Originally Posted by furstyferret81
Also interested if anyone knows of any lakes or somewhere open to have a little play around with the handling of this boat, looking at somewhere withing an hour or so drive from Staines?
I tried quite a few lakes round here (not too far from Staines) and none were interested in letting me practice except one which in the end, I didn't take them up on the offer - I'm an ex RYA sailing instructor and the chap who ran the lake would have let me use off peak as a favour to a fellow instructor.
Thames above Teddington tricky as apart from cost, there is a few weeks lead time on getting license which make it difficult to do it on spur of moment if using short term license.
However, Thames is accessible at Putney. Haven't used it myself as in the end I just went straight for Arun at Littlehampton where boat was to be based long term, but options from Putney look good, tides permitting. A couple of good websites showing what speed restrictions apply and where. Unfortunately I did not bookmark them.