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South Gulf Cove Boat Lock
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South Gulf Cove Boat Lock Operating Instructions
*For emergencies please call 941.474.1889

Inside Lock Control Instructions

  1. Hold boat by lines provided or loop your lines around cleats. DO NOT TIE YOUR BOAT TO LOCK WALL!
  3. Pull chain until lock door closes. Continue holding chain until the opposite lock door cracks. Release chain.
  5. When water is level with levels outside the lock, pull and hold chain down until the lock door is fully open & voice prompt is heard.
  7. Leave lock and tie boat to end of dock.
  9. Hold chain down until lock door is fully closed.

Dock Lock Control Instructions

  1. Visually check lock and opposite side entrance to insure no boats are staged.
  3. Tie boat to end of dock.
  5. Pull & hold chain until lock cracks….release chain.
    Note: there are buttons on the box that will accomplish the same lock movements. 
  7. Hold chain down until lock door opens fully, voice prompt is heard and/or green light is lit.
  9. Enter lock.

Manual Control Instructions

  1. Observe all safety rules. In case of an emergency release the hold TO OPERATE BUTTON.
  3. Gates are interlocked. One set will not open if the other set is not fully closed. Verify both gates are fully closed.
  5. To operate locks turn GATE SELECT SWITCH to bay or canal.
  7. Confirm gate to be in motion is not obstructed by boat or people.
  9. Press & hold TO OPERATE BUTTON along with either BAY GATE CRACK or CANAL GATE CRACK BUTTON. Both OPERATE and CRACK BUTTONS must be held in at the same time. NOTE: there is a 10 second delay until gate will crack.
  11. The gate will crack and not move again until water levels equalize in about 20 seconds. Release TO OPERATE BUTTON while leveling is occurring. Gates will open slightly to allow equalization of water level.
  13. Press & hold TO OPERATE BUTTON along with either BAY GATE OPEN or CANAL GATE OPEN BUTTON. HOLD BOTH BUTTONS until gate is completely open and voice prompt is heard.
  15. Follow the same button instructions to close gate by pressing TO OPERATE BUTTON & proper GATE CLOSE BUTTON. HOLD BOTH BUTTONS until gate is completely closed.
  17. Turn GATE SELECT SWITCH to off position. This will reset all controls.
  19. If lock is not working, please see instructions on front panel to notify proper maintenance department.
*For emergencies please call 941.474.1889
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