Boat Insurer Tips - Canal Lock Safety

Canal locks are the most dangerous aspect of inland waterway navigation, so as a responsible boat insurance provider to help you avoid unnecessary risks we thought it prudent to list a few simple rules to ensure they need not be so problematic.

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  • Children should not be allowed to operate locks unless they have more than sufficient strength and even then only when accompanied by an adult.
  • Pets should be kept locked inside the vessel away from locks, even well behaved animals serve as a distraction at a time of heightened risk.
  • Never tightly tie the vessel when going down in locks
  • Locks require reasonable physical strength and proficiency. Those lacking strength should consider a geared windlass
  • Open/ close lock gates and paddles slowly
  • Wear sensible footwear, flat soled and rubber gripped.
  • Locks are incredible deep, non-swimmers and children should wear life-jackets.
  • Keep the boat hull clear of the sills both front and back
  • Always approach locks slowly also be aware of any
  • Do not walk down the boat side when in or entering locks
  • Always close lock paddles using the windlass to help protect the lock gate, but in doing so kept firm hold of the windlass, never let it free cycle.
  • Monitor your boat is in the lock. In the event of anything untoward happening, simply stop what you are doing. Close the lock paddles again and investigate/ rectify

Finally, ask if in doubt, experienced boaters are always a font of great advice and are usually happy to help. This article is brought to you with good intent and with lots of passion for boating, please do revisit the website should need a competitive narrow boat insurance quotation.

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