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There is a canal route available Brentford - Limehouse but Grand Union Brentford to Southall especially is pretty dirty and shallow and the rest is not amazing.I have some friends who are on the non-tidal Thames for a holiday and are due back down to the coast shortly. Wonder what their options will be. Need to extend visitor's license and find temporary berth to stay on non-tidal, which will not be cheap, or find somewhere below Teddington (Teddington harbour maybe) to moor up for the foreseeable.
Lets hope a solution is found quickly.
I think one can get a lift back in at South Dock MarinaThere is a canal route available Brentford - Limehouse but Grand Union Brentford to Southall especially is pretty dirty and shallow and the rest is not amazing.
Also the air draft question kicks in of course
Smaller boats with lifting keels or small motor boats would be okay but I don't think a fixed keel sailing boat would do well.
Might be ok up to about 3ft 6 ish and air draft around 8ft. No guarantees though.
I did the limehouse-Brentford run earlier in the year on the cut and even then there was quite a bit of weed about so a lot of prop fouling happening. Boat I was on is only about 2ft6 draught and large prop so fouling not a serious concern.
Or road it out of Shepperton to Denton perhaps.
How would that work? I cannot see how travelling in convoy would prevent the bridge falling on a boat.Unless the bridge is really really in iminent danger of collapse, you would think they could collect details of boats needing (not wanting) passage and book limited convoy operation just to clear boats that have to get back somewhere?
It would be a bit like when you encounter one of those road signs that warn of a danger of falling rocks, do you accelerate to get through the danger zone as fast as possible, or slow right down so that you can avoid one if it falls in front of you?How would that work? I cannot see how travelling in convoy would prevent the bridge falling on a boat.