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Old 10 September 2003, 10:28   #1
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Thames camping cruise

Having spent the summer in the US I came back in serious need of ribbing.
So went off for a 4 day trip from Eel Pie Island to Letchlade on the Thames.
This is the camp site on the final night a few miles upstream from Oxford.
Shame about the 5mph speed limit
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Old 10 September 2003, 10:44   #2
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Very Eccentric !!!

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Old 10 September 2003, 11:39   #3
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Where do you put the tent pegs?
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I really like that idea, great pic

Looking at that, with a couple of windows in that tent at the front and down the sides, you could have quite a good sheltered rib for bad weather - wonder whether it would stay in place at speed though.... what holds it in place?

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I gave up on the tent pegs they made the tubes soft.
So instead I strung a couple of luggage bungies under the boat and hooked them on to the tent loops.

Was wondering about a "mobile" version but as one tent pole gos to the wheel and the other the engine steering could be a problem.

Next project is to make a seating system that converts to a bed.
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You guys are nuts.

Need any company then let me know. I live in Hampshire and have a small RIB. I would like some company so drop me a line and I will come out with you,


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Life is so much more fun when you are mad. After all any one getting onto a board kept afloat with an air filled rubber bag, then heading out to sea has got to be mad!

we we are just about to pack up for the winter. but have a couple of Ideas for the spring including a trip from pool round the south coast to .....? howfar you can go on a day trip.
We may even go round the IOW but as we did that this year we may give that a miss.

I will post here and let you know when we next do a significant trip.

We are out tomorow doing sea (river) trials of a 15 Hp 4 stroke on my rib to se if it will plain. But thats just a few hours of tinkering.
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I reckon from Sennen Cove or Mousehole to the Scillies might be interesting!
The Pentland Firth already having been done!
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Brian put me down for that one (if I ever get the boat fixed).
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Camping Cruise on the Thames

I`m glad I'm not the only one who went up the thames this summer in a RIB.

All the lock keepers and the narrow boat owners thought we were mad taking a 6.5 Delta and a 5.85 Ribcraft up to Marlow!

We were very restrained and only broke the speed limit on one occassion when a gin palace drove at us cause the driver was determined to get past us at 20knotts!

Despite this it was a very good trip, fininshed off with a blast down to central London. (No speed limit!)

If any body is interested in following our footsteps I have an itinery and list of campsites.

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