Sunday, 27 April 2014

A wide on the narrow!

I am a little worried about this. Read on!

We struggled to find enough deep water for 62', but managed to nose up to the towpath and power round. The manoeuvre enabled us to face the right direction

Now I don’t know about you, but surely you only nose up to a towpath at a winding hole if there is a towpath on both sides of the canal? The particular winding hole is on the North Oxford Canal past Barby.

The NOC is a narrow canal. The people on the 62’ were looking for a mooring for a 72’ x 13’ 6” live aboard who was let down on a mooring on the GU. I am sorry for them but the NOC is a narrow canal. I know why they built a boat that big, but the NOC is not a suitable canal for any wide beam boat, much less a 72 footer.

There are places where the canal ‘seems’ wide enough to pass, but it is not the width on the top that is the issue and although the wide beam has only an 18” draught (at present), other boats that they will be passing are up to 3’ 6” draught and will have to move further over across canal into shallower water and risk getting grounded. Add to this some marinas are not wide enough at the entrance to get in so it might have to be an online mooring and I would ask if it is fair to cut the canal that narrow on a permanent basis.

This boat ‘if it should come to the NOC’ will certainly present other boaters with some different boating experiences.


MortimerBones said...

it is the 13' 6" that makes it unsuitable. 72 foot sounds about right for two people! :)

Brian and Diana on NB Harnser said...

There are several FAT boats in Barby Marina and the chap with the strange black boat got as far as the top of Hillmorton at 11' 6"beam. Ofren see fat boats up as far as Napton. But I agree its not the place for them.

Narrowboat QISMA said...

Have posted a photo on your Twitter showing boat moored near bridge 89. On CRT Facebook page, if they can't get into marinas Can these boats meet CC requirements?