Thanks! From the brochure that we got when we entered the canal.
BASIC EQUIPMENT YOU WILL NEED
1. Three or four good quality ropes of suffificient length (15 metres) to reach the bottom of the lock chamber
2. Adequate fenders to protect your topsides – 3 or 4 per side should suffice.
3. In addition, a good tip is to lace a canvas sheet between the hull and fenders to avoid scuff marks.
4. If you have a fender plank, use it. 5. Life jackets should be available for,
and preferably worn by all crew. Children and non-swimmers should wear them at all times.
6. Ensure that there is suffificient fuel on board, and that engine controls are working correctly. Refuelling is not permitted in lock chambers.
Those on board will need to control the craft during the locking process. This is not diffificult if a few rules are observed: 1. Approach the lock slowly and
steadily, if the lock is not ready berth at a transit jetty while the gates
are opened. Please do not ‘hover’ outside the lock. Call the Lock Keeper on VHF Ch74 and follow their instructions.
2. On single locks have a crew member positioned at bow and stern to manage ropes. On lock flflights crew from small vessels should manage ropes on shore as directed by Lock Keepers.
3. Ensure ropes are clear from obstruction and can run cleanly through fairleads or stemhead roller.