Originally Posted by Martinwelshman
Do you tie it ?
I've been through a lock (on the Trent) a grand total of once
. It was manned, and I'd bought a long painter beforehand because I knew it was a deep lock. I threw the line up to the volunteer who tied it off but controlled it as the lock drained (I have a metal clip on the end of the line which I think I should take off in case I brain the person I throw it to). We used our oars to fend off from the green lock walls when we drifted onto them. Easy peasy.
This weekend I may well end up having to do one myself. I have windlass, small lock key (I think for powered ones? unsure) and anti-vandal key, though I'm not sure any of my local locks have those on, I'm carrying it just in case.
I've a m8 Chippenham way who I talk about going on the Severn or Avon with one of these days, so by all means let us know how you get on