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vicandjay...
vicandjay...

Posted: Fri Jul 24, 2009 9:15pm

Post Subject: Navigating Locks

I'm pretty sure this will have been asked before but... we are new to narrow boating, and we are looking at buying a 62'4" narrowboat. Most of the canals in the north west have a 72' max size, but a couple have a max size of 62'. Would we be able to use these canals as we are only 4" over? Thanks in advance, Vicky and Jason.

Tony-B...
Tony-B...

Posted: Sat Jul 25, 2009 8:50am

Post Subject: Navigating Locks

Dear Vicky & Jason, Martin Ludgate is your man for absolute details on this but as its Saturday he may not be in the office until Monday so I will give my view. My understanding that there is one navigation that has a BW limit of 57' 6"(I think its the Huddersfield Broad) and, as you say the Leeds & Liverpool has a BW limit of 60ft. Now, I can not encourage you to ignore the BW limits, they are there for a good reason and if you do ignore them there is a greater chance that your boat will get hung up or held down in a lock. Having issued the warning I know that narrow boats longer than the official size have navigated these waterways. Both those I mention are broad beam one so a longer narrow boat can be fitted into the lock diagonally, although in one case I understand longer boast have to be reversed into the lock to avoid the cill. I suspect you will have little trouble on the Leeds & Liverpool but am not so sure about the Huddersfield.

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