What a nice and helpful man is "Horus "
See , I told you Marco , there are lot's of friendly fellow travellers.
Take no notice of the " safety
freeks "If you do you will never get anything done.
I don't know about the Dutch canals but in the French ones we used to use car tyres for fenders as the locks were too rough for normal fenders.
I don't know about the post that says the mast keeps scraping against the lock,perhaps they should try mounting it fore and aft instead.
Yes, it's much better to have two of you for those " panicky " moments when you didn't do it quite right.Always remember , keep calm and don't shout at the crew.
Try to keep as far away as possible from the big barges and their prop wash.
It can be quite unnerving to be in a small boat
a few feet away from a rather large propeller
that is out of the water
to a large extent.
If you need any help post me