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Can a wide beam boat travel on the waterways from the north of the country down to the south, or are there locks that you couldn't go through

Asked by: Dawn & Keith Bell  | 7.10pm, Tuesday 1 August


WW says:

No unfortunately, you cannot travel from north to south without going out to see (not recommended!). The narrow locks at Foxton and Watford on the GU Leics prohibit this.
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If you look at a map of the inland waterways, the beam (and draft/airdraft) are listed- however these are maximums- cruising a widebeam boat on, say, the eastern end of the Trent and Mersey canal (which is theoretically 14ft beam) would not be comfortable- and many wider waterways (particularly canals) are not widebeam-friendly for cruising.

Mark Langley  | 1.48PM, Wednesday 2 August

There is a considerably higher mileage of waterways useable by wide beam boats in the north than the south.

Rupert Smedley  | 7.28PM, Wednesday 2 August


Readers say:

I THINK THE ANSWER IS NOT ON THE CANALS BUT I AM NO EXPERT, GOOD LUCK

jean-marc bedos  | 9.49PM, Tuesday 1 August

Thank you to all that have answered my query.
We are looking to selling up and living on a narrow boat but we can't agree which one to buy, I would like a 10 to 12 ft wide one, hubby wants a traditional 7 ft one, will have to do more homework and see if its better to cruise south or north of the country!!

Dawn & Keith Bell  | 5.58PM, Wednesday 2 August

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