Oldgits guide to Thames marinas and closebye eateries.Pt 2.

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Being unable to avail ourselves of our usual destination of St Kats, we was forced to look elsewhere to park the boat in London during the rather nice Easter weekend.Wanting to visit the Soane Museum and the V&A,decided to ring Chelsea Harbour and was told by the very nice young lady harbourmaster to just turn up,hang onto the pier for a bit and she would come and find us.Entrance is fairly tight but once inside realised that the whole thing is very compact with only about 60 boats in total.Wide mix of stuff inside ranging from Trader 54 !!!!!down to some err...projects.
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Whole area is bit antiseptic with acres of black glass all around and a chance glance in the estate agents would enable you you take advantage of a rather nice aprt for rent at only £1750.00........................a week.
Just up the road was the find of the trip a nice gastro pub called the Lots Road Pub,excellent food most of it around a tenner for main dish.
Couple of other resturants within a few mins walk but most seemd aimed at young city types.High street is 15 mins away and it would appear that the A4 ragtop with that big V8 engine or a Porker of some sort is absolutely vital in order to be able to do any light purchasing round here.A Q7 will be needed of course for serious shopping.
The poverty transport choice for the the workers,Fulham Broadway is about 20 weary mins away.
A couple of pixs for those interested
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And a rather good view of the M25.The big boat in the middle was about the swing and tooted the apropriate number of toots,trouble was could not remember which was which,Port of Starboard.Four long and one short.??????
Much frantic searching among assorted bits of paper hinted at which side to go past on.
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Chelsea Harbour charges £20 per night inc power.Tidal window is about 1 hour either side of HW.Nice big clean showers and laundery room.
Ps.Nice and quiet at night apart from being on flight path to Heathrow.
 

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The first and only time it has ever been nice and calm on one of our visits,prob cos early morning and perishing trip boats had not started to cause their mayhem.
Was expecting to see a lot of posh boats up in there but just mix of normal run of the mill stuff and a few live-aboards.
 

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How long did it take you to get there Fred? That bridge certainly looks busy, good job it wasn't the same on the river!
 

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We left Rochester at 9.30 am,caught the last of the ebb down to Sheeerness and went up on the flood to arrive at Chelsea around 3.15 pm.So about 6 hours in total.GPS seemed to be giving about 8/9 knots( mostly the tide doing the work).
Used about twenty gallons each way,giving fuel burn of 3 GPH.Could have used a bit less on trip up but concerned about not making tidal window at Chelsea Harbour lock.As it turned out we had loads of time.
The marina very handy for anybody in transit up to the lock at Teddington,about 1.5 hours further on.
You can arrange to stay overnight on the pier outside the marina.However having seen the moronic antics of a bunch of speeding Thames gin palace owners returning up river after being released from St Kats,would not advise it.The wash created was inconsiderate to say the least.
A Chelsea Morning.
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