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Old 06 June 2013, 11:35   #1
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medway / thames

I'm looking to bring my rib up to the Kent area soon but have been looking on boat launch and the internet but having trouble finding a decent launch site I feel somewhat spoiled by the failities in Lymington basically need a decent slip that is near some kinda of marina / boat yard for storage ... any suggestions?
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Old 06 June 2013, 12:05   #2
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Welcome to my world!! You most definitely are spoilt down down your neck of the woods.

No decent launch sites anywhere east of Herne Bay, which is tidal.
Probably worth Googling marinas around Medway.
If you do find anywhere there are some good points of interest in the Thames estuary
Have a look at Shivering Sand Towers
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Old 09 June 2013, 01:54   #3
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Yes, it's rather more limited, especially on the N Kent coast, than the Lymington/Solent area. The only 24 hr slip I know is at Queenborough and that's a long narrow thing witha bend in the middle. We've used Gillingham,which is easier, but probably only HW +/- 2 or 3. limited parking at both. There's the marina at Gillingham which has locking in and out but I don't believe they allow use of their slip by "casual" visitors - presumably you could keep the boat in the water in the marina at a cost. Otherwise it'd be marinas further up the Medway or slips like Allington,but they have their own tidal access limitations

But nothing like those wide easy 24 hr slips on the S coast I'm afraid
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Thanks for the replies so the gillingham slip would be closer to me I did email Gillingham marina but they could only lift in for 110 pounds major

Thier hard storage was pricey too!

Have to go down and have a look at gillingham slip to see what is like!


If all else fails I could go to the Essex side but that a longer drive
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Paul , there is not a lot on the Essex side ! There is a slip at North Woolwich ( Barge House Road ) , but in my opinion , only usable at slack high tide , and that's with a 4 X 4 !

If the tides are favourable though , this is only 2 minutes from Gallions Point Marina . ( Lock in and out at HW +/- 5 hours ) .

There is also Poplar Rowing Club for launch/recovery same day but with strong cross tides , if not slack . Otherwise it's up to Putney .

If you fancy the Barge House Rd slip , let me know and I'll check out it's condition ( not used it this year yet ). Bern
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the only place on medway is cuxton marina with only couple hours either side high water but you can leave on pontoon
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the only place on medway is cuxton marina with only couple hours either side high water but you can leave on pontoon
Now that sounds more like a viable option.. have to look into that one..thanks! only want to come up to the thames and have a run and look at the old forts in the middle and then maybe a run to london
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There is also Poplar Rowing Club for launch/recovery same day but with strong cross tides , if not slack . Otherwise it's up to Putney .
Am I right in thinking that no license is needed for Thames below (100m downstream of) Teddington? Thus launching at Putney and use of river in that area would be free? How far does the 8kt speed restriction extend - to Tower Brudge?
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Paul, Greenwich yatch club has a all states slip way
I live in Hertfordshire north of London ,I tow my boat it Gives me all options ,I found a few slipways in Essex.
Where in London do you live,
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IanH, the 8 knots limit extends down to Wandsworth Bridge, after that its 12 knots all the way down to Margaretness, just past City Airport (since July 1st last year).
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