Ask the lock keeper for help - we're happy to explain!
Put out plenty of fenders.
Have one person go ashore to catch the lines.
Switch off the motor during lockage.
Locking up usually takes about 10 minutes per chamber. If the lock is not open when you arrive, wait at a nearby pier. We will generally tell you when you can enter the lock and where you should position your boat.
As lockage generates strong currents and eddies, particularly in the front section of the lock, we prefer to put sailing boats and larger boats here. To make lockage easier for smaller boats, we may have to shuffle the queue in order to get the right combination of boats.