In my time I must have locked through 11-1200 locks, maybe more, I know how its done. Why oh why do EA lockies insist that you use fore and aft ropes. ‘Health & Safety’ they say but I know that is bollox. They omit the rest of the statement , ‘Health and safety at Work’. Then I can say, as I have practiced, “I am not at work”.
It is a point less exercise my laying two ropes on the lock side and then doing what I always do hold the boat on the centreline. Which EA big wig decided that laying two ropes on the ground is any safer than holding the boat on the centreline. Probably a plastic boat owner.
Plactic boats are shorter and lighter than a steel narrow boat and will move around on a roof mounted centreline, if of course the roof structure would hold one. I am sick and tired of being told to lay two ropes when I can’t reach either of them. The lockie at Boulters told me to tie another rope to the bowline why would I have another rope when the ones I have are perfectly adequate. I even suggested aft and centreline because I can hold both of them, but no it has to be fore and aft.