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Old 12 May 2016, 02:04   #11
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I didn't realise you could just moor up to the piers, that would have been good to know!


We used to do Kew to Greenwich, moor up overnight and do the return leg the next day, or as often was the case (I co-owned the RIb with 2 others), 2/3 of us would take it down on the Saturday and then whoever hadn't been on-board the day before took their crew to take it back.

It worked quite well for us, but others may prefer the round trip in one go of course, either the speed limits we just felt it was too long (even before it felt quite long)!
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I didn't realise you could just moor up to the piers, that would have been good to know!

You can't on most of them. You might get away with it sometimes provided you don't get in anyone's way, but I wouldn't rely on it. The inside of the St Katherine pier does generally seem to be available for short stops though.
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...don't be put off by horror stories about how fast the currents are. Plan ahead and use the ponies sensibly and you'll be fine.
I haven't seen any horror stories here, but it is important that people understand what they are dealing with on the Tideway. When things do go wrong they can get worse very quickly!

Having said that, with a bit of experience and planning it can be a fantastic way of experiencing London from a different perspective. A RIB would still be low down on my choice of boat for the job though.
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vjmehra - could your mooring have been Kew Marine - I am pretty much directly opposite.

CJL - Awesome - many thanks for the links. I am pretty familiar with Hammersmith going upstream but the bits downstream I am still figuring out. Did you have to pay to moor at Imperial Wharf?

And many thanks for the safety warnings. I've seen plenty go wrong on the tideway already (usually rowers crashing into things or each other)
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Yes thats the one, Kew Marine!

We had a couple of good years there before the draconian speed limits came in.

The worst part about it all is that everyone (well most people) were sensible anyway, the only bit you could really get onto the plane was past Tower bridge, which is largely traffic free.

The other stupid bit is that apparently its perfectly safe (with Advanced Powerboat etc.) to go faster on your own, but if you have someone else with you its now more dangerous...crazy!

Oh and yes you do have to pay to moor at Imperial Wharf (also its worth radioing ahead).
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I haven't seen any horror stories here, but it is important that people understand what they are dealing with on the Tideway. When things do go wrong they can get worse very quickly!
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If you are bored check out the YBW Thames Forum.....apparently the Tidal Thames is terrifying!!
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Ah, it's a while since I've been that bored!
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Tideway fun

I launch my RIB at Water Lane, Petersham, just west of Richmond Bridge (free of charge amazingly) and very often do the run down to the Pool of London/Canary Wharf. My boat is a 5m with a 60 hp engine and whilst it is a little slow trickling down through the Richmond Lock stretch until the speed limit changes it is not an unpleasant experience. I try to avoid weekends because of the large number of rowing club vessels.

Once in sight of the Houses of Parliament, particularly if I have timed my run correctly so that I meeting the tide, I find the speed limit combined with the need to work against the tide, and a small speed leeway to work through the waves makes for a very interesting and exciting sector.

It is usually very busy with traffic and one has to be extremely careful and correct to pass through this area safely and in full accordance with all laws.

But it is exactly that that makes passing through central London such a rewarding challenge and great fun to boot. I certainly wouldn't avoid taking my rib on the Thames but it must be approached thoughtfully, and executed well.
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done the tideway many times either teddington to brentford or teddington to limehouse, or return trips many times in ours and friends narrowboats. we lived aboard our 50ft narrowboat and i have some fantastic memories of these trips. going under tower bridge with bicycles, roof garden and even a christmas tree on the front deck. Out of maybe 10 trips we only had 1 hairy moment which was on the approach to limehouse gates. We may have been always lucky witb our passages but it does make me chuckle somewhat when i hear all the horror stories. 30hp pushing 18 tonnes of narrowboat never let us down.

if i go back to the tideway i would favour a cabin cruiser or a large sib. but i would always let the tide do the donkey work.

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It's surprising what you can do with a bit of planning. How's this for a bit of inflatable adventuring on the Tideway?

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