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  1. #1
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    Default Need help: 42 feet fly ridge with 4.3 meter air draft on Thames

    Dear Mates,

    I am a beginner. Bought a 42 feet fly ridge last year winter. Trouble is she has a very high canopy on top of after cabinet. The air draft will be around 4.3 meter even after removed the antenna arch. Is this any chance I can sail her down to the coastal areas from Shepperton? I noticed a bridge name Hammersmith only has 3.5 meter high. Will this is the one I can't get through?

    Thanks mates.

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    Default Re: Need help: 42 feet fly ridge with 4.3 meter air draft on Thames

    Hammersmith is on the tidal part of the river.
    3.5 is the air draft at MHWS.
    Wait for the tide to go out one metre and you are in the game!

    Note that there are air draft indicator boards mounted adjacent to Harrods depositary and Fulham reach Boat Club for in-bound traffic and Chiswick Eyot for out-bound traffic.

    Its the yellow thing on the river wall:
    https://riverviewgardens.files.wordp...tory.jpg?w=660
    Last edited by Pump-Out; 31-08-19 at 14:34.

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    Default Re: Need help: 42 feet fly ridge with 4.3 meter air draft on Thames

    Thanks mate.

    Is it any chance the tide can go out 1 metre?

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    Default Re: Need help: 42 feet fly ridge with 4.3 meter air draft on Thames

    Quote Originally Posted by Lucas Gan View Post
    Thanks mate.

    Is it any chance the tide can go out 1 metre?
    From your reply it appears you are unfamiliar with tides and the tables used to calculate their times and hights.

    Without being patronising or rude, if this is the case, then perhaps the lower river might not be for you until you have enlightened yourself on these important matters.

    It can be daunting on the Thames Estuary for a beginer, so please stay safe.

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    Default Re: Need help: 42 feet fly ridge with 4.3 meter air draft on Thames

    Quote Originally Posted by rotrax View Post
    From your reply it appears you are unfamiliar with tides and the tables used to calculate their times and hights.

    Without being patronising or rude, if this is the case, then perhaps the lower river might not be for you until you have enlightened yourself on these important matters.

    It can be daunting on the Thames Estuary for a beginer, so please stay safe.
    +1

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    Default Re: Need help: 42 feet fly ridge with 4.3 meter air draft on Thames

    Quote Originally Posted by Lucas Gan View Post
    Thanks mate.

    Is it any chance the tide can go out 1 metre?
    Er, yes. Every single tide. It's quite possible that some HW's won't even get near to the MHWS measurement.

    As said by Rotax & Little Sister the tidal Thames is not for the meek or unprepared. Below Putney things really get exciting! Probably worth considering hiring an experienced hand to get you down and through the Barrier. Having said that there is little more rewarding than taking your own yacht through the centre of London, even more so on a still, clear, warm night.

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    Default Re: Need help: 42 feet fly ridge with 4.3 meter air draft on Thames

    Thanks mates. Great to learn that. Yes, I am clueless about that! Have to do my homework! Will start from learning the tide.

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    Default Re: Need help: 42 feet fly ridge with 4.3 meter air draft on Thames

    Quote Originally Posted by Lucas Gan View Post
    Thanks mates. Great to learn that. Yes, I am clueless about that! Have to do my homework! Will start from learning the tide.
    You might benifit from a course. IIRC Hamble School of Yachting do an excellent motorboat Competent Crew course.

    At an RYA Muster in Cowes some years ago First Mate was I/C of a 1000 HP motorboat. She had to take it deep into Cowes Yacht Haven and then reverse it out.

    Scary!

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    Default Re: Need help: 42 feet fly ridge with 4.3 meter air draft on Thames

    Spend some money on a "ferry skipper" to get you out of the Thames to your proposed new location.
    After that your safety is down to you. !
    Seriously, would most certainly not risk any friends or family if you attempted this on your own.

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    Default Re: Need help: 42 feet fly ridge with 4.3 meter air draft on Thames

    Thanks mates.

    I am not really planning a trip yet. Just struggling whether or not to put that hard canopy back to the stern to make her 4.3 metres high. The hard canopy now tie on top of the bow due to last year transport from Scotland by lorry. The air draft now is 3.5 metres without the canopy on stern.

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