There is a lot the boat hire companies need to improve on.
They obviously don't give much detail on boating etiquette. Sure there are the speeders when moored up, some come by with a big smile on their face accompanied by an impressive bow wave. But on this canal it's the passing speed and distance that is the issue. Very few hirers slow down when passing and they are maintaining their bow wave speed (no doubt driven by the need to be somewhere after massively miscalculating distance based on the mythical 4mph)
The passing speed is one thing but the lack of appreciation of the varying depths of the canal along with the passing speed pushed us onto the silty (no water cause the passing boats sucked it out from under us) edge. Happened four times today, once getting us totally stuck relying on the pole to get us off, other times we reversed off.
We resorted to holding a much of the centre channel as possible and that worked in the main but got a few glares from the (no fault of their own) uneducated boaters.
I sound like a right private boating snob but these are the realties of a vey busy canal with lot of inexperienced crew.
C&RT need to be more active on this canal with of side vegetation maintenance as well as dredging. Some stretches are one boat only .... another seemingly missed briefing to hire boaters - the tow path boat gives way to the non tow path boater.... again we were forced to hold or reverse as happy holiday boaters came around moored boats with no appreciation of where our boat was going to go .... I am of the opinion many bring road manners to the canals.....
Anyhow rant over....
Today we had a leisurely start and took a walk into Ellesmere ( not much compared to Whitchurch) for supplies then set off at 1.40pm and mored up just after Whitchurch in the same mooring outward bound at about 7pm.
Tomorrow we will be up earlyish to try and get to the Grindley Brook staircase locks before too much of a queue forms. We can't afford the hour per lock queues we had up the canal to reappear for the remaining locks on this canal.
Our target is somewhere near Swanley, a good days boating if we get that far that'll give us and easier day Friday ( and maybe a mooring in Nantwich), a long Saturday doing the Audlem flight and Adderley locks and back to the mooring late Sunday if all goes well.