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Taking a barge from the Medway up the Thames 30 May 2018 16:54 #99058

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Hello Claire and Peter,

Delighted that you had a trouble free trip.

Bon Voyage!

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Taking a barge from the Medway up the Thames 29 May 2018 22:12 #99033

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Just an update so you know we didn't sink or drown...we did indeed download a free 15-day trial of Navionics - brilliant. We'd have been so lost in Sea Reach 4 without it! VHF course passed and radio licence sorted, ditto insurance. We spent the first night outside the marina in a raging electric storm...exciting...and then caught the flood tide all the way up to Teddington.
Andy, we would have stopped in Cookham, but it was pouring with rain and nowhere to moor up, so we pressed on. Hope to meet you soon though.
Kind regards and thanks for the hints and information. I'm sure we'll be back for more.
Claire and Peter
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Taking a barge from the Medway up the Thames 23 May 2018 19:43 #98911

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Many thanks to both of you for these helpful replies. We are now booked in for a VHF course on Saturday, with exam.
However, the on-line form to licence the radio is very complicated indeed! I think we will take up your offer and call you if that's okay, Andy.
Thank you again,
Claire and Peter

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Taking a barge from the Medway up the Thames 21 May 2018 22:46 #98881

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Hello Peter and Claire,

Luckily for you the trip upstream from Chatham to Teddington is easier than the downstream one. Leaving Gilingham one hour before low water at Sheerness will put you in the best position to make Teddington the same day. For example on Saturday 26 May low water Sheerness is 0505 thus giving you a full day to ride the tide up to Teddington. You might want to help your departure by overnighting at Queenborough in the entrance to the Swale.

You do need a VHF radio, a ships radio licence and an operators licence. to meet PLA requirements for listening to and responding to Vessel Traffic Services.

As your ship has just crossed the channel it is probably mechanically fit for cruise upstream but do make sure you have enough clean fuel.

Teddington to Reading is benign compare to the transit through London but you need an Environment Agency registration which you can buy at Teddington Lock (manned and operated 24 hours a day).

If this is all too strange to you do give me a ring and I will try and explain and if necessary suggest a possible commercial skipper.

Good Luck!

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Taking a barge from the Medway up the Thames 21 May 2018 22:46 #98880

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Hello Peter and Claire,

Luckily for you the trip upstream from Chatham to Teddington is easier than the downstream one. Leaving Gilingham one hour before low water at Sheerness will put you in the best position to make Teddington the same day. For example on Saturday 26 May low water Sheerness is 0505 thus giving you a full day to ride the tide up to Teddington. You might want to help your departure by overnighting at Queenborough in the entrance to the Swale.

You do need a VHF radio, a ships radio licence and an operators licence. to meet PLA requirements for listening to and responding to Vessel Traffic Services.

As your ship has just crossed the channel it is probably mechanically fit for cruise upstream but do make sure you have enough clean fuel.

Teddington to Reading is benign compare to the transit through London but you need an Environment Agency registration which you can buy at Teddington Lock (manned and operated 24 hours a day).

If this is all too strange to you do give me a ring and I will try and explain and if necessary suggest a possible commercial skipper.

Good Luck!

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Andy Soper
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Taking a barge from the Medway up the Thames 21 May 2018 20:22 #98877

Probably not what you want to hear, but were expecting:
I believe it would be illegal to use a marine vhf radio without it & you being licenced.
Have you asked your insurance company about cover for the Thames?
Shame to lose your barge & investment in one go.
The journey up to Reading is not difficult, the key being knowledge of the tides & buoyage on the river. It would be possible to just follow the navionics track on a phone or tablet but definitely not recommended on its own
May I suggest that you ask for somebody with Thames experience and their own vhf radio, and charts to skipper you up - you will have a wonderful trip.
There may be a member who would help or professional people like Jamie Locke: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
A few hundred pounds would give you peace of mind and an enjoyable trip.
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Taking a barge from the Medway up the Thames 21 May 2018 19:40 #98875

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Hello there,
We would like to ask some advice please. We have just had a 19m dutch barge delivered from Amsterdam, and it is moored in Gillingham, where the skippers are sorting out paperwork. Unexpectedly, they need to leave the barge there and return to their other lives. This leaves us in rather a quandary, as we need to move the barge up the Thames to Reading during next week (Bank Holiday weekend onwards).
Our question is: do you think it would be manageable for us to take the barge out of the Medway and up the Thames with some careful planning and consultation with people? VHF radio in place, and some knowledge of how to use it - though no official certification. We haven't driven the barge before (we had a narrow boat). If you think this is not a good idea, could you suggest any vaguely economical way of getting assistance just to get up through the main part of London?
Thank you for any advice you can offer.
Claire and Peter

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