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Old 15 November 2015, 17:12   #51
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Hi John,


Thank you for this advice. Greenwich won't be my first trip for sure. I could head West towards Richmond as you suggest or launch near Teddington when I finally get the outboard motor. Half way through the VHF online course today, I say again, half way through the radio course! Exam 13 Dec.
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Old 15 November 2015, 17:13   #52
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The motor looks good, except, I have my heart set on a more powerful 25HP in case I need it on the Thames or sea if I ever get to island hopping with 4 or 5 people.
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Old 15 November 2015, 18:59   #53
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We had a trip out on the Tidal Thames last weekend launching at Putney Bridge.
It's 'do-able' and yes the currents are strong, water is 'lumpy' the further you head East but the major factors I'd consider are No1 Debris and No2 Traffic.
Keep your eyes on the traffic coming from all around you and at high speed!
Most importantly have a sharp knife onboard and a repair kit!!! as my OB failed 3 times with crap wrapped around the prop and an accompanying boat had the same happen twice.
At one point the accompanying boat was lifted out of the water and the OB nearly torn off
The amount of debris within the water is disgustingly high on all levels, rope, plastic binding, plastic bags, pallets, logs 8ft in length, scaffold boards, lengths of timber with nails in, cans, bottles, oil drums.........the list goes on and on.
Loved the sights of London from the water but I'll never revisit 'Tidal Thames' ever again
A great shame the Thames is in such a mess
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Old 15 November 2015, 23:20   #54
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Hi Woziznane that sounds horrendous.
I lived in London for 4 years before moving back to my native Scotland.
It has crossed my mind go take my Sib with me to London when I return for a visit.
After that write up I'll stick to sibbing around the shores, seal lochs and lochs of Scotland.
Only crappy I've had to clean off my prop in 10 years was a jelly fish
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if you have a tow bar you can buy a carrier for it they can handle 100 kg might be an option better than the roof.
25 hp engine 2 or 4 stroke are not so much heavy as awkward to handle a sack barrow is the way to go which would go nicely on a tow bar rack.
i have owned a Johnson engine OK 4 hp what a piece of crap wouldn't trust it as an anchor.
with the boat only weighing 43 kg look at coming down 5 hp significant weight drop in the engine and you will get good performance from a twenty. OMO

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if you have a tow bar you can buy a carrier for it they can handle 100 kg might be an option better than the roof.
25 hp engine 2 or 4 stroke are not so much heavy as awkward to handle a sack barrow is the way to go which would go nicely on a tow bar rack.
i have owned a Johnson engine OK 4 hp what a piece of crap wouldn't trust it as an anchor.
with the boat only weighing 43 kg look at coming down 5 hp significant weight drop in the engine and you will get good performance from a twenty. OMO

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I'd be surprised if the weight on a Ka towbar was rated for 100 kg.
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Thanks but the Ford Ka isn't rated for a towbar at all, the manufacturer is forbidden from having one, you just can't have a towbar on a Ford Ka. Now, I know there are some great fun comments on this, but ha ha, the Ford Ka is extremely cheap to buy and run and actually, I will be either, putting my Aerotec 380 in the boot (I think it will just about go) and my 25HP outboard (when I get one) in the back seat area or visa versa. Not forgetting anchor etc. So it will all fit inside with my one passenger! Also, for added budget motoring, I hire out my Ford Ka with www.easycarclub.com and make money on it to fund the boat!
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Hi Woz, that does sound terrible. I will definitely take a sharp knife and be on my guard for the string, ropes and logs when I eventually get out on the Thames and go East.
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I would love to drive up to the lochs and chop up a jellyfish! I have been down the Caledonian canal on a cruiser, Loch Ness is like being on the sea
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I had better buy a radio that works well on Channel 16
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