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thomo
Barlick Born Old Salt


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Posted -  09/01/2008  :  12:36
This now supercedes the earlier topic and is specifically aimed at all who are involved, Plus I do not like making spelling mistakes. First of all the current weather forcast for Skipton is: Saturday; showers, high 5, low 2. Sunday; showers, high 7, low 3. Not brilliant, but not like last night when for the first time ever I saw snow being driven horizontaly and illuminated by violent lighting!. With the lack of traffic on the cut at this time we may not have to empty locks before entering. A few tech, bits next. Summit - the highest section of a canal, ours is the highest of all twixt Greenberfield and Barrowford. Top of flight, section above flight, bottom of flight, that section below. This of course becomes in turn the top if you are going down. The section between locks in a flight are called pounds.. Locks have a head; top, and a tail; bottom. Each lock has six "paddles" two of these are ground paddles and are situated at either side in the canal banking above the head gates. These allow water into the lock at low level and are always opened first, some are opened with a lever and the rest with a rack and pinion, operated with a windlass NOT TO BE DROPPED INTO THE CUT, Two more paddles are one in each of the head gates and should not be opened until the water has risen above them, windlass operated, the remaing two are in each of the tail gates. These two need not concern us on this trip When using a windlass, after raising the paddle, engage the "Pawl" on the gear before doing anything else. Never let the weight of the paddle take charge. Safety is paramount, know what you are doing first. Sadly a dropped windless was the cause of multiple deaths at Gargrave a few years ago. Swing bridges, there are quite few between Silsden and Gargrave, some are often open. To open these, first cross the bridge and using a "necklace key" remove the chain device which secures the bridge beam. push the beam to bring the bridge parallel to the cut reducing the effort before helps to prevent the bridge from bouncing back into the path  of the oncoming boat, hold the beam until the boat is clear, this caution also aplies to lock gate beams. Returning the bridge is the reversal of this operation. Someone on a bike can be very useful when attempting a "fast passage" but if there are other people about, take your bike over the bridge with you, its not funny when your iron is off down the towpath in the hands of a stranger. Someone on a bike can go ahead and ready the bridge or lock two is even better. I hope that this is of some help to whoever comes along and is unsure of events. But to all who come, Welcome and thank you. Keep safe and as warm and dry as is possible.


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moh
Silver Surfer


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Posted - 01/11/2008 : 15:35
If I could think of anything interesting I would start a topic!!


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thomo
Barlick Born Old Salt


2021 Posts
Posted - 23/01/2009 : 14:11
Well, it is just about a year on so Happy Anniversary, Elaine and Heather, I also miis your imput. Still, Happy New Year and good luck to you and the boat. Thomo.


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moh
Silver Surfer


6860 Posts
Posted - 23/01/2009 : 14:16
Hear, hear - I miss you too - will be down when the weather improves.


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HerbSG
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1185 Posts
Posted - 23/01/2009 : 15:20
A year goes by so quickly, must be time for another malt!


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frankwilk
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Posted - 23/01/2009 : 20:27
I need the link to Heather's songs when my computer went down lost all my favorites.  Happy New Year from me to



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tripps
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Posted - 23/01/2009 : 22:25
Try this Frank.......




http://web.mac.com/heathersheldrick/iWeb/Cally%27s%20website/Songs_J%26MJ.html



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