Originally Posted by timw
I have never been East of South Dock (Surrey Quays) and would very much like to do so...Do you have any recomendations of places within reasonably easy reach where you can stop for lunch etc... I'd like to try the Medway, but is that too far? How about Southend, is it worth visiting? Are there any dangers to look out for?
What I would really like to do is take the Rib back to the Solent for the month of August...is it feasable to go by sea? I have a 250 litre fuel tank, but the motor can be thirsty.
There was a recent cruise to Southend where they moored on the pier. Search for Southend and you'll find several threads like this one
Medway's an easy cruise away, and is an interesting cruising ground in its own right. There are several RIBnetters around that way who would doubtless show you the sights.
Thames to the Solent is absolutely feasible. You could do it in a day, but it would be quite hard work. Two to three days would make it easy.
There's petrol on the quayside at Ramsgate (last time I checked anyway) and at Brighton. Dover is an interesting place to stop and other options include Eastbourne, Newhaven and Littlehampton.
Get the charts out and start planning!