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  1. #1
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    Default River Thames questions

    Hello guys,

    Does anyone know if it would be possible to get a Nimbus 320 (9.9m by 3.25m- with 2.9m air draft and 1.05m draft) up the Thames from St Katherine Docks to Henley? How long would it take?

    Would be doing it single handed potentially too.

    I am normally a coastal boater based out of the Crouch but am looking to head up the Thames for an event at Henley in May.

    Was thinking of doing the Crouch round to Queenborough before heading up towards London. Then a night in St Kats. Then any thoughts would be welcome on where to stop off on the way up to Henley.

    Thanks in advance for any thoughts/ tips/ advice.

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    Default Re: River Thames questions

    Quote Originally Posted by TomWGA View Post
    Hello guys,

    Does anyone know if it would be possible to get a Nimbus 320 (9.9m by 3.25m- with 2.9m air draft and 1.05m draft) up the Thames from St Katherine Docks to Henley? How long would it take?

    Would be doing it single handed potentially too.

    I am normally a coastal boater based out of the Crouch but am looking to head up the Thames for an event at Henley in May.

    Was thinking of doing the Crouch round to Queenborough before heading up towards London. Then a night in St Kats. Then any thoughts would be welcome on where to stop off on the way up to Henley.

    Thanks in advance for any thoughts/ tips/ advice.

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    Default Re: River Thames questions

    There is no problem with air draft.
    Leave St Kats an hour and half before HW London Bridge and you should make it through to Teddington on the tide without the hassle of Richmond lock. It is about ten hours cruising from Teddington to Henley assuming no long lock delays. We would normally do it leisurely with overnights at Hampton Court and Windsor. But it all depends on the time of HW London Bridge, an early morning tide is best.

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    Default Re: River Thames questions

    +1
    Dave

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    Default Re: River Thames questions

    Quote Originally Posted by Portland Billy View Post
    There is no problem with air draft.
    Leave St Kats an hour and half before HW London Bridge and you should make it through to Teddington on the tide without the hassle of Richmond lock.
    It should be fine but check the calculations for Hammersmith Bridge if approaching towards high water. Your air draft would be marginal to impossible on a few high tide levels. There is a guage board to provide reassurance when you are there.

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    Default Re: River Thames questions

    If you leave 1.5 hrs to 2 hours before HW London Bridge you will clear Hammersmith Bridge with plenty of head room even with a 5m air draft that's so long as you don't have any major holdups on the trip. You will also arrive at Richmond just about at the time of the sluices being raised. if they are still down call the lockie on channel 80 and get an eta till they are opening , It will be quicker than locking through.

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    Default Re: River Thames questions

    Quote Originally Posted by Newbroom View Post
    If you leave 1.5 hrs to 2 hours before HW London Bridge you will clear Hammersmith Bridge with plenty of head room ..... so long as you don't have any major holdups on the trip.
    Agreed. However - getting out of St Kats on a schedule can be a bit hit and miss at times and getting something round the (single shaft) prop on a Nimbus 320 etc. etc. are all possibilities. (Been there and experienecd both of those more than once - the latter especially during tidal runs when all the junk comes back up).

    Personally I'd want to know my cut-off time at Hammersmith before heading off.

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    Default Re: River Thames questions

    Same deal every time. Exit St Kats on first or second lock-out and head upstream at 8kt. You'll have no issues, might have to wait a little while at Richmond if you go too fast! Leave later and go faster by all means but you have no safety net then...

    Hammersmith won't be an issue with a 9' air draft unless it's knocking high tide, you'll be on a fairly low but incoming tide when you get up there. You have a large window indeed unless the tides are affected in some way.

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    Default Re: River Thames questions

    Quote Originally Posted by No Regrets View Post
    Same deal every time. Exit St Kats on first or second lock-out and head upstream at 8kt. You'll have no issues, might have to wait a little while at Richmond if you go too fast! Leave later and go faster by all means but you have no safety net then...

    Hammersmith won't be an issue with a 9' air draft unless it's knocking high tide, you'll be on a fairly low but incoming tide when you get up there. You have a large window indeed unless the tides are affected in some way.

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    Default Re: River Thames questions

    Thanks guys for all your help- very much appreciated.

    So with Richmond is there freeflow through the lock if I time it right- ie I won't have to lock through?

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