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Old 14 August 2013, 07:11   #21
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Fair points. The rivers around us are slow moving & narrow with loads of angry anglers so not the best for any craft that would plane on open water.
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Old 14 August 2013, 07:14   #22
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Fair points. The rivers around us are slow moving & narrow with loads of angry anglers so not the best for any craft that would plane on open water.
Ah yes, we have such a stretch along the Feeder Road canal - personally, I like to think that I'm saving the poor fish if 'accidentally' disturbing the fishermen
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Old 14 August 2013, 07:30   #23
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I'm always up for a bit of marine conservation too, maybe a Ribnet river cruise is on the cards.
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Old 14 August 2013, 07:36   #24
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I'm always up for a bit of marine conservation too, maybe a Ribnet river cruise is on the cards.
Absolutely! Bristol is an awesome stretch of water too, right through the center of the city, many places to stop for a beer too! I'm up for it!

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Old 14 August 2013, 08:24   #25
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But more daunting if you ever go through them is the 5 rise locks at Bingley near Bradford in West yorks on the Leeds Liverpool canal
Although there's only 5 they are the deepest locks in the country ,
Not been through on a boat but walked through them last year when they emptied them for a month or so for maintenance Work .
That's nothing - try the Blisworth Tunnel It's over a mile and a half long...
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Old 14 August 2013, 08:32   #26
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That's nothing - try the Blisworth Tunnel It's over a mile and a half long...
Ouch, imagine your engine failing halfway through that
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Old 14 August 2013, 08:50   #27
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Ouch, imagine your engine failing halfway through that
I'd be more scared if my lighting failed....it's VERY VERY dark in there!
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Old 14 August 2013, 10:11   #28
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I took my 5m grp boat with 15hp on the Kennet & Avon a few years ago- great fun being the 2nd fastest boat on the canal (Environment Agency boat won with 2 x 60hp)

Once darkness fell we opened up and scooted along at 12 knots

It was scary being in a lock with 20 tons of barge next to you

We based ourselves in Bath as it had a slip way and campsite

I'm thinking about getting on the Monmouthshire canal with the RIB.....
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Old 15 August 2013, 06:05   #29
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We based ourselves in Bath as it had a slip way and campsite
Cool, I love the marina down there, really pretty and a good pub!
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Old 15 August 2013, 07:48   #30
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... there is no lock keeper is there.

Not sure I'd have the patience for one lock, let alone that lot. Sorry to say but in this instance the french had a more civilised way of doing things...
I see your French lift and raise you the inclined plane at Ronquieres in Belgium...



It is quite big indeed.

Ronquières inclined plane - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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