Dear All, as the
busiest part of the boating season draws to an end and we all sit back and
reflect on our journeys and experiences, could we or others have made cruising
a more enjoyable and pleasurable experience for others on the canal system?
article we are going to look at a few points that will make boating better for
denominator in our top tips is to think about other people’s feelings first
because it’s not all about maximizing your personal convenience.
Here are our five top tips that we
think helps makes boating better for all involved:
1 Don't be a
happen purely by accident and can be easily avoided by just talking to the
other boaters close by. When approaching the locks it may seem that the passage
way is clear but other boater’s
maybe actually be moored up waiting their turn to go through the locks.
taking a few minutes to approach nearby boats and talking to the owners you
will be able to assess the situation.
If you are
new to boating don't worry about talking to complete strangers, the boating
community is a very friendly place and such conversations are very common and actually
welcomed amongst boaters.
If you see
someone walking towards the lock with a windlass this is a sure indication
their boat is just about to enter the lock and you should wait your turn.
prepared to share the locks
This is only
possible where there are double locks on the canal network but it can make a
huge difference to water conservation during busy times when the water levels
are low. When the system is at its busiest we want to save water and we can
achieve this by sharing the locks with other users on the system.
So even if
you approach the lock and no one is right behind you consider waiting a short
while to see if other boats you have passed will join you shortly.
considerate when cruising and mooring
moored boats you should slow the speed of your boat right down to around 2mph,
merely reducing speed by a token amount of revs is not really acceptable.
cruising behind another boat, just like when you are driving your car, don’t
sit right up close, give them some space. The water turbulence is affected by
the distance left in between the lead boat and the boat behind; it will affect
any boats passing in the opposite direction and will actually slow the lead
comes to overtaking it is up to the boat you are following to decide if it is
acceptable for you to pass, so wait for indication from the lead boat that
overtaking is safe to do.
When a boat
is coming towards you and you are both at cruising speed, slacken the revs off
a bit until you have passed each other. This lessens the likelihood of the
water being 'stolen' from one boat or the other - remember that a narrow boat
sucks water in behind it and alongside it. You shouldn't move too far into the
shallow sides as you are likely to go aground.
It is very
rude to pull out from a moored position in front of a cruising boat, let the
boat pass before you leave your mooring spot.What's the rush!?
your boat, it is your responsibility to moor properly. Unsecured boats will be
thrown around by passing boats, or even go adrift (this will not be the passing
boats fault). Secure your boat by using proper ropes set at approximately 45
degrees consider the ground conditions to make sure the mooring pins are
securely in the ground.
in unsuitable places, this includes; next to locks, moveable bridges, tunnels
and in winding holes, even if it’s for a short stop these locations should be
avoided for your own safety as well as others.
4 Be a good
will have its own set of marina rules, so it’s wise to check these before signing
an agreement with the marina. Rules are set for a reason and generally they are
there for the benefit and safety of everyone in the marina.
If you feel
you will not be able to follow the rules set out, then it might be best to look
for alternative moorings.
together in a marina requires you to be respectful of others, showing
consideration to others will go a long way.
By abiding by the rules set out everyone
will mosey along nicely. Being selfish and annoying isn’t going to make you
very popular with the marina management or your neighbours! It’s all about
getting on with each other and it’s better to be a good neighbour, people are
more likely to help you out if you play fairly.
5 Don't be a
set out by the Canal and River Trust are there to protect you and all users of
the canal system. So it's important to follow the guidelines set out to ensure
that everyone has a safe and enjoyable time on the water ways.
Please don't hesitate to call our office if we can be of any assistance.
Happy boat from the team at Venetian Marina.