Originally Posted by CJL
Has anybody taken their RIB on a canal??
Is there any reason why it can't be done??
None that we can think of really Chris: once it's a canal in use & open to leisure boats...
CEVNI qualification is important in addition to your usual qualifications (if in Europe the ICC for example).
It's the 'Code Européen des Voies de Navigation Intérieure'
which teaches you all the relevant signs, sounds, signals, rights of way etc. Any mainstream (so to speak
) Instructor should be able to test. Worth buying the booklet at your chandlers first though! Or do a 'Google' for more info.
There were a lot of things to remember! But a handful of us managed to pass without too many 'study sessions' in the pub last year! As far as I recall the canal highway code was really developed to cover major inland waterways so the local canal may not challenge all the knowledge you may acquire!!!
I remember us needing to give a lot of space to a bunch of Italian party lads as they waltzed their hired canal boat through locks and bounced it merrily off river banks while making their way through Brittany
Apart from that the main issue was the operation of the locks themselves, keeping an eye on the depth and speed (check local regs)
and those yellow diamond thingies were quite helpful when going under bridges
There are many varieties when it comes to locks! Check that what you're making fast to rises & sinks with the water level
(Have seen a lock-keeper rescue a few big boats with a knife!) Oh and don't rush in or out: watch those eddies!!! Many bigger locks may have a 'traffic light' type signal.
We settled into our pace of chugging along quite nicely at 5 knots and the engine was happy as Larry although it had a good service afterwards!!!
We are also chugging slowly through an account of our canal/river trip in Brittany which might give a flavour (unfinished
)... Canal/river bit begins on P.2.
North to South Brittany :
To St. Malo and Beyond - July 2005
Brian has written a top feature on The Caledonian Canal
The Caledonian Canal
And there's an exciting feature run in Northern Italy
by JK :
Cruising in Italy: Pordenone 2000 - John Kennett
An introduction to the Ostróda Elblag
Canal here by Ostroda :
Ostróda Elblag canal on a Parker
And a viewpoint of the same location by Andre :
Parker ribs go everywhere
If you search canals & river Thames etc. here on RIBnet you will get more extensive info.
Good luck and look forward to reading about it !