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Shepperton Lawn Lie-over

Posted by PentargonSpringer on December 8, 2017 at 11:15 AM

Dave and Pete and Paul and all

The Weir Hotel Lie-over

Posted by PentargonSpringer on December 8, 2017 at 11:15 AM


... The Weir Hotel in heavy rain as darkness closes in. And away in the morning early for whatever lies ahead ...

THIS ARTICLE WILL HAVE A GLOSSARY OF TERM EVENTUALLY.

I slipped Sunbury wharf with a four and two and puttered gently downstream past The Magpie to port and a moored fleet of river cruisers to starboard til I had cleared them and pulled the tiller over, into a sweeping four and one which planted Pentargon broadside on and convenient to throw a warp around the top bollard of Sunbury lock landing stage. The weather was turning nasty but I was in the lee. Leaving the engine ticking over to charge up the leisure batteries, I took myself topside to empty the lock and open the gates. The way Sunbury is designed, you end up on the 'wrong side' after opening the gates and need to walk the length of the lock to cross over the top gates and retrace your steps on the other side to get back to the boat. Of course those who have loads of crew will not have this challenge. This is a SHNUG event. Back on the wharf, the warp was shipped and the front pushed out before stepping onto the boat to engage the gearbox and give her way. This allowed the boat to proceed gently and diagonally across the open lock, fetching up in the top right corner where the steps are, at Very Slow Speed.


 "Very Slow Speed Mode"  (VSSM) is the solo sailor's best friend and I teach it to my students as a first principle. Whatever a boat can do, it will do it better in VSSM.  Within seconds I've scarpered up the steps (in VSSM!) carrying a centre mounted painter which is very tightly bound to an available bollard.


Normally 'very tightly bound' is not a good idea in a lock, but the boat will be rising once I lift the paddles and the contol panel is close to the top right corner.

sunbury wharf lie over

Posted by PentargonSpringer on December 8, 2017 at 11:10 AM

check atlas and remember hurst park before that

Molesley Lock

Posted by PentargonSpringer on December 8, 2017 at 11:10 AM

wip

Brentford to Kingston

Posted by PentargonSpringer on October 17, 2017 at 2:00 PM

I'm just readying this one for the future!!

Booked to leave Brentford at 1oc tomorrow for Teddington and Kingston.

rain or no rain.

check diary for real date times

Limehouse to Brentford solo Tue 17/Oct/2017

Posted by PentargonSpringer on October 17, 2017 at 1:55 PM

Booked out for 0930.

Out at 0930.

Tower bridge at 1010. on tickover. never raised a rev in anger for the whole trip.

Hammersmith at 1230.

Chelsea Bridge at 1300 and pulled up outside Thameslock at 1330 on the button

to debunk a few theories

and deliver more than three bags full 

and then go in the townside lock to tie up

and

GTFUOI

Charcoal on the Lea

Posted by PentargonSpringer on October 17, 2017 at 1:50 PM

In at Bow at 5.30am up to 'Acne. including a look at Lauries ship.

Then down to Limehouse to take the plastic bags offa the prop to be ready for a 9.30 departure for erm West London?

This bit of fun starts at Brentford where Pentargon was lying over.

Pogue needed to bunker charcoal, lots of it and his LOTS SHOP is in 'Ackney Wick.

The way the tides were timing, the boat had to be out on the river, maybe behind Lot's Ait, maybe tied longside John Kenton for a dawn departure. She came out of Thameslock on a flooding mid afternoon tide, but the flow outside was so strong she could not make against it and had to tie up til the flow slackened, about sundown! Having overnighted alongside John Kenton's "Thames Queen", she slipped early morning and under cover of darkness with the last of the still rising tide to be out on the fairway at slack high, about 7am.

We then had to wait til dawn (well official sunrise if you must be pedantic) because Pentargon has no working nav lights at the moment .

By this time the downflow should be just starting and from then on it was a matter of taking the increasing flow right through London to arrive at Blackwall point at low water. By sticking the nose into Bow Creek and either fighting the outflow of the Lea or going aground or anchoring. the tide would eventually turn and once we had 5m at Silvertown we would have enough water to take up up to the lock at Bow. We had booked the lock through official channels with a date and time. That was the bookwork side sorted. We then established direct comms with the lock-keeper an old friend who knows right well that book plans and tidal reality rarely co-incide.

Between us we decided the best time to come in was on the 5.30am tide. Adjustments were made and we tied up at the lock cottage on top of the flood about 4.30  to let an ebb and a second flood pass us by and ready for a very early entry to the Limehouse Cut. Everything went to plan and we tied up for a cuppa at the magic ring about 6.30 and later went up VickyE20 and onwards to our bunkering. Suffice to say almost 150kg of best quality paraguayan lumpwood was stowed on the roof by 9.30 when we said hello to Laurie Watkins and admired his lovely new (104yo) dutch barge.  

I'm just reserving the blog dates.The stories will come later. (1858/17/10/2017)

Brentford solo descent to Bow Creek

Posted by PentargonSpringer on October 12, 2017 at 4:55 AM

Including almost being rolled by a City Cruiser.

A previous phone call from Lennie to lock in on Weds morning tide. At 6oc!. meant having to go down on Tuesday as there are no [working] nav lights on Pentargon. Sunset is 5.20pm today in London.

Tues.10th October. Sunrise 7.15am BST 

6.20 Tide reaching top at John's boat but still flooding. Cast off at 6.30 and tied up outside Thameslock by 6.45am. Walk to Morrisons for 7oc opening and a bottle of milk and change to canary suit. Cast off at 7.30

Chiswick bridge 8am and Hammersmith 8.30. Albert Bridge 9.30. Tower 10.30 and Cutty Sark 1130 on slack side of the river. For the first time today the engine was revved higher than tickover. 12.10 rounded Blackwall Point in VHF with VTS on Ch14 and crossed over. With some difficulty as the last of the outgoing was on the north side right across Bow Creek mouth. Eventually cleared the lightship about 12.25 at a crawl and then hit the outgoing of the River Lea as the tide was gone from the Creek. Recollections of the Avonmouth entry into Bristol but much more tedious as the wind was competing with the flow to impede progress. 

Could not be arsed by 1oc and I got 17hrs to get to Bow Lock so I tied up and went for a siesta. By 14.30 there was plenty water under the boat and an inward tidal flow. By 1500 Pentargon was off BowLocks but unable to get in due to a very intrusive mudbank and fukn shopping trolley; in exactly the wrong place. But half an hour of faffin abart got the boat alongside and tied after a fashion. The next two hours was spent cleaning up the landing ala lengthsman. The site is in rag order. 

The four hour estimate from Brentford to Bow was well withing compass. I intentionally chose to use tickover all the way. But Greenwich reach and the outflow of Bow Creek put a full hour on the trip. The climb to Bow Locks is entirely down to tide lift, just as is the case at Dartford. 5m actual at Silvertown is needed to float Pentargon outside of BowLock. In the event Lennie arrived early the following morning and had opened the outside gates before 5.30, so befoe 6am I was already trawling up through duckweed scummed Three Mills with an hour and a half to go til sunrise.

later I'll tell you how a city cruiser tried to roll Pentargon over abeam Surrey Quays by powering past with no thought at all for what the bastard probably thought was a fragile narrowboat. And the fuck you attitude of London VTS when I contacted them. The cruiser put up 2m waves and suffice to say I lost only my boathook

Escape from Brentford

Posted by PentargonSpringer on October 12, 2017 at 4:50 AM

Fun in the afternoon as we locked out at 3.45pm but could not fight the flow at the corner to get into The Thames Queen. 

Brentford Stay

Posted by PentargonSpringer on October 12, 2017 at 4:50 AM

So Pentargon spent the day on Lots Ait while Mick went home and Pogue Took a look or two underneath

Kingston Brentford

Posted by PentargonSpringer on October 12, 2017 at 4:50 AM

Seriously bad planning meant we missed the gate at Richmond! Read all about it later.

Shepperton Bottom

Posted by PentargonSpringer on October 12, 2017 at 4:45 AM

Sunbury Molesey K-on-Thames

Beyond Windsor

Posted by PentargonSpringer on October 12, 2017 at 4:45 AM

Staines Laleham (Abbey Molyneux) Chertsey Shepperton top

Beyond Cookham

Posted by PentargonSpringer on October 12, 2017 at 4:45 AM

Maidenhead Bray Windsor

Cliveden and Cookham

Posted by PentargonSpringer on October 9, 2017 at 5:55 AM

And Danny the Man

Cookham and Cliveden

Posted by PentargonSpringer on October 9, 2017 at 5:50 AM

And Danny the man

Henley Sunny Sunday

Posted by PentargonSpringer on October 9, 2017 at 5:50 AM

WIP. on sweat varnish and Kevlar

Heneley on a Sunny Sunday

Posted by PentargonSpringer on October 9, 2017 at 5:50 AM

Sweat, varnish and rowers all over the place

Reading and County Lock

Posted by PentargonSpringer on October 9, 2017 at 5:45 AM

Layover to get bearings and find a library

Further beyond Newbury

Posted by PentargonSpringer on October 9, 2017 at 5:45 AM

WIP Richmond Library Mon 2017-10-09 while waiting for the tide at Brentford


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