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TOPIC: Temporarily tying up in London?

Temporarily tying up in London? 24 Oct 2019 14:55 #110885

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Charles I didn't realise you were at Hermitage - we were in St Kats and walked over into your open day last year and everyone was really friendly. I was just trying to find a way of not breaking Teddington > St Kats/Limehouse into 2 days. What we do at the moment is break the passage at the Chelsea Harbour pier and then wait until its about HW-1 at St kats and go down then.
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Temporarily tying up in London? 24 Oct 2019 09:54 #110875

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Tim hi
We are only 35£ a night and you get a DBA discount ...and although biased much nicer. Pump out, water electric. The downside is a bit choppy at times. Google hermitage community mornings. Or call me on 07711487955. C

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Temporarily tying up in London? 23 Oct 2019 23:53 #110873

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Hi Charles we’re 60’ - too big for the small yellow buoys outside st kats according to skt.. we did get into limehouse the one time we did it on the ebb but I can’t say it was fun!
Re the PLA buoys you’ve confirmed what I suspected.
I did consider hermitage but for an overnight stopover - I wonder if they would consider just a few hours...for a price

Thanks for your comments ....much appreciated

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Temporarily tying up in London? 23 Oct 2019 18:42 #110864

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Tim hi
1: what is the size of yr barge. ??
2: st Kats only open 11/2 hours either side of high tide. There are small yellow buoys for yachts just outside. St Kats pier is used by charter barges and tourist trippers.
3: Limehouse v diff on the ebb but depends on size.
4:PLA don’t like you lying on their buoys or lighters. They will charge you, unless of course you are having a breakdown of some sort!!
5: depending on your vessel there are 2 visitor moorings at Hermitage community moorings 500 yds below tower bridge on the N side.
6: if u want to use the marinas, get their early and stem the tide.
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Temporarily tying up in London? 23 Oct 2019 18:20 #110863

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Hi all, I'm hoping for some advice. When we come down to London from the upper Thames, we prefer to arrive at St Katharine docks or limehouse at slack high water because for obvious reasons it makes entering the marine locks simple. The first time we came down we did enter Limehouse at mid ebb and it wasn’t easy with the ‘bad eddy’. We havnt tried St kats on mid ebb as St Katharines Pier upstream and the Royal Navy Pier downstream seem to be very close and bashable. So it would be very useful to be able to temporarily tie up somewhere to wait for the locking window.

Ive noticed some really big yellow cylindrical buoys just down from Tower Bridge (not the ones just outside the St Kats lock which they tell me we are too bid/heavy to go on). I’ve also seen similar buoys at interval both upstream and downstream. Are these all PLA buoys? Can anyone temporarily tie up to them? Is there any convention?

To add to my confusion I saw the Lady Daphne sailing barge temporarily tie up to the downstream outer part of St katharines Pier, whereas the SKT marina office told me – no you cant tie up there!

Any thoughts appreciated….
Tim

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