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TOPIC: Travelling up the Kennet and Avon in a widebeam boat

Travelling up the Kennet and Avon in a widebeam boat 18 Jun 2019 16:15 #106687

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Hiya, I haven't done it yet, it's a customer of ours, we'll give feedback once they've tried it!

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Travelling up the Kennet and Avon in a widebeam boat 18 Jun 2019 16:14 #106686

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Thank you, that's helpful!

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Travelling up the Kennet and Avon in a widebeam boat 18 Jun 2019 13:43 #106684

In 2011 we travelled the length of the K&A in an 11ft widebeam (airdraft 1.9m) without any problems. I have heard that what was quite hard work then may have got more testing but short of dimensions being changed due to repairs etc I would have thought it should still be fine for boats under 13 ft width if not rather slow!

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Travelling up the Kennet and Avon in a widebeam boat 13 Jun 2019 10:21 #106463

Michelle, out of interest have you travelled the K&A yet? If so how was it? I’ve seen comments from 10’ Wide owners stating they wouldn’t want anything wider - hence my curiosity. Thanks

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Travelling up the Kennet and Avon in a widebeam boat 14 May 2019 11:10 #105769

Michelle Greenwood wrote: John do you know your airdraft?

Not my boat so can't help there. Suggest you make enquiries of the owner (wiltshirewonderer) or generally on the canalworld forum.
Your airdraft does not appear excessive but could be an issue on arched bridges due to the width. (Just look at the half bridge at the tail of the lock)
www.canalworld.net/forums/index.php?/topic/101092-what-how/page/8/
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Travelling up the Kennet and Avon in a widebeam boat 14 May 2019 10:06 #105768

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Hello, thanks very much for replies, it's good to hear it straight from the horse's mouth! John do you know your airdraft?

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Travelling up the Kennet and Avon in a widebeam boat 12 May 2019 10:08 #105691

CRT have reduced the width to 13'5" (4m) so you will be fine on the width can't answer re the height.
This is from the owner of the stuck boat (lifted from cwdf)





"Posted Wednesday at 10:22 (edited)

Thanks for all the comments....



I'm the owner of the boat in question. To clear up a few points:

- The boat in question is exactly 13'6 beam

- She has been through the lock in question (In both directions) several times throughout the years without incident.

- The lock chamber itself is 13'10-13'11

- The engineers on site said that if we were 13'6 we should get through (We are)

- We got stuck on the newly built brickwork on the lower exit which now measures a maximum of 13'5

- Whilst the published dimensions are NOW 13'1, this is a recent change (That we weren't aware of - nobody told us that they had narrowed the canal). It used to be 13'6. Basically, they changed the rules of the game mid-play. "
The following user(s) said Thank You: Tim Hackett

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Travelling up the Kennet and Avon in a widebeam boat 10 May 2019 21:30 #105655

Apparently the boat was OK in the lock but the wing walls are narrower than the lock. at a guess the boat could have been 13` 6" as the photo I saw seemed to show a bit of a gap between the boat and the lock wall but and the wing walls area bit less but it is not a particularly easy canal, I've done it with no trouble so far as width is concerned (we are 11' 4") but parts of it are tricky

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Travelling up the Kennet and Avon in a widebeam boat 10 May 2019 20:06 #105649

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Thanks for reply, do you know how wide he is?

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Travelling up the Kennet and Avon in a widebeam boat 10 May 2019 19:04 #105647

I can’t help with the dimensions as only been through on a narrow boat. However a wide beam boat has been stuck in lock 16 very recently even though he has been through before. CRT have been working on the lock during the winter. CRT now say max width 4 meters.

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Travelling up the Kennet and Avon in a widebeam boat 10 May 2019 10:58 #105644

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Hello there
We are trying to find out whether there are any issues with low or narrow bridges along here. This is for a 12' widebeam with airdraft of 1.9m/ 6'2"(the topsides are approx 11' wide at this height.) Are there any significant changes in water levels that we should be aware of? Any thoughts or advice much appreciated. Thank you

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