|Our previous boat Chalice looking very well cared for.|
|Setting off in to "Three Locks" (Chalice in background)|
We actually reckon we are starting to work quite efficiently much of the time. we are making good progress along all but the shallowest pounds, provided there are not large numbers of moored boats. The three of us are also fairly slick at the broad locks, and in flights tying both boats together frees up 2 people, so one can set ahead, as the other largely works the boats through the current lock.
|"Three Locks" - Waiting for down hill boat.|
However we are now seriously thinking that the slow progress is only in part down to us. We are now maybe only travelling this stretch a couple of times each year, but, although it is hard to be exact, there seems to be an increased number of moored boats each successive time that we do so. We are now repeatedly travelling larger and larger distances on tick-over, often only able to briefly raise our speed for a minute or two after we have passed one cluster of boats before we reach the next.
|Ready to pass the many hire boats tied up at Linslade.|
Fenny Stratford to Slapton
Miles per boat: 12.1, Miles both boat: 24.2, Locks: 9
Total Trip Miles: 78.9, Locks: 17