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Old 14-11-2017, 02:54 PM
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Canals are narrow and shallow, why on earth would you want to use a tube or boat? Walk along the bank.
You have seen the canal that the OP is referring to?

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It was built/dug to carry coal from the coalfields to the docks, usually in butties,( large unpowered barges , a lot of them, all in a line and towed by a tug) for loading onto ships to supply London and the grand fleet that was to be based in Jersey(bad idea that never came about, thank the lord), at St.Catherines breakwater. It's width and depth reflect the fact that the butties usually had a mind of their own and snaked all over the place.
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It was built/dug to carry coal from the coalfields to the docks, usually in butties,( large unpowered barges , a lot of them, all in a line and towed by a tug) for loading onto ships to supply London and the grand fleet that was to be based in Jersey(bad idea that never came about, thank the lord), at St.Catherines breakwater. It's width and depth reflect the fact that the butties usually had a mind of their own and snaked all over the place.
...which is why I enquired about its current boat traffic
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...which is why I enquired about its current boat traffic
Pleasure craft mainly now, I think, last butties were in the 70's, as far I know, but there was talk of some commercial traffic coming back.
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Bonefishblues,

....I can use Google.
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I hope you were fully insured for 3rd party risks and with the appropriate licence Richard !
Interestingly, when I spoke to the EA about it prior to us going on the Thames, they said that as far as they were concerned a float tube was classed as a buoyancy aid and therefore not a danger to other craft and didn't require anything other than a fishing licence. Whether that's changed since I don't know.

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Canals are narrow and shallow, why on earth would you want to use a tube or boat? Walk along the bank.
Perhaps because he, like me and a lot of others prefer fishing while afloat. It avoids the dog shit and other pedestrians for a start.....you of course are entitled to fish any way you like as well.
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Bonefishblues,

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Jolly good, sorry the irony of your post was lost on me
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Wow did not expect going a float on the canal could be such a heated topic.


I Was planning on putting on fins once in the boat in the shallows. I will take your advice and go to a dive shop to pick some up. The 4 foot drop to the water is at the limit for me but I feel I coul have the boat on the shore, I sit down bum on floor feet in the water and drop the 6 inch ish to the canal bed. I will also check how firm the canal bet is there as I don't want to flinders out there is 4 foot of silt just after I have dropped in.
I guess I could use a kayak but they don't look quite as much fun as a belly boat.

Thanks for the advice I have lots to ponder
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Wow did not expect going a float on the canal could be such a heated topic.


I Was planning on putting on fins once in the boat in the shallows. I will take your advice and go to a dive shop to pick some up. The 4 foot drop to the water is at the limit for me but I feel I coul have the boat on the shore, I sit down bum on floor feet in the water and drop the 6 inch ish to the canal bed. I will also check how firm the canal bet is there as I don't want to flinders out there is 4 foot of silt just after I have dropped in.
I guess I could use a kayak but they don't look quite as much fun as a belly boat.

Thanks for the advice I have lots to ponder
If you fancy trying a tube somewhere first, drop me a PM. I'm probably not that far away from you.
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If you fancy trying a tube somewhere first, drop me a PM. I'm probably not that far away from you.
OP, take up this offer
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