Monday, 29 December 2008


I noted as we went up the Napton flight that three bollards had been installed on the offside of each lock. But these weren't the square, wooden bollards which have caused so much controversy; they were small metal ones, painted black and white, and looking much more like the sort of thing you'd expect to see. The Claydon flight had them too. We still didn't use them, of course, and I can't think of many occasions when you'd need a bollard when using a narrow lock. But at least they look better.

1 comment:

Simon said...

I've been greatly amused by all this talk of bollards this year - as a largely singled handed boater with a tiny boat (30') they're damn useful, even in narrow locks. Going up, the boat is often too short to leave the boat in gear at the gate and climb up the ladder, so I climb out where I can (or bowhaul in, if possble), and tie up to a bollard. In fact I always tie to a bollard - or something - to avoid the boat drifting too far & pulling the rope down with it. It takes a lot to part a single hander from their centre rope... ;-)

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