Although I was booked to go through the Crinan Canal on Monday I was able to enter on Sunday (the passage fee includes 4 nights berthing if spaces are available), this was good news as I would be able to get a shower and start the transit at 08:30 on Monday giving me more time to move south after passing through and hopefully to get ahead of any rush - although the canal is quite at the moment.
The trip up from Eilean Dubh was uneventful in very light winds, I was in no hurry and had the tide under me so I sailed until I was close to the entrance so the 6.3 miles took 3 hours.
|Passing Crinan Habour, the sea lock is just past the white
building on the left.
|Approaching Crinan Sea Lock
|These gates are now electrically operated but the manual levers
remain, I assume "just in case" and to act as counter balances.
Most are manually operated.
|There is quite a rise through the lock, there would be more than
this at low water springs.
|The boat on the left was in Peterhead when I was there but left
on the second day before the wind got really strong as they
were going through the Caledonian canal, much closer than
my next leg to Orkney.
|The Clyde Puffer VIC32 (right) in the basin. She is one of very
few Puffers still with a steam engine in working condition.
|The first lock after the sea lock, like the last few it is operated
by the staff, the majority you have to work yourself manually.
|I moved straight out of the basin and moored just above lock 14
ready to go in the morning.