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Old 07 April 2007, 17:39   #11
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Neils,
Passage accross from Belgium pretty strait forward. Cross the TSZ, head for Margate (keeping north of the Goodwins) then take either the Princess Channel, Kentish Flats windfarm to Port, Red Sand WW2 forts to Port, Medway approaches, Sheerness, river Medway. The nearest marina for petrol and diesel is Gillingham marina, Ch80. Speed limit in the last mile only! Chatham marina also do diesel and petrol but only upto 7PM. Beware their petrol price is HIGH (1.21/L 2 weeks ago!!)
If the tide is with you, there is a Tesco just behind the sea wall at sheerness!

If weather is poor, take the inshore channel via Margate South channel, Gore channel, Whitstable street PHB to port, The Swale (inshore of IO Sheppey), Queenborough then carry on up the river Medway to Gillingham. Gillingham marina is about 15 miles upriver from Sheerness. Leaving the Medway, take the River Thames up to London. Berths available at St Katherines or Limehouse Basin plus a few others. No speed limit but watch your wash. Ch 14 London VTS to transit the Thames barrier.

Hope that gives you a taster. I would reccomend going via the forts at approx 51 28 N, 001 00 E.

Have done most of the route at some time, but not in a single run. If you need more info then PM me.

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Old 17 April 2007, 10:23   #12
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thanks

thank you for all the helpfull information.
We are planning the trip now and we are hoping for some nice weather and not to much wind.
Strange that you can't buy petrol near London at the water.
I think that we go to Ramsgate to refuel before we make the crossing to Holland on the way back.
What's the best pub near Catherine's dock?
Because i think that we are very thursty when we come in.

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Old 17 April 2007, 10:45   #13
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" The Dickens Inn " is the famous Pub within the Marina . To be honest , I was disappointed with the beer & food in there . Remember that you will probably have to lock in and out of St.Katherines , so if you are going to that trouble there are probably plenty of other places to eat and drink . ( There's a nice looking Indian restaurant in there as well ). If time is not on your side , you may be able to moor up outside Limehouse Marina , just across from the pub there . Good food and beer as I recall !
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" The Dickens Inn " is the famous Pub within the Marina . To be honest , I was disappointed with the beer & food in there . Remember that you will probably have to lock in and out of St.Katherines , so if you are going to that trouble there are probably plenty of other places to eat and drink . ( There's a nice looking Indian restaurant in there as well ). If time is not on your side , you may be able to moor up outside Limehouse Marina , just across from the pub there . Good food and beer as I recall !
Or....for a proper pub or two, walk down Wapping High Street for the 'Town Of Ramsgate', the 'Capitan Kidd' (which has outside seating looking at the river just behind the Police boat's pier) or a bit further down the 'Prospect of Whitby'. All are far better, and significantly cheaper, than the 'Dickens'. Plus the C. Kidd has a really nice restaurant upstairs.

Links to all below:

http://ultimatepubguide.com/pubs/info.phtml?pub_id=300#

Have fun, but heed the advice about fuel. Petrol is not a commodity sold afloat on the river.

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you can moor on the inside of the jetty outside St. Katherines (not outside of jetty as thats where the trip boats call) and not have to wait for the tide to go through the lock.
I was there on Sunday and agree that the Dickens isn't great but adequate.
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Old 09 May 2007, 10:43   #16
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petrol

Does anyone know if you can get fuel in Ramsgate because that will be easyer for us i think.

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Niels have a look here:
http://www.marinefuel.info/
So not in Ramsgate, in Dover yes, but there you have to walk with cans on a lorry.
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strange

thanks Mark

Lucky for me to ask this question because in a pilot of the region they say that there is petrol in Ramsgate.
Isn't it stupid that you can't tank some petrol in that region?

dank je Mark.
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aha

just visited the internet site of Ramsgate.
Happy to see that they have petrol.

So that petrol site is not to good i'm affraight.
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