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Old 13 January 2014, 04:13   #11
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Im going to take my boat on the Thames soon, so this thread is very helpfull.

Im near Benson / Oxford and have a mate who lives at the Benson Marina, Ive been there and the slip and facilities are good.

However, I do plan to put my boat in at Gallions Point and then check out the Thames Barrier, Tower Bridge and Houses of Parliment. Probably in the next few weeks.

But later in the year when its warmer I plan on a cruise in the Oxford end of the Thames that will included pubs and wild camping.
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But later in the year when its warmer...
All bunged up at the moment?
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Here is a link for anyone going on the Thames. Site is updating etc so keep an eye for changes. I lived on a boat on the Thames for some years and many rules and regulations have been introduced since then, particularly on speed / wash limits. There are special areas you need to watch, particularly between Wandsworth and The Barrier. There is a good deal of commercial traffic below Richmond and you must know all the regs regarding rights of way, particularly going through bridges (down tide usually has right of way but not always - very tricky when the tide is on the turn). There are special lights/regs for clear vessels. The PLA seems to all but discourage leisure boating and anyone who makes a mistake is jumped on. London VTS is on Ch 14 and you really have to monitor it actively all the time - good to do that anyway as they give good info and very accurate tide heights about every 20 mins. Going North as soon as you are clear of Teddington locks things are much more relaxed - apart from di***eads rowing. Anyone on a scull, Eight or whatever is a frustrated rugby player - their pent up testoterone is vented on every motor boat on the river. My arguments with them in the past were legendary - un-seamanlike to go at 9kts facing the wrong way for a start!!
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I heard that you were streaming
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apart from di***eads rowing. Anyone on a scull, Eight or whatever is a frustrated rugby player - their pent up testoterone is vented on every motor boat on the river.
Have you ever played "skittles"?
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Have you ever played "skittles"?
Seriously - one bloke rowed after me for miles on the Thames - swearing and cussing like a good un! When he finally caught up he realised he was too knackered to make any sort of attack. His beef was that I tooted at him when he was not expecting it and it gave him a scare. Have to admit the big boat we had then was quite loud in the "toot" department. Some days it was a real comedy - we used to park up for lunch near Hampton Court - once saw a big group of single rowers that came towards us. Bloke at the front stopped rowing to have a gander at us - two behind him immediately crashed into him and as they all stopped about 15 boats all pranged into each other - the swearing was legendary by everyone including some rather elderly females!! I eventually was moved to join in - I told them all to "Feck Off" on the (very) loud hailer as they were disturbing the peace of the river. Rather sheepishly they did! What a bunch of twats - the ones on the Lym River however seem to be rather nicer and on less steroids.
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Ha, thats brilliant. Rowing has always seemed a bit daft to me just because you cant look where you are going.
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