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Old 26 August 2005, 04:51   #21
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swanage/studland bay is a nice place , and that cant be far from Durdel Door either
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Old 26 August 2005, 09:26   #22
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Thanks for the recommendation regarding Studland

Yes poole is V nice but we have done it too many times now

We are doing something quite different and never tried before (by us anyway)

Launch Saturday morning at Teddington Lock (Thames) and decide on day which way to travel (tidal eastwards or non-tidal westwards) Max speed on non-tidal side 4.3 knots (not sure we can go that slow) with 8 knots for a while, and then unlimited on the tidal side. Non-tidal attracts a 7 day licence.

Will let you know

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Old 01 September 2005, 13:18   #23
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Great Day

What an adventure

Launched 1 mile east of Teddington and travelled down to Wandsworth bridge at 8 knots max. Then up to 25 knots for the rest of the way. Lunch at anchor 4 miles east of Thames Barrier, then back to the slip via all the sites (again) and a seal under Wandsworth bridge.

Gets a bit shallow in the upper reaches at low tide but nothing to bad (never less than .6 metres. RNLI rib jet boat (The Chelsea Pensioner) seems to manage about 30 knots in no water at all!!

If anybody wants to try this (maybe in the winter months), I would love to do it again..

Doug
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Old 01 September 2005, 14:22   #24
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Hi Doug we would be up for that as we are only about 5 miles away but never done it by RIB
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Round to yours for a cuppa afterwards then?

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So how fast can you travel (legaly) under Tower bridge? I've always wanted to do the James Bond thing (for my Son's sake of course).
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Round to yours for a cuppa afterwards then?

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Tower Bridge

The speed limit under Tower Bridge is unlimited.

But

Your craft must proceed at all times at a safe speed when navigating on the tidal Thames. Whilst there is no specific speed limit downstream of Wandsworth Bridge, your speed must be appropriate for the prevailing conditions, the size and type of your vessel, the tidal conditions, your location in the river and, importantly, the safety of others navigating in the area or working or lying alongside. You should err on the side of safety when determining your speed so that there is no risk of injury to persons or damage to property.

There is a speed limit of 8 knots in the following places:

above Wandsworth Bridge;
in all creeks linked to the tidal Thames;
off Southend (in the inshore area)
at Coryton and Thurrock when gas tankers are berthed
Even at 8 knots many vessels can create an unacceptable amount of wash and you may need to reduce speed further in the vicinity of piers, smaller craft or river works.

Hopefully, I have not broken any copyright laws with the above statement..

Take a look at http://www.portoflondon.co.uk/ for the full SP

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Dome, Bridge and Richmond Lock

You have to go through the lock when the tide is low as the authorities keep the water level higher in the upper reaches of the tidal end.

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I agree with Andy. Allways wanted to do the thames. The closest I seem to get is looking down on it from the truck. Usually from the Woolwhich ferry or Blackfriers bridge at about 05.30 after taking part in the Smithfield market grand prix. Allways seem to win with the artic!!!!!

Let us know next time and we will try to join you

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What an adventure

Launched 1 mile east of Teddington and travelled down to Wandsworth bridge at 8 knots max. Then up to 25 knots for the rest of the way. Lunch at anchor 4 miles east of Thames Barrier, then back to the slip via all the sites (again) and a seal under Wandsworth bridge.

Gets a bit shallow in the upper reaches at low tide but nothing to bad (never less than .6 metres. RNLI rib jet boat (The Chelsea Pensioner) seems to manage about 30 knots in no water at all!!

If anybody wants to try this (maybe in the winter months), I would love to do it again..

Doug
Count me in I only live 20 miles away from t'smoke so no excuses
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