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  1. My advice is sound, it is not half cocked. I do not know what your problem is, I have been through canals, just not the ones you are familiar with, the locks open, the water comes in, the boat rises. I cannot see that anyone would suggest she must not get an instructor, must not wear a lifejacket and must not understand how to use the equipment. The "Word", is that a religious reference?
  2. I would not wear a lifejacket if I were in company, but I would if locking, and alone. I would not use a crotch strap, and it may or may not be self inflating. To be frank, I much prefer a life vest/bouyancy aid for any sort of active water activity, probably the kind a canoer would use, no strappiness.
  3. If you look at my first post, you will find that OP had had very few responses. My advice if you chose to call it that, it is based on a lifetime of boating, and includes helping those who have got into difficulties, including a double drowning of my friends. No need to dramatise the situation, that is what happens sometimes. it was cold, it was dark, and they were alone in an unsuitable vessel with no safety kit. I stand by my post, OP should not regard my ideas as dangerous, they are sound.
  4. of course, this was the very argument used by the "no need for safety belts in cars" brigade. I was brought up in the day when you were over-cautious if wearing a safety hat of any sort, cycling/riding/racing cars. Those days have gone.
  5. But the OP does not have a narrowboat. She has been advised to walk the boat through. When the locks are full of cold dark water, and she is alone, do you suggest she just wears shorts and T-shirt? Even with a lock full of boats, if I fell in, possibly unconscious, I'd opt to be on the surface rather than underneath. I did not envisage a lock full of narrow boats, and neither did anyone else.
  6. Correct, I am seeing things from the novice POV, so I am giving the advice I would give to any complete novice boater ............. get instruction, [in fact I said this is what I would do in her place], wear a lifejacket when locking, have reliable equipment and know how to use it. "Its nought to do wi' ought", as they say in Yorkshire. As previously mentioned, I framed my post from my viewpoint, on what I consider to be a sensible plan before setting out on a long journey. I did not mention nitty gritty of boat handling, narrow or otherwise. I think it is unwise for anyone to power up and set off without any preparation, [not that I am suggesting OP is doing this], but plenty of people do it every year.
  7. You team up with a few well crewed boats and they do all the work while you sip a cup of tea, and adjust the ropes. A single boat would not be allowed to lock through due to water conservation.
  8. Oh, Ty note particularly that returning the rope from boat to mooring ring to boat is unsafe, so the ropes are usually secured to the shore [bollards or captive rings] and the boat handler controls the boat from the deck, feeding the rope through a block, so the first thing to do is to put a bowline in the shore end of the rope. The sea locks are pretty deep, but are manned. Two good ropes of 12metre minimum, are required. The inrush ofwater can be pretty fierce, due in most part to over-enthusiastic lock handlers, no doubt in a rush to get to the Crinan Hotel.
  9. I don't see much advice being given to OP from all these experienced narrowboaters on here, no doubt they have forgotten more than I have learned about narrow locks, but oddly enough, using locks in Scotland, the boats are jammed in tight, often five to a lock designed to take one puffer. There's even a dedicated song with VHS type video. My post was general boating common sense for the singlehander novice, not specific to Stenson Lock or narrow boats. But please do, tell me, what is the difference between locking through Stenson and Crinan? Except that you would not be able to walk through as the water is a scarce resource so boats go through in batches.
  10. hmm, not sure that makes much difference, water comes in, boat rises, water goes out, boat falls. The site is a fantastic source of information.
  11. I would most certainly pay an instructor to help me for half a day, a lot of things could go wrong in the first few hours.. You can't even be sure if you have the equipment in working order. Ropes for mooring may not be suitable for locking for example. The engine may splutter and die, what is your contingency plan, what about the breakdown Rescue Service, its a pre payment service. Do you have a lifejacket, if so wear it, if not , get one!
  12. I think you are over reacting, I won't be charging up the waterways at full tilt, I will probably get some training, but really will be taking things easy. I will use common sense. Hunderds of folks hire boats every year with absolutely no background, its not rocket science. I've done lots of boathandling, small and large, canoeing, surfboards, coracle, RIBs , speedboats, dingies, rowing, sculling, sea, ocean, inshore, offshore, lakes and rivers, really can't imagine this is going to be too difficult. and the Crinain canal, numerous times
  13. Yes , but you would not ever cruise with windows which open outwards flying in the wind, it just common sense. On a summers day it would be ok to open up all doors , windows and hatches, but in downpour you would not, as the air being 100% saturated is not going to have anything other than a detrimental effect lol
  14. I am going to see boats, no worries, but I've done plenty of offshore racing, and criss crossing at ten knots with a few feet to spare is fairly common. but we tend to close hatches/windows/portholes when setting off.