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Old 17 August 2011, 12:58   #11
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Jon,

How did you get on, i'm looking at doing this maybe this year (wife depending).

Where did you end up launching.

Chas Newens quoted 30 + VAT for launch and recovery at putney, mon to Sat between 9 and 5.
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Old 17 August 2011, 14:09   #12
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I guess as this in a '09 thread and the OP has not been on for 18 Months you could be waiting some time!!!
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Old 17 August 2011, 14:27   #13
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Hmmmmm, I knew it was an old thread but didnt think to check if he was still on here..

Oh well.

Any one else had experience with this ramp then, ideas on how long you get either side of the tide?
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I've only launched from here in a meat-powered boat (racing eight) a few years ago; their launch requirements are quite different and I guess it might have changed. But happy to share if you think you can sift anything helpful from it.
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I launched at Johnson Drawdock next to poplar rowing club on Sunday for free!

Went in about 4 before HW and came out at slack HW.

Wasn't too difficult although had a bit of wash up the chuff when recovering. Luckily our trailer is very forgiving and tend to self centre the boat when it's winched on.

We've got a wide beam 6 mtr rib and use a landcruiser amazon as the tow vehicle. It was pretty tight getting through the barrier, but if you really struggle the rowing club will open the other half.

Launched and recovered with the Mrs sitting in the drivers seat!
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If you are looking at launching and recovering at Putney we are of course always happy to help as long as we have a spare LR and a driver handy (9 times out of 10) We charge 10 +VAT each way, and we can launch at almost all states of the tide here.

If you are planning on launching and are unsure about which slipway or where abouts to use (certain points are like quick sand on a low tide!) feel free to ask - you cant go wrong with Local Knowledge.
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Putney is the best place to launch/recover if you plan to do sightseeing and mainly spending time in Central London. You could even go up to Thames Barriers. There is a petrol Station just behind the slipway so you can fill up there.

If you want to start further up, River Lane in Richmond is the best place. It is possible to launch/recover at all tide conditions and it is easier to find a parking space there than in Putney. You may have to go through the Richmond Lock.

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Perfect, sounds like a plan James. Thanks very much for this. As you say local knowledge is always best and i'd rather a pay a bit extra for the day out than end up with my car (not a 4x4) in the drink. Although i'll take you up on the 10 + vat either way option, rather than the 30+vat option also quoted by chas

Vandand, yep, having not ever taken the rib to the Thames it would be a sightseeing trip so Putney would be best having looked at Google earth. Thanks for the video. We did go through tower bridge on the Waverley last year and they lifted tower bridge for us to go through, a great day, having steamed up from Whitstable. We both said then that taking the rib to the thames would be a must at some point.

P.S, Ashbypower, seems i didnt have to wait to long after all. Result.
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