As a follow on to my post of Foxton Locks this is a boat actually navigating its way down the ten locks and is nearly at bridge 61 at the bottom with the gates just opening.
The key distinguishing feature of a narrowboat is its width: it must be no more than 7 feet (2.13 m) wide to navigate the British narrow canals. Some old boats are very close to this limit (often built 7 feet 1 1⁄2 inches or 2.17 m or slightly wider), and can have trouble using locks that are not quite as wide as they should be because of subsidence. Modern boats are usually 6 feet 10 inches (2.08 m) wide to guarantee easy passage everywhere.
Because of their slenderness, some narrowboats seem very long. The maximum length is about 72 feet (22 m), the length of most locks on the narrow canals. However, modern narrowboats tend to be shorter than this, so that they can cruise anywhere on the connected network of British canals
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- Copyright: marion morgan (jester5) (1785)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-09-29
- Categories: Transportation
- Camera: Canon PowerShot SX40HS
- Exposure: f/4, 1/100 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2013-09-30 11:31