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Old 31 May 2004, 14:56   #11
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Lock entrance to South Dock Marina, just East of Tower Bridge on the South Bank
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Old 31 May 2004, 15:00   #12
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Final picture...South Dock Marina, Snapper's home for the Summer.

I haven't seen too many Ribs on the Thames, but if anyone comes to visit, I'd be happy to help and come along as have learnt quite a bit about this amazing stretch of river, i.e. where to moor, eat etc.
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Old 31 May 2004, 15:01   #13
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d'you run into Suzuki Pete at all?

Great pics...

Whole 'nother view of London innit?

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Old 31 May 2004, 15:04   #14
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No, I haven't met any other Ribnet ribbers on the Thames.

I'd like too
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Hi Tim,

Looks like fun on the Thames in a rib. Only done it on a sailing yacht (nearly thumped Tower Bridge - have not been back since)

Gingercoastie is looking for a trip; see Non BIBOA Thames Cruise
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Old 31 May 2004, 15:22   #16
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I was very nervous about moving the Rib to the Thames after the Solent. The current can be very strong, however it's turned out to be a great place to keep a Rib. East of Wandsworth Bridge, i.e. all through Central London and out to the estuary there is no speed limit. I have talked to the Harbour Master and the River Police, and they are quite OK if you turn on the power, as a planing boat doesn't put out too much wash and as long as you drive responsibly while there are other boats around. On a clear stretch, just beyong the MI5 building, I touched 50mph. The only risk is debris in the water, so you don't want to do that too much.
For more tranquil cruising, where there's an 8 knot limit, Putney, Barnes, Chiswick Richmond etc make a very calm days boating.
For water skiing, I think you need to go down to Southend as unfortunately they don't allow it on the Thames
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Old 31 May 2004, 17:17   #17
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yes you have met other ribnet ribbers on the thames we waved to you to day and your kids waved back by canary wharf we were heading up river
in my valiant rib it gets very lumpy by south dock so we headed down to gravesend this is me by woolwich today
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Old 01 June 2004, 03:53   #18
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Yes, I remember seeing you...now I know your Rib, will come over next time.


I have never been East of South Dock (Surrey Quays) and would very much like to do so...Do you have any recomendations of places within reasonably easy reach where you can stop for lunch etc... I'd like to try the Medway, but is that too far? How about Southend, is it worth visiting? Are there any dangers to look out for?

What I would really like to do is take the Rib back to the Solent for the month of August...is it feasable to go by sea? I have a 250 litre fuel tank, but the motor can be thirsty.

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How about Southend? Are there any dangers to look out for?
Only Vauxhall Novas with large exhaust pipes driven by spotty Cockneys
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Old 01 June 2004, 04:57   #20
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Yes...good point, but was wondering more about offshore dangers!
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