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Old 26 January 2002, 18:08   #11
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sounds good to me.

How far do you think we will get in the day? i',m not fam with the area. I'm keen to get lower than Wandsworth if we can.

Is there any locks to go through? are they manned?

Should be a good trip.
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Old 27 January 2002, 02:55   #12
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From Abingdon to Wandsworth is about 100 miles and 30 locks. they are all manned, but even do that's just a bit optimistic for a day

For the non-tidal Thames you'll need a licence. You can get away without one so long as you don't plan to go through any locks -- but that will really limit your range . . .

As far as I knoe the only place that issues them on demand is Teddington Lock, otherwise you need to get on in advance. Jools can probably sort this though!

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Old 27 January 2002, 18:34   #13
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I am a regular on the tidal part of the Thames and if you want to explore this area I would suggest you launch downstream. The best all-tidal site in Johnson Drawdock on the Isle of Dogs and there are several others around there but there are tidal restrictions. Greenwich Yacht club has a good facility. Check out www.boatlaunch.co.uk for all the details.
Check the tides since launching or recovering when the tide is running fast can be tricky. The main thing to look out for is plastic bags that wrap themselves around the water intake and can cook an engine very quickly. If you do not have over heating alarms fitting, get them on before going on the Thames. I speak from bitter experience. There is also a lot of drift wood. That said, it is great fun going under Tower Bridge and past the Houses of Parliament and it is a great way to see London.
Unfortunately I cannot make 22 Feb, but if you go for a later week-end I would like to join you.
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Old 28 January 2002, 14:39   #14
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Jools - What do you think of going for later date?

Three boats sounds good to me!

What dates can any one do?
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If you do go for the tidal thames

then I'd be up for it too!
Although at 6.5m would my RIB be too big!
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Ditto on Alan's comments if I have not been dragged off to sunnier climes then I would also be up for the tidal bit. and mine is even bigger than Alans!!!

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