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Re: Navigating locks

Look closely at the lock before you enter, choose the side that offers the best protection for your hull. Have long lines available so that they can be looped over the locks cleats. That way you can clear yourself once the gates open.
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Re: Navigating locks

Having recently gone through the NY locks to the great lakes, we were told (and followed this advice) to NOT cleat lines and to HOLD them by hand.
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Re: Navigating locks

Being moored on the Thames near to Marlow there are 13 locks to navigate before the tidal waters of London . I find that putting a single loop round the locks stays and holding the rope in the hand is the safest method when going up or down. As the boat rises you can slowly play the rope in and take up the slack. When lowering you simply hold a small tension whilst playing the rope out. This way you can quite easily untie with a flick of the rope to cast off.
the lock keeper will normally indicate which side he wants you to moor up to.
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Whats the most important to remember from this?
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Re: Navigating locks

Any experience and advise dealing with the Panama Canal would be greatly appreciated. We are under 50'. Understood at that a true LOA ( measured including sprit and davits) under 50' we are allowed to not have to hire professional line handlers. Is that still true?
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