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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Sep 2018
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    Default Visiting the Thames this weekend?

    I've got a 18' sailing day boat with shallow draft weighing 600kg with a mast about 21' above the water line. She also has an outboard engine. I bought her at the end of last year and only got time/weather for one sail. As the weather is looking so good at the moment I'm thinking of paying a visit to the Thames this weekend.

    I live in Redhill, Surrey and so a trip to somewhere near Kingston or Shepperton would be a short enough journey. I would need a concrete slipway and somewhere safe to park my van and trailer. I might even stay overnight (in van or under canvas in the boat) if feasible.

    Any suggestions for a good place to go? I've had a look at bridge heights and don't think I could squeeze under any of them with the mast up. So, I either stay between bridges or just use the engine.

    Do I need a Boat Safety Scheme certificate? The boat is CE certified. I guess I'd need a licence but I'm hoping I could get one from a lock-keeper.


    Any suggestions would be welcome.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    Finchampstead, Wokingham, Berks
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    1,971

    Default Re: Visiting the Thames this weekend?

    No BSS - you can self certify that you comply when you buy a day licence from the lock-keeper or in advance over the phone from EA
    Regal 2250 - see www.sportsboat.org.uk

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    Lurking in the Thames Valley
    Posts
    253

    Default Re: Visiting the Thames this weekend?

    Try launching in Thames Ditton - adjacent to the Swan PH.
    Its a good slipway, in a quiet spot. The only issue is pub-users blocking the access.

    Leave the mast at home!

  4. #4
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    Limehouse hole
    Posts
    471

    Default Re: Visiting the Thames this weekend?

    Molsey lock is closed.

    I'd go for the slipway at weybridge that gives a lot of choice for boating even the river wey would be an option. Free Car park beside slipway. I've not use it but have seen trailers in the car park so assume its a decent slip.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    Limehouse hole
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    471

    Default Re: Visiting the Thames this weekend?

    Location

    Weybridge Point Car Park
    114 Thames St, Weybridge KT13 8NG
    http://goo.gl/maps/JSifM

  6. #6
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    Limehouse hole
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    471

    Default Re: Visiting the Thames this weekend?

    No BSS needed buy visitor license from the first lock you get to. Sorted!

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