I might well join you on this if i can make it - i can't make the BIBOA Thames Cruise and it's a great place to go, especialy from, say Herne Bay (i'd add an hour and zoom round from Margate).
If we get the tide right zooming inside Sheppy would be good, although the Sea Forts always make a dramatic waypoint if we are heading the other side of teh isle.
I've stayed at Chiswick Pier overnight, superb place, fairly secure, friendly staff etc. but not too much space. No real 'night life' too close but a big pub which does nice food.
Prehaps we could make this the SE Rib.Net meet?