EA Improvements

by admin on August 12, 2010

Message from the Environment Agency about river works planned:

This email is to let you know about some of the repairs and improvements we’ll be carrying out to our River Thames navigation structures in the coming months. Read the rest of this entry »

Had a problem on the Thames? Let us know.

by admin on August 9, 2010

Just added a ‘Report an Incident‘ form to this site so you can inform us of any problems you encounter which affect your enjoyment of the non tidal Thames.

Might even pass the info on to the EA if appropriate!

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 from people who actually agreed with the practice so I decided to ask their advice on how we could encourage more of it on the Thames and posted the following. ……. Read the rest of this entry »

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 will only be the same if there is no current flowing.

One of life’s great mysteries is how the limit came to be set in kilometers in a country which drives on roads in miles per hour. Even more perplexing when you realise that the international unit of speed measurement for boats and ships is in KNOTS or nautical miles per hour and all speed measuring instruments for boats are graduated in knots – not kph or mph ! Read the rest of this entry »

Bacon Sarnies at Temple

by admin on August 5, 2010

”ere’ I said, coming thru Temple one Sunday morning. “What’s happened to the fun notice about needing to give lockie a bacon sarnie if he can smell the makings as we pass through the lock?”

‘Had to take it down” they said “didn’t conform to a standard EA notice, see” Read the rest of this entry »

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 used to rafting up – in fact it was, and still is, impossible to vist many places around the Solent without having to do so.

The Thames has an extreme shortage of mooring space at popular locations Read the rest of this entry »

Vandals !

by admin on July 30, 2010

Had a very disappointing start to the cruise when some low life threw a stone at the boat and smashed one of the main cabin windows. Read the rest of this entry »

Keep an eye open

by admin on July 21, 2010

We will be heading upriver from Bray later today for our annual cruise, returning on 1st or 2nd August.

Should certainly get up as far as Wallingford but will be taking it easy and enjoying the river rather than trying to prove anything.

So, if you see ‘Legacy’ – a Pedro 36 Dutch steel cruiser – give us a wave.

Changes may be coming

by admin on July 21, 2010

Big chinwags taking place about possible restructuring of British Waterways into some sort of Charity Trust and possibilities for EA waters to be included to create one huge Inland Waterways organisation. Read the rest of this entry »

Seen on the River

by admin on July 20, 2010

Medmenham Abbey
Medmenham Abbey, founded by strict Cistercians around 1200, became renowned for a very different reason in the 19th Century. After the dissolution of the monasteries, the abbey passed into the Duffield family, who leased it to Sir Francis Dashwood, Chancellor of the Exchequer, in the 18th century.
Sir Francis and his friends formed the Hellfire Club, dressed up as the ‘Medmenham Monks’, and are rumoured to have used the abbey like a brothel, with the motto ‘”Fay ce que voudras” roughly translating to “Do as you wish”