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Old 01-11-2019, 06:35   #1
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going thru locks

I am single handing a Pearson 424 up the Caloosahatchee river from Cape Coral FLl to Glades marina (just west of Labelle for a haul out. I need to go thru two locks one goes down 8 ft and the other goes down 2 ft. im 66 yers old and don't move as fast as I once did. Can I do these locks without a crew, I know they have ropes hanging down to hold on to. but going down is different than going up. Are there any problems I might run into ?

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Old 01-11-2019, 06:42   #2
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Re: going thru locks

As of my experience on the ICW going thru locks is, they donŽt like to be delayed and hazzled by sailors, who do not have the agility to handle their boat. Iwould try to get 2 hands to go thru the locks in order to avoid problems with the lockmaster (he can inform future locks and youŽll be delayed)...

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Old 01-11-2019, 12:59   #3
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Re: going thru locks

Take lots of fenders. Don’t forget boathooks and lines. Issues in locks can depend on a lot of factors: prop wash from other boats (ships) can push you around, the fill/drain rate and location of the pipes for both can create turbulence that throws other boats into you, and where the cleats or “hold-ons” are can make your situation tricky. Two locks aren’t a lot, but two more crew might not be too many. Make it into a party instead of a worry.
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Old 02-11-2019, 03:36   #4
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Re: going thru locks

I've gone through these exact locks before.

Pick a day without any wind and you won't need to worry.

Some fenders out on both sides and hold the lines in the locks amidships. Give the bow a nice push off when it's time to motor out of the lock.

Not easy single handed but possible. Get a little help if you can.

Biggest issue is wind so go when it's dead calm.
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