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Re: Tips for single handing through Ballard locks?
As mentioned, get a 2nd person the first time or two. ONce you know what goes on.....then single handing as I did last friday and sunday eve for the first and 2nd times were not that hard. I was in the small locks, so not too bad.
THey do recomend that you secure the aft end first, which I did, I also had a 50' line tied to eas front cleat lead back to me, so I could use it sooner than later if need be to hook up to a bollard. Coming back being as you are at the same level as the lock folks, they will reach over with boat hooks and help you. Going to the lake is a bit trickier except when leaving, since you will be lower than them. Hopefully you do not get one of the lock masters that likes to boat hook the upper rigging, this seems to make things harder, altho they think it makes it easier!
Then was Alex coming into the north end of shilshoal about 530 or so sunday evening? I saw a P28 tan in color coming in as I was going north. name began with an e then a V?!?!?!?!
She drives me boat,
I drives me dinghy!