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The surface area is deceiving: this lock on the Yonne has both sides sloping. The lock-keeper has taken a stern line, and the peniche will edge forward to rest the bow against the knuckle near the starboard side gate.


The best place for ourselves will be to go alongside. making fast to the port side lock knuckle and wall in the same kind of way.

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Today In 2007 we were stuck in the lock at St Job in t’ Goor Belgium until this diver came to remove an obstruction from the gate paddle, guess what a tyre.


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In 2012 we were still in the Ardennes and whilst waiting for the lock some friends in a Locaboat caught up. These old finger wiers are slowly being replaced.



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2 hours ago, Hudds Lad said:

Just intrigued to see if this works, not the sharpest as i had to use the offspring as a tripod so there's an element of wobble :D 




clicking the pic should let you spin round

How did you produce that? And is that the tripod at the bottom of the image?

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21 minutes ago, David Mack said:

How did you produce that? And is that the tripod at the bottom of the image?

It's a Ricoh Theta S 360 camera, getting a bit long in the tooth now but this means they can be picked up quite cheaply.


The tripod is wearing an Animal hoody, and the remote is the big lad holding a smartphone :D 


It basically has two fisheye lenses, one each side, which then snap 180degrees each and then it is stitched together on the fly by the camera.

You can take stills or shoot video, which is quite fun when viewed with those Google Cardboard type headsets you can put your phone in.

Or you can make "tiny planet" style images from it too.

Bit of a novelty really i suppose.




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On 14/05/2021 at 16:24, Athy said:

I guess the extra 18" or so of width would have made quite a difference to the payload.

I do like their alternative name "Sabots de Charleroi" - Charleroi clogs.

Another photo of one, the extra depth compared to a narrow boat would make sailing a bit safer. It was not until 1933 that the section of the canal into Brussels was finally widened to 300 tonne standard. Members of the boatman's family towed them where necessary.

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Oh Mi Gawd!


That lock.


We had 'issues' there, nearly had to spend the night in it.


Going downhill, lock emptied, got the gate about a third of the way up when the lifting mechanism went PING!

Too low to get the boat out but high enough to let any water run in out, so we couldn't refill and come back up again.


It took two CaRT men, two contractors, four vans and a passing cherry picker to sort things out.

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