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Why shouldn’t Narrowboats use the Thames?

by admin on August 16, 2010

Isn’t it time we got over this NB-phobia thing and moved on? They are just people like us who enjoy being on the water but in a different type of boat. Yes, NB’s may be more suited to the canals but that doesn’t mean they can’t (or shouldn’t) be used on the Thames. We could argue that many of the cruisers on the river are more suited to being on the sea – particularly those that create significant wash even at low speed. Many NB’s visiting the Thames for the first time need to adjust their thinking and relearn some procedures but that doesn’t mean they are some sort of alien beings.

Rafting Up when busy

by admin on August 9, 2010

In an earlier post – A message to Narrowboaters – I discussed the shortage of moorings and the need for boats to moor alongside each other. I posted the same message on a Narrowboat Forum and received some encouraging comments (…)

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Speed Limit

by admin on August 9, 2010

The speed limit on the non tidal Thames is 8 kilometers per hour – 5 miles per hour – 4.3 nautical miles per hour. This is, nominally, supposed to be speed over the ground rather than through the water which (…)

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Message to Narrowboaters

by admin on August 4, 2010

I have for many moons now been advocating the ‘moor alongside’ philosophy on the YBW Thames Forum as well as when out and about on the river, but with very limited success. As a one-time coastal sailor I was well (…)

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Lock Manning Hours

by admin on July 20, 2010

The table (click to enlarge) shows when you are likely to find locks manned by lock-keeping staff. Outside these hours, and when staff are engaged in other duties or taking a break, signs showing a large BLUE disk on a (…)

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Move along there, please…..

by admin on July 19, 2010

Pleasant weekend at Cookham and got there early enough to get moorings without problem. No major hold-ups but a couple of locks with the need to wait. Why, oh why, do peeps who arrive at an empty waiting area insist (…)

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