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Old 01 March 2002, 09:29   #21
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All being well we'll be there.

As ex Royal Navy I can assure you that being loose with calling 'Ahoy Matey' can get you in some seriously difficult situations!
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Might be wise to check out the yachtsmans guide to the Thames on http://www.portoflondonauthority.co....7&site=leisure

VHF working channel is 14. IIRC the bridge control is Charing cross control. If you monitor 14 you will hear the trip boats reporting as they leave various piers etc. You may also hear notices of incidents/works on the river and "ease down" area's in effect. When you get to these points you should come off the plane and slow down lest you incur the wrath of the PLA or the Police. (A friend discovered to his cost that the Police don't like you speeding past whilst they are attempting to fish a body out of the river )

No speedlimit downstream of Wandsworth bridge but be sensible and don't cut up barges/trip boats etc and you should not have any problem. Hanging around the MI5 building clutching anything that resembles a RPG7 is also probably not a smart move!!


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You can also expect to be pulled over by the Police for a friendly chat -- they like to know who's roaring around the place!

The river police provide an excellent service to boaters, and are very helpful. This doesn't cut much ice with those who set budgets, but anti-terrorist patrols do -- so be good and answer their questions politely as it helps them justify their existence which means they are more likely to be there when you need them in the future!

Don't forget to check out the new RNLI RIBs too!

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The RNLI people are very fiendly as well as I found out about a week ago. They stopped me for a friendly chat one evening to let me know that my 'all round' white navigation light was not working, (which I of course knew!) Had a good RIB chat with them!!

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Thanks for your help guys.

Do we need a river license for use of the river below Putney Bridge?

Graeme, I haven't properly named my boat yet. Are you saying Ahoy Matey is not a good name? My other half's choice is Tusanami Rider.... as one of my previous boats was called Tusanami... I've also had boats called Yeah Baby Yeah!!! and Cool or what!!!

Look forward to seing you Saturday.
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I did not realise that 'Ahoy Matey' was the name of your boat - I thought it was just a call you wanted us to make - something like 'Hello Sailor'

Having heard some of the boat names calling for Radio Checks from Solent Coastguard yesterday that would be one of the more 'normal' names!

We are really looking froward to meeting up you next weekend

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Hello Sailor - Now theres a thought..

See ya next weekend...
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jahno - as you can see I've taken Tomkat out this weekend and she seems to be running fine. So yes - I will be bringing her down next weekend.

As for buying one - I think the firm has gone out of buisness - so I think it is quite a rare breed! - Thats how I found "Rib.net" - I was looking for other "TomKats" - none foound yet though

I've never tried towing a skier, although it is fitted with towing eyes for that purpose - You'll have to bring your skis along some time - I fancy having a go. (Not in the Thames though )

See you next week - I can't wait!!
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Jools,

Maybe at the SOC weekend, ill bring the knee board anyway.

See ya saturday...
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No licence required...........

for the tidal Thames. So no probs there.

Got out in Yellowtang yesterday for the first time this year. Brilliant day on the Suffolk coast. Only downside was breaking the winch strap during recovery. So got to source a new one before next weekend if I want to meet you on the Thames.
Hmmm have to see what we can do.

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