Originally Posted by Bow movement
Are there anythings we should look out for or is it better to wait until we're all competent?
Taking your own boat on the tidal Thames is fantastic, but your plan is probably not the best choice for your first time out for a number of reasons:
There are a few small slipways around Richmond, but none of them are particularly suitable if you're trying to launch a largish RIB as a beginner. Parking may also be a problem. Have a look at www.boatlaunch.co.uk
for some more details.
You will need to check the tides as there's very little depth below Richmond at low water. You'll probably need to go through Richmond Lock either on the way down, or on the way back.
If you launch at Richmond, then you have 10 miles with an 8 knot speed limit until you get to Wandsworth Bridge. It's a great place for some gentle boating, but a bit of a drag if you really just want to go and see the sights.
The tide on the Thames can be very fast, and if things go wrong they can go wrong fast. You need to be prepared to deal with things like a fouled prop quickly.
If you do decide to go for it then launching at Putney would probably be a better option. Better still would be to head for the south coast and find somewhere a bit less challenging to get you started.
You'll have fun whatever you do!