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Old 26 August 2004, 05:52   #1
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Where is a good place to launch from the essex side for a trip up the thames some where that it wont take forever to get into london.
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Old 26 August 2004, 06:06   #2
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Steve,

Theres nowhere really in the Estuary apart from Two Tree Island at Canvey. Very long and shallow gradient slip so needs 4x4 and / or long piece of rope!
Otherwise look on www.boatlaunch.co.uk and try Johnson drawdock next to Poplar rowing club on the Isle of Dogs. Suitable about 2 hrs either side of HT, longer if you have 4x4. Does involve towing boat into london though.

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Old 26 August 2004, 08:42   #3
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Another possible alternative is Bargehouse Causeway at Woolwich ,but again a 4X4 essential , and personally . I would not try anything over 5M other than at High Tide ( Slack Water ). At low tide , slip is very shallow and ends vertically ! There is Gallions Point Marina a few hundred metres downstream , so if there are at least two of you it's a possibility. ( also suggest that you dont leave car and trailer there - Access to Marina just round corner ).
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If you launch near canvey how long does it take to get to london bridge?
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About 2 hrs at speed
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Old 26 August 2004, 11:42   #6
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...but don't stop there....it's only another 15 - 20 minutes to start of speed limit at Wandsworth Bridge and you pass many great sites on the way.

Then only another 20 minutes at 8 knots to the tranquility of Chiswick and if you keep going Richmond. Why not enter the Grand Union Canal at Isleworth and and you can go all over the country!
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