Teddington Lock cut, today

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Nice and peaceful. Just right for a spot of pre holiday boat cleaning. And then.........


Plenty of moored boats. The skipper decided to send them all bumping up and down as he speeded towards the open lock gates, then threw the engine into reverse just as he got under the foot bridge in order to slow down. Nice.
 

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He was just as considerate as he passed the kids on the water at the Lensbury..

I've begun to appreciate how good Turks are in comparison.
 
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I don't wish to be controversial and I realise film never really shows a true extent. I have to say that whilst he is fast there doesn't seem to be much wash.
 

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I don't wish to be controversial and I realise film never really shows a true extent. I have to say that whilst he is fast there doesn't seem to be much wash.
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The Thames is not the exclusive reserve of a few part time fair weather hobby boaters,it it still a river where people earn their living.,from hiring out a few dinghies right up to running a dozen marinas or supplying hotel accomodation.It all happens because of the rivers exisitance.
The river will be providing a crust for somebody long after the present transient leisure boaters have gone back to golf or whatever caught their fancy before boating. :)
This curious us and them thing is very common down here as well,although to be fair it comes from both sides.
 

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I don't wish to be controversial and I realise film never really shows a true extent. I have to say that whilst he is fast there doesn't seem to be much wash.

I suppose what you can't see is the big displacement of water that causes boats to move a lot as it passes by rather than big waves.
However agree with OG the river needs these boats so we have to accept they are going to come past and rock us around a bit sometimes.
 

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Just because a private company wants to double the number of trips they can do in a day, it doesn't mean they are exempt form the same rules as the rest of us. I don't have this problem with Turks or Parrs, just Colliers Launches and I'm filming them at every opportunity until the EA tell me they're exempt or otherwise.

It might not look like a lot of wash on film, but in the lock cut I was bouncing around for nearly 5 mins after it had passed.
If that was my idea of boating I wouldn't choose to be on the non tidal Thames.
Passenger boats come past all day, but only Connaught causes red faced boat owners to jump off and grab the side of their vessels.
 

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Last Sunday I was moored at Chiswick Pier. He shot passed just as I was getting ready to depart. His wake bounced all the boats up and down the pier. The noise of GRP against wood was very scary. I managed to sit on the side of the pier and push my boat out with my feet (it's only 18ft so I can just about get away with it), but others who weren't there obviously couldn't do that. The speed limit there is 8kn but he was doing more than that against the tide which meant sizable wake. He could be seen with his feet up on the dash talking to someone on a mobile phone.

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I am no fan of Connaught but the wash did not seem to affect the camera boat at all in the videos.
I was holding the camera, I should have had it in a fixed position in the lock and left it running for 5mins. On other occasions, I've been overtaken by Connaught and experienced the sensation of being lifted in the air and shoved towards the bank.
 

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Connaught has been flouting the speed limit for years, endangering other river users and generally making a (bad) name for himself. Do a search on the Thames Forum for Connaught and you will see some of his past antics....
 

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I've been meaning to take that trip for a long while. The skipper once asked me if I'd care for a fist fight. I should have jumped on board and asked the wife to film that instead.:cool:
 

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As far as I'm concerned the rules of the river are the rules of the river, they apply to all of us.
Being there to make money is as lame an excuse as there may be a rowing boat in trouble.
 
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