Thursday 28 March 2013

Spring Cruise 2013 (1)

Accumulated Totals
Miles: 1316.1
Locks: 892
Swing / Lift Bridges: 167
Tunnels. 22
Pump Outs: 14
Engine Hours: 2499.6

Weather: Woke up to a thin sheet of ice on marina. However, it soon seemed to melt away. Overcast with a stiff breeze that made it feel much colder than it actually was.

Tinsley Marina: 08:30 start down the flight. There was plenty of water available and it was topping the gates.

Tinsley Flight. 10:30 last lock completed.

Jordans Weir: The approach to Jordan's weir was bad due to large mud banks forming. The CaRT signage says keep left and away from the weir which means that boats are being directed into shallow water. Two boats ended up stranded in the mud but were able to remove themselves. You have to go close to the weir to pass the obstruction. Some serious dredging is needed before a boat is pinned on the weir.

Jordans Lock: The approach to Jordan's lock is also quite shallow in places indicating that the mud is being moved along the channel towards the lock.

Holmes Lock: A couple of bricklayers were busy rebuilding some brickwork around the lock edges. The new lock gates needed some urgent attention with a paint brush. The new lock gates were so heavy that two strong adults were needed to open the gates.

Kilnhurst Flood Lock: Well known for persistent problems and once again it lived up to its reputation. We needed to put in a call for CaRT to send along a member of staff to operate the gates from the control tower.

Pastures: We all went out for a meal, and needed a table large enough to seat fifteen crew members from the various

Day Totals
Miles: 10.5
Locks: 19
Swing/Lift Bridges:0
Engine Hours: 10.7

Running Totals
Miles: 1326.6
Locks: 911
Swing / Lift Bridges: 167
Tunnels. 22
Pump Outs: 14
Engine Hours: 2510.3

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