Edit Blog Post
Published: September 29th 2017
This morning we cruised through Marseillette and stopped at the Fonfile lock, which is a triple lock. The lock keeper stopped us all there as there was not time to get a group through all 3 of the locks before his lunch break! It takes about 25 minutes to get through the lock in each direction. Consequently, by 2pm when he resumed the opening, there was a queue of about 7 boats waiting.
The locks in France are oval shaped and can fit 4 small canal boats or less if any are bigger sizes. 2 big iron gates have sliding panels that the lock keeper can raise to let water through when the gates are shut. The inside edges of the gates are big planks of wood, which as they are wet, expand to seal together when shut. Added to this, the water pressure pushing against the lock gates seals the gates even tighter.
As you are in the lock with other boats, and all are “released” at the same time, you tend to travel in a convoy onwards to the next lock, unless you stop for a reason. Consequently, you get to chat to the people on the
other boats quite a bit and then help each other out with lassoing the bollards to hold onto while the water is going up or down.
Given our delay at Fonfile, we cruised through the town of Puicheric rather than stopping and onto La Redorte, where we stopped to fill our water tank. You have to buy tokens from a Boulangerie in the village to access the water pump, so I stayed with the boat whilst Ann, Joe & Benny went to get the tokens and buy some more food.
After filling the water tank, we motored along the canal for about 15 minutes until we found a quiet section of canal to moor at for the night.
Tot: 2.86s; Tpl: 0.126s; cc: 10; qc: 30; dbt: 0.0495s; 2; m:saturn w:www (126.96.36.199); sld: 2;
; mem: 1.3mb