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A warning to owners of deep draughted boats intending to travel on the Southern Oxford Canal. My boat draws 2ft 6 ins and I got stuck in two locks this week, Grant's and Nell Bridge. Heading South my boat caught on the bottom sills of both locks and had to be flushed out. Not too much of a problem for me, but for boats heading North it won't be so easy.

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We did it in mid May north from Oxford to Braunston without any trouble at all and we draw 40 inches. We did get a bit of scraping at Fenny Compton tunnel though

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Interesting observation. We're currently heading north on the south oxford and moored last night at Kirtlington Quarry. And between mooring up at about 16.30 by about 19.00 we were listing slightly on a small ledge, nothing major but noticeable and tonight the same happened moored not far above Nells bridge lock on towpath side not the Pigs Place. Moored up about 17.30 then by about 20.30 I noticed we were listing slightly.

I slackened the mooring lines just in case but no further apparent drop since.

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