Talk about every man for himself though ... oddly, we were given no instructions on leaving the lock at Naburn (6.30am yesterday morning)... 3 narrowboats and one GRP. I'd done my research before hand speaking to "proper" boaters and salty sea dogs with years of experience in the area.
I'd even read back through Tom's & Jan's blog about when they did it - an experience which in the end pretty much echoed ours.
The plan was, we'd leave Naburn and punch the incoming tide for an hour ish... then tottle downstream in slack water and then arrive in Selby with a "bit of a push" from the now ebbing tide - BIT OF A PUSH? - we were varying between 8 and 9 mph in tick over to maintain steering towards the end of the trip.
HOWEVER, before I can explain what the procedure was there, we had to contend with a convoy of 4 boats making their way down stream VERY Slowly, trying to fight against the still incoming tide, WHILST avoiding a whole forest of trees that were determined to make life difficult. Things went a bit wrong for the boat at the front (poor Eddie & Wendy) as they initially didn't manage enough speed to create the bow-wave required to push the detritus ahead as they went ... which resulted in multiple trees, bed frames and branches gathering on their bow - the outcome of that being them doing 1900rpm and only managing 1-2mph ... whilst we were stacking up behind, slipping in and out of tick over so as not to crash into them. We had our handheld radios set to the same channel so we could communicate with them.
TRYING to dodge the "big stuff" really was a challenge.