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  1. one of the things I like about locks, is that they keep me busy for a while, and really takes my mind off things. it's quite relaxing not to have to think about the day job and all that grind. I could be living int he 18th century, life is so simple whilst i'm in the lock. no emails buzzing.
  2. Okay that makes sense, point taken. Thanks for clarifying. Will do this in future.
  3. Well the title of the thread should clear things up Okay, emails aside, genuine question. Is it very bad practice to stay on the boat when going solo as the lock fills/empties, if one is alert? and if someone can clear up the 'boating vs ambition' issue in one sentence, that would be great too.
  4. Seriously, I sincerely apologise. I didn't realise it was such a risky thing to do. I thought maybe it happened every few years or something. I didn't know it was an actual thing.
  5. Im guessing you don't work in IT in 2014. Sorry, bit rude. Yeah everything is cloud based now. I don't have any local files at all. Even Excel is online now. Yeah sorry, I don't really know what I'm doing, and I think this is a wonderful resource and I've always had really useful replies to my questions. It's just that sometimes the tone can be very negative, pessimistic, risk adverse, unencouraging. To be honest, the lock thing was meant to be taken figuratively and I was annoyed that it was derailed so quick. As so often happens on here for some reason. The established members are very quick to refigure a thread. Which is fine, but in this case it seemed a little weird.
  6. Sorry but this is getting a bit crazy. Was I just incredibly lucky then that in an entire summer of cruising, i never came even slightly close to hooking or cilling?
  7. I have no real experience, and so yeah I might be crazy, but my gut feeling is my method would result in less incidents than jumping about in a rush with ropes or whatever the advised solo procedure is. I am in a better position to control the boat with the engine foward and backwards, than standing on the side with a rope. I am talking about narrow locks of course.
  8. I think you might be exaggerating the risks slightly. In one sense it's actually safer to go through the lock so slowly that it's possible to make a cup of tea or whatever.
  9. It wasn't meant to be taken literally. I just meant that it is an undemanding way to pass the time. I'm a newbie, however I did about 200 locks this summer. And never had a problem working a lock solo. If you take a lock slowly, there is only a small window of risk, that lasts a few seconds, at the start, then things are very often quite calm and the boat doesn't move much. Mostly. In the unlikely event of the boat moving a lot, I can just throttle up and recenter the boat in the lock. I can see this happen instantly out of the window! I don't count hitting the sides. Boats are made for that. At the end of summer, a little bit of black on the scrapes and noone is the wiser. Are you saying that going through a lock is a dangerous and risky thing to do! I can't imagine a safer activity than canal boating.
  10. I dunno, taking it slow it's pretty hard to mess up a lock. open one paddle, make sure the boat is in the middle. Chill! The chances of something bad happening in the 10 minutes it takes the lock to fill or empty are pretty slim no? I can see out the window if the boat moves a lot
  11. My therapist isn't answering his or her phone, so thought I'd throw this out here . Is canal boating the graveyard of ambition? I am in my mid-30s and run an internet business, have flexible working hours. I'm an introvert and enjoy solitude. So in some ways this job and boating suits me quite well. I can check up on email as the lock is filling up, and cruise in and out of reception areas without much hassle. But before I lived on the boat, I felt a pressure to, you know, get a real office job, socialise, do more productive things and act busy in big dirty cities. OR at least be more ambitious expanding the business and that kind of thing .Now on a boat I don't feel any pressure at all. However I'm starting to worry a little that boating suits me a little toooo much. It's super pleasurable sure. But I feel so lazy. I have very little doubt that I will spend my retirement on the cut. But first, isn't it selfish and antisocial to live such an isolated life?
  12. The thing that appeals to me is the idea of crawling along the Catalonia coast, anchoring every day at a new spot, and shooting in on a dingy for supplies. Mooring up for a weekend just every fortnight in an overpriced marina. Sounds appealing, no?
  13. Maybe, just maybe, I havn't thought this through. Perhaps renting a coastal cruiser and captain in the med is a sensible first step
  14. yeah mediterreanean baby. I just loved the feeling of the open water of the rough tidal thames. and fancy me a journey
  15. Does anybody know much about sea going boats? I'm looking to exchange my narrowboat for something that will get me to the East coast of Spain and back, but will also survive a lock. Also something as simple to drive as a canal boat would be handy as I have zero experience! Any suggestions on what kind of boat and training I should be looking at?
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