Re: Tenders on MOBO\'s on the non-tidal Thames
All Gold is on a mid stream buoy, a tender is useful if the club ferry is not to hand. I also use the tender to get across the river when out cruising. You can anchor midstream for 24 hours, tender to pub, places like Windsor it can be useful for a stooge up and down (avoid trip boats) to get to the swimming pool. I'd miss it if I didn't have it.
Licenceing the thing seems to be legalised banditry, minimum charge of £50 unless its really huge (when it will cost more). The licence is only checked at locks, or if the patrol have nowt else to do and the tender is in the water... I've used Sunbury Lock numerous times, more than once as the sole user, a 2.8m rib, to get my money's worth.
If the tender is towed astern the lock keeper can charge £3 per lock IIRC.
Two beers please, my friend is paying.