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  1. #1
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    Default Orwell to St Katherines Dock advice please

    Hi

    We are based in Woolverstone and am looking for advice to sail to St Katherines dock in London, hopefully in the next month or so - any help / top tips and advice would be very much appreciated. We are a 45’ sail boat, draw 2m - been sailing for a few years in the Med but are new to the area and getting used to tides etc again

    Many thanks

    Stewart

  2. #2
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    Default Re: Orwell to St Katherines Dock advice please

    It is possible to do it in one hit if you don't mind motoring to keep the speed up. Most people take the tide to Queenborough on day one and then get out in the channel by LW next day and chase the tide up the river. Locking in is near the top of the tide so there is no value in fighting the tide all the way. So leave Woolverstone a couple of hours before LW and then the tide will take you to Q'boro where there are visitors buoys and at times (see website) a trot boat. If you are lucky there will be space on the all tide landing for you but secure the boat before you leave it in search of grub.
    Not all who wander are lost

  3. #3
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    Default Re: Orwell to St Katherines Dock advice please

    £113 per night for 45ft
    not worth the bother really

  4. #4
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    Default Re: Orwell to St Katherines Dock advice please

    Read this if you haven't got a copy https://www.pla.co.uk/Safety/Regulat...ance-Documents
    Not all who wander are lost

  5. #5
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    Default Re: Orwell to St Katherines Dock advice please

    Limehouse Basin is better - imho and quieter. and probably cheaper...

  6. #6
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    Default Re: Orwell to St Katherines Dock advice please

    Thanks for the advice - someone else in the marina mentioned Limehouse Basin so will look at staying there for a couple of nights as well

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    Default Re: Orwell to St Katherines Dock advice please

    Did Orwell to queenborough (£15 one night 32ft) then as moody says, a quick motorsail up on the tide. Limehouse is quieter than st kats, less restaurants and tourists, more canal boats. About £60 a night for 32’. DLR runs right past it and city airport take offs go right overhead but I reckon it’s still more peaceful than kats will be. We liked it.
    Pardon?

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    Default Re: Orwell to St Katherines Dock advice please

    Quote Originally Posted by Bradders View Post
    Thanks for the advice - someone else in the marina mentioned Limehouse Basin so will look at staying there for a couple of nights as well
    St Kats is a great destination but as said, you may do a lot of motoring up the Thames to maintain enough speed to use the current and arrive at the lock opening time window. Speed is also important on the return down to Queenborough before the new flood starts. All this means you need to ensure you have enough diesel in your tank. There is only one place to refuel, which is close the St Kats, but is usually closed at weekends and during the week if there is a/are commercial vessel(s) refuelling (the main customers of the fuel barge) there may be a long wait which eats into your time constraints to use the currents.

    Www.solocoastalsailing.co.uk

  9. #9
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    Default Re: Orwell to St Katherines Dock advice please

    24 hours on the wall at Limehouse is free, for inland boats at least.

  10. #10
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    Default Re: Orwell to St Katherines Dock advice please

    Limehouse has been sold by BWML to a venture capitalist firm. There had been a huge increase in charges and mooring fees for residents. A free night seems out of keeping.
    For lunch try the Yurt Cafe in the grounds of the St Katharine FoundAtion. Right near the entrance to the DLR.
    Not all who wander are lost

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