Although still relatively early in the weed season, the section of the canal by our boats is already getting choked with the stuff. On Sunday evening we made the mistake of heading down the arm (or is it up?) to turn the boat at the winding hole less than a mile away and the trip took us two hours and a few trips into the weedhatch. And we got off lightly. Some others failed to get through and had to haul their boats back to their berth.
People are writing to BW to get something done, which they should as BW has a statutory duty to maintain the navigability of the canal However I suspect that their isn't really much they can do as the weed grows back very quickly if cut.
The real solution is to eliminate whatever it is that feeds the weed, for it only grows this thickly alongside the boats and it's probably something to do with the washing up and bath water that the boats discharge into the canal. I read somewhere that a lot of detergents contain phosphates which is good plant food. We need to find products that don't do this, probably quite possible, and then persuade everyone to use them, probably much harder!
In the meantime our future trips out will start with us reversing up to the slipway 50 yards away and turning there - a difficult manoeuvre with all the boats littered around but far preferable to what we did on Sunday.
Today we head off by road to Cambridge and Huntingdon for two days, ostensibly to visit our sons, but I confess that the Cambridge beer festival might have something to do with the choice of date :-)