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Old 03 June 2014, 23:06   #1
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What can a RIB enthusiast do in London

We are in London for a conference from Australia and were wondering if anything RIB related or even boating in general that we must do on our days off.
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Old 04 June 2014, 00:54   #2
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G'day Kubcat ! The most obvious suggestion would be

.......The Thames Cruise with a unique difference | London RIB Voyages

There are very restrictve speed limits in place nowadays on the Thames in central London for private leisure users but these tours are still exempt .

I guess if your coming half way round the world , it wouldn't be much more effort to get to the coast , maybe even west coast of Scotland for perhaps the best ribbing in the UK .......
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Any river journey would be good, but obviously a RIB trip should be top of the list! Try to get on the longer trip that goes to the Thames Barrier, it's well worth seeing.

How about a more sedate trip upriver from Westminster to Kew or Hampton court?

The Museum of London Docklands and the Maritime Museum at Greenwich are both worth a visit (take the Docklands Light Railway).

HMS Belfast, the Tower of London and the Tower Bridge Experience are good too, and all close to each other in Central London.

If you want some good views the London Eye is good. The Shard is better though, massively higher with a panorama of the whole of London although further from the river. The Emirates Airline cable car from Greenwich Peninsular to the Royal Docks is great for an alternative river view as well.

That should get you started. How long have you got?
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your only an hour an 9 minutes on the train to Southampton - RIB opportunities abound!
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Sneaking a reply in the conference so will be brief.

Thank you for the feedback. Will look further when I get a bit of time out.

We can spend a day or three, max.
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Are the DUKWs back in operation - if so great experience (with drysuit & fire extinguisher)
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Are the DUKWs back in operation - if so great experience (with drysuit & fire extinguisher)
According to their web site they're starting up again at the end of June.
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The Thames barrier RIB trip is the current favourite but will depend on what flights I can get to my next meeting, my stay in London looks like it will be shorter than expected. I haven't been able to operate the booking part of their website from my iphone.

I saw the Duck driving around the streets of London on Monday. We had a similar thing in Sydney a few years ago, not sure why it didn't last. Looks interesting but a RIB trip gets me more excited.
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Thanks everyone for the advice. With the wet weather and limited time, the ferry to the Thames Barrier was the eventual choice as it was leaving just as I got there.

Really enjoyed looking at the city from the water and the commentary was fantastic giving us an insight into the history of the Thames.

I did see a few RIBs and the one with twin Yamahas could be heard from a long way away whining just like mine does when the belts start to wear and get loose. Good to know that I am not the only one with that issue.
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