Bad news for an unlucky boat owner.

Reasons for this sinking have been debated at some length on this Facebook thread by experienced boating enthusiasts.

sunk canal boat (1)

Pat Viner on facebook said: “Unfortunately this photo shows only too well one of the reasons that the modern habit of tying the boats up on very short ropes at 90 degrees to the boat is such a bad idea.

“If the boat cant move as the water rises it has no option but to tip over therefore likely to take in water and sink, The older style of mooring i.e. front rope going forwards and the rear rope going aft allows the boat some movement.”

But Tom McManus said:”I suspect, from looking at this photo, that this boat has been left for a while during the recent rainy weather and that the rain water has filled the bilge under the exposed rear deck.

” I also suspect that it has no automatic bilge pump, or that the battery is flat. The same thing happened to a boat on a mooring near us.”

autumn bargesHappier days on the canal …

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