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Old 06-12-2015, 08:10   #1
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Question Ft. Myers to Stuart Crossing

I am planning a solo trip through the waterway locks soon on a 24' power boat. I read somewhere that a couple of the locks rise and fall up to 15'. Do they supply the lines you need or do you have to supply your own. I have all the normal dock lines and spring lines and fenders, but am wondering if I will need some longer lines. Thanx
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Re: Ft. Myers to Stuart Crossing

They supply lines but no fenders. The lock masters will tell you which side to tie up. Some of the lock masters are very helpful in securing a spot in the lock.
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Re: Ft. Myers to Stuart Crossing

Be sure to just hold the lines in your hands and do not the them to the boat. I did not so this but came close as it was my nature reaction like on the dock.

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Ugh...stupid smart phone. Do not attach the lines to the boat.

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Re: Ft. Myers to Stuart Crossing

Given the velocity that the water come into the lock I found it easier to do a half wrap around a cleat with the supplied ropes. Don't cleat off entirely though.
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Re: Ft. Myers to Stuart Crossing

Make sure you have gloves, the sides of the locks can be tough on the knuckles

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Re: Ft. Myers to Stuart Crossing

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Do not attach the lines to the boat.
Living in the Netherlands, locks are a part of the boating life, so we all learn this quickly.
Still see people tying off their boats tho, and then this happens:



No fun at all, and the damage can be pretty bad

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When it does happen, use a knife to cut the lines, never try to undo them by hand (I think the guy in the video tried that first; I hear people yelling "mes" which is Dutch for "knife") until the boat behind him handed him a knife.
Also be aware of how the boat will fall down, so you don't fall overboard like this poor guy. He was lucky he only got wet, and didn't hurt himself.
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