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Old 19 July 2016, 09:44   #11
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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.

thanks again
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
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Hi there. I wish i could ask the same question. I ordered a kolibri km330.cant wait. Its 3m30cm. I will (have to) go with 5hp 4stroke. Coz in netherlands if the boat makes more than 20km/h i need a sailing license :-(.
With a good petrol 5hp will do the trick

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I would say a minimum you must get is 10 HP.

I'm sailing on Thames, my boat is kept on a swing mooring. When the tide reaches 3-4 knots, and this is not unusual, I struggle to make 200 yards from my boat to the shore. My dinghy is about 10ft with a Tohatsu 2.5 HP, and being alone is sometimes quite frightening how fast and strong the tide can be.

Otherwise, I have an inflatable 3.65m which is rated 20hp max. It's a aluminium solid floor and weight about 120 kg, plus myself and some gear and I would not go for below 10hp. I actually have a 20 HP and a 25 HP for this boat.



From my experience on Thames, I would suggest to have some good power reserve, for your own safety. The navigation is busy here, tide is strong and sometimes you really need to put a WOT to stay safe. Cheers
Why ну погоди?

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Волчара ;)

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Cause you need some good push
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Cause you need some good push
Oh yeah, i remember that part .

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Hi there. I wish i could ask the same question. I ordered a kolibri km330.cant wait. Its 3m30cm. I will (have to) go with 5hp 4stroke. Coz in netherlands if the boat makes more than 20km/h i need a sailing license :-(.
With a good petrol 5hp will do the trick
I would personally advise to get a minimum ticket. It greatly helps with basic understanding, trip planning, navigation etc.

I pass a next ticket or go for miles building (on a sailboat) every year, and the more I learn, the more I see how much needs to be learn for a safe boating

Get on your 2 days course and you will not regret the money spent, plus you remove all restrictions in terms of power/speed
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Thats a good advice.

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I am going to be the first on this thread to say it....Tohatsu 9.8 2 stroke.

Weighs 26kg, same as a 4/5/6 hp 4 stroke and should provide all the power reserve you need.

Ideal engine for that boat.
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