|A daunting sight – especially with a hangover|
|The ex-Nobbys whose new vessel is even smaller|
The Hatton flight is not lightly tackled: its big, heavy locks start off at modest intervals then close up into a steep, sheer climb just as you're feeling the strain. And then, when you think you've reached the top at the waterways yard and the pub, oh no – there are four more hidden just beyond the bridge.
|While the skippers of Yelvertoft and Harry chat|
|Their lockwheelers step out along the path to the next test|
The flight was relatively busy so we had our share of easy out-and-in lock changes but as the locks get closer to each other so the lockies have to speed their work, getting one lock closed and the next prepared.
When you get into a rhythm, it's easy and everything works smoothly but it's surprising how inexperienced crews (that's a polite way of saying 'hireboaters') never seem to grasp that and all leap back on board for a trip of 100 yards rather than sending a couple forward to work the next lock. Ah well, maybe by the end of the flight they will have twigged.
|You can't make mistakes in front of the Sunday spectators|
|Our enthusiastic young lockwheeler takes up the challenge|
|Another daunting wooden boat project above the locks|