the upstream flow, which will will take you all the way up to Torksey. The other week, on springs ,we left West Stockwith and were getting 3.5 knots of extra speed over the ground from the tide , which gradually diminished with progression upstream to Torksey. On Neap tides the free fuel provided by the tide will be reduced. Bear in mind the tides can be as much as half an hour off the predicted time depending on weather conditions. This is where the experienced lock keepers should be able to help.
  2. The flood (the time when the tide starts to come in) at West stockwith starts at high tide Hull (more or less). It runs in for 2 hrs 15mins. So it runs in with considerable pace. You dont want to be trying to enter the lock off the Trent while it is running in fast. High tide is the best time to arrive when the water is slack but this is difficult to achieve if you are coming from Torksey. The tide runs out with a fair lick but that is slow compared to the way it comes in. An hour after high tide the flow will still be tolerable even on springs. In practice you should - must- talk to the lock keeper at west stockwith the day before you wil be travelling and if you are uncertain he will advise you of a good time.
  3. My first boat had a sea toilet. It also had a Boat Safety Scheme Certificate . The outlet from the toilet had a sea cock that could be closed to prevent discharge into the water. My present boat has a holding tank which has a deck pump out fitting. However it also has a macerator pump and sea cock which allows the tank to be pumped out (below the water line) into the water. We are perhaps lucky that in our area (River Trent) there are moorings at the locks and C&RT toilets available. It is very rare for us to be moored where there is no shore toilets within a short walk. We use these shore facilities and therefore pee only in the toilet on the boat .
  4. There is a fairly low wall on the upstream of Holme lock . A visitor pontoon and a small low section of wall upstream of Stoke Lock A visitor pontoon between the bridge and the lock upstream of Gunthorpe lock. A moderately high wall upstream of Hazelford lock and a low section of wall downstream. A visitor pontoon at The Bromley at Fiskerton. A visitor pontoon at Farndon. A visitor pontoon at Newark near the C&RT offices . A low wall downstream of Nether Lock A visitor pontoon and a low section of wall upstream of Cromwell.
  5. My engine is not Vetus but I use Baldwin filters which are not usually expensive. There may be more than one choice of filter that will fit - some have no drain at all. Do you have a part number for the Vetus filter in this case? edit ... other posts arrived while I typed !
  6. There are charts available for the River Trent - for the non tidal and tidal sections. .
  7. Yes the Trent is quite low at present and not much rain forecast. Thank's for that.
  8. I have been trying to find out whether there could be an Aeigir on the spring tides around 24th/25th June . So far not found any hard evidence. Three different tide table I have found show different heights as they us e different datums. However I suspect there could be an Aeigir . Therefore best not be on the river between Gainsborough and Keadby when the flood comes in (unless prepared to take on a large wave).
  9. It is important to seek advice from the lock keepers . Booking in advance a Keadby is essential. The lock keepers will advise if a passage plan is unsafe. 24th/25th June is no moon = springs with a 7.2m (predicted astronomical) tide at Hull. A slightly higher 7.3m tide is predicted on the morning of 26th June. I expect the possibility of an Aegir cannot be excluded. We went on a 6.9m (Hull) tide last July 3rd and there was no Trent Aegir. In fact the tide was half an hour late and quite reluctant to come in at all . A boat ahead of us grounded up from Keadby and we had to wait for the tide. We would not wish to meet a significant Aegir. However a cruiser capable of being a sea boat can deal with it. The predicted Aegir dates/times used to be published but I haven't been able to find any published data the last couple of years.
  10. June would be good for day length. But do plan in advance so the tide times are convenient on your day of travel. Arriving at high tide is easier for getting into the lock but means pushing the tide on the way down. Slow boats may prefer to arrive at low tide and wait for the flood to give enough depth to get into the lock. I expect to be on the river passing Cromwell on 24th June and stopping overnight at Torksey. However going to Hull and not going in at Keadby.
  11. I have done the Witham a few times. It was in our previous boat which was a 25ft cruiser ......the boat could fit under the bridges through Lincoln with half an inch to spare (which was not boring!). Lincoln and Lincolnshire are of interest to me in that Lincoln is my place of birth. I escaped at the age of 18. Once past Bardney the Witham to Boston is at least a reasonable depth ......but occasionally can be clogged with weed. A shame there aren't more boats on it.
  12. Blasting along at 20+ knots , where permitted below Gainsborough and on the Humber , certainly isn't boring . Even a small cruiser will , at low revs, easily want do a couple of knots more than a narrowboat which I think makes all the difference between feeling like leisurely progress is being made compared to feeling hardly any motion. I am perhaps biased but I dont find any part of the Trent boring.
  13. Planing speeds are not necessary . I have done the journey from Torksey to Keadby and the return without going at planing speed. However the correct timing is critical and a lot less worry in an adequately powered boat. I know a lot of narrowboats do this trip although I cant imagine it would be enjoyable below West Stockwith . The Seamaster should be easily capable of this journey.
  14. Not so boring if you have adequate power.
  15. Actually when going upstream from Keadby the flow is usually faster than when going downstream ... if the timing with the tide is done correctly You will certainly need the vhf on the Trent - especially to contact the lock at Keadby just before you arrive. I have not known anyone be questioned about a vhf license but would suggest you do the vhf course - which can be done in Nottingham. It's a while since I went in at Keadby - it certainly is a challenge. You must be expected at Keadby - otherwise the lock may not be manned .