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The Thames............Just asking ?

oldgit

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Are the all the moorings full of boats with long ques at water points or is it more or less life as normal up there. ?
 

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We got back on Tuesday after being away for 11 days. Did 42 locks. Didn't see any pressure on the favourite moorings. Did see boats queuing up for water tho. The link B1 posted regarding keeper availability was mostly accurate aside from Boulters of course. Might be slightly different this coming week as schools mainly break up today. Hurley lock moorings only seem to take club booking so could be worth a go if needed.
 

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We got back on Tuesday after being away for 11 days. Did 42 locks. Didn't see any pressure on the favourite moorings. Did see boats queuing up for water tho. The link B1 posted regarding keeper availability was mostly accurate aside from Boulters of course. Might be slightly different this coming week as schools mainly break up today. Hurley lock moorings only seem to take club booking so could be worth a go if needed.
Thanks for that , appreciated.
Not actually coming round until 1st week in August along with a few other RCC boats, we always travel in packs for protection.
 

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We haven't used a water point yet luckily we have one on our mooring, but there never was a big demand on them anyway.

Lots of minor issues at locks though due to lack of lockies and loads of inexperienced newbie boaters, keep hearing various comments by boaters that the locks are so stressful, traffic levels are back to 80's levels with long queues at peak times made worse by no one being in charge.

But no hurry just have another beer :)
 

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We haven't used a water point yet luckily we have one on our mooring, but there never was a big demand on them anyway.

Lots of minor issues at locks though due to lack of lockies and loads of inexperienced newbie boaters, keep hearing various comments by boaters that the locks are so stressful, traffic levels are back to 80's levels with long queues at peak times made worse by no one being in charge.

But no hurry just have another beer :)
Thanks, really looking forward to coming round, and no listening to that 05.30 shipping forecast and wether its going to pay to put everything on the floor now rather than finding it all there later. !
 

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Heard somewhere that the moorings at Beale Park (nr Reading) are closed off this year.
 

oldgit

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Oldgit never gets that far up, misses all the good bits;)

O yers we did.
Did mention in a post that Beale looked really nice as we cruised up to Goring, just in time to see somebody leaving and a nice gap appear on the absolutely packed moorings...Result. :)
 

OBB

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Taken the No Mooring signs down as staff numbers returned perhaps.
 

Old Crusty

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Are the all the moorings full of boats with long ques at water points or is it more or less life as normal up there. ?
Howard at The Boatshop, Teddington Harbour, opposite the lock, has had an extra delivery of fenders especially for you. Do pop in and make his day ;)
 

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Howard at The Boatshop, Teddington Harbour, opposite the lock, has had an extra delivery of fenders especially for you. Do pop in and make his day ;)
They need to be an assortment of colours and sizes to match what he's got.
 

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Am already using feeler gauges to space the fenders , not sure can squeeze any more along the sides.
Have 3 kayaks to bring round and do like fishing, anything else worth bothering with to annoy the locals apart from learning to row and perhaps swimming. ?
Shall of course be taking up two spaces on all moorings .
 

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Am already using feeler gauges to space the fenders , not sure can squeeze any more along the sides.
Have 3 kayaks to bring round and do like fishing, anything else worth bothering with to annoy the locals apart from learning to row and perhaps swimming. ?
Shall of course be taking up two spaces on all moorings .
Fly a Union Jack, that always raises a few tutts
 

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"The Union Jack, Welsh Dragon, the Crosses of St Andrew, St George and St Patrick and the EU flag are primarily land flags and must not be flown at sea as an Ensign by cruising yachtsmen. "

:)
OGs vessel is entitled to fly a defaced Blue but sadly the budget does not reach such heady heights, due to much expenditure on fenders and beverages.
 

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"The Union Jack, Welsh Dragon, the Crosses of St Andrew, St George and St Patrick and the EU flag are primarily land flags and must not be flown at sea as an Ensign by cruising yachtsmen. "

:)
OGs vessel is entitled to fly a defaced Blue but sadly the budget does not reach such heady heights, due to much expenditure on fenders and beverages.
even better, fly a Union Jack upside down!
 

Old Crusty

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"The Union Jack, Welsh Dragon, the Crosses of St Andrew, St George and St Patrick and the EU flag are primarily land flags and must not be flown at sea as an Ensign by cruising yachtsmen. "

:)
OGs vessel is entitled to fly a defaced Blue but sadly the budget does not reach such heady heights, due to much expenditure on fenders and beverages.
Now look, you don't fly an ensign, you wear one. Flags are flown, ensigns are worn, simples. :p
 
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