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Old 28 November 2013, 04:43   #1
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Gallions Point Marina - Thames

Im planning on taking my boat up the Thames soon and wondered if anyone knows Gallions Point Marina.

Gallions Point Marina - boat mooring on the River Thames in London.

Any experience of the slipway ?

I dont want to drive all the way there and find its a difficult launch - as it will be my second only lauch so far, so Im hoping it will be nice and easy.

Particulary as my RIB is about 9m long and needs to float off the trailer.

I will of course give them a call, but just wondered if there was some first hand experience on the forum.

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[QUOTE=Trimix;585247]Im planning on taking my boat up the Thames soon and wondered if anyone knows Gallions Point Marina.

Gallions Point Marina - boat mooring on the River Thames in London.


Great place to RIB the Thames but be aware that there many rules in place now, not least that the speed limits have drastically changed. In the old days there was no speed limit all the way to Wandsworth Bridge (still 8 kts above this point.There used to be only wash limits and daily infos for wash down etc) Now the speed limit is 12 kts all the way down river to Margretness. You probably know all about the regs but here is a useful link for you.

Good pub is Prospect of Whitby at half tide and above (be careful of nasty nails when parking - seen a few tubes damaged!)

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Speed limit Oh, thats a bummer !

I thougth I saw some youtube clips of RIB rides up/down the Thames and they looked like they were on the plane ??

I will check the regs you linked to. Cheers.
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Speed limit Oh, thats a bummer !

I thougth I saw some youtube clips of RIB rides up/down the Thames and they looked like they were on the plane ??

I will check the regs you linked to. Cheers.
This is a very good doc to print off or put on an iPad.
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This is a very good doc to print off or put on an iPad.
Here!!!
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Cheers, thats a great printout.
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We used the slipway there last year! Seemed easy enough, we were moored there so I don't recall an additional charge, not sure what they would charge if you weren't moored there.

Its worth pointing out that Gallions Reach is right on the edge of the speed limit zone, so if you come out and turn left you don't have to go too far before you can speed...the downside is that there is virtually nothing to see!
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Ok, thats good, I can cruise about sight seeing, then finish with a speed blast and blow away any cobwebs.

I may moore there overnight, then explore the following day. As then it gives me a longer more relaxed day of messing about given the short days we now have.

They seem to have a 10hr tide window for the lock, so I shouldnt find myself locked in/out.
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They seem to have a 10hr tide window for the lock, so I shouldnt find myself locked in/out.
Careful....they do say that on their website, however last year the lock gates were somehow not fully operational and that window was halved, so make sure you check before going as it obviously affects your trip!

Its also worth noting that you don't have many backup options as Limehouse and South Dock close fairly early.
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Good point, I will ring them. (and take a sleeping bag as back up)
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