Originally Posted by max2016
thanks for all the replies giving me lots to think about, I do hear the thames can be rough at times...im totally new to all of this, will be sticking to the non tidal bits of the thames....with this in mind will a 3.5hp do the trick?
maybe in the future once im comfortable with the boat look at taking it on tidal parts of the thames, if im brave enough inshore sea use, granted i will require a large outboard or such use.
When I bought mine, a 3.65m, I had a Honda BF5 and I made a day trip from Richmond to Battersea Bridge.
It took 2 of us plus pack of beer - 2 hours to go from Richmond to Battersea Bridge, following the tide. We never planed and were going about 8knts.
Then we went to a pub and few Guinness later we missed the tide. I started to punch the tide, but for 20 minutes I could not pass a buoy, the boat was literally staying at the same place at wot.
We moored it at the Chayne Walk pier in Chelsea, and gone drinking for 3 more hours. Then we could slowly come upon the Thames.
The return trip took about 6 hours. The next day I sold the engine on eBay and invested in a 20 HP.
Think tide when it comes to Thames