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Simon starts the build of our boat later this month and we will be at Henley on the 16th next week to finalise our design.
The conundrum is what size to go for. We made the decision to go for a 60M, but moorings are in huge demand and short supply. We have found one on the tidal Thames but access is restricted to 4.4m width which makes it a very tight squeeze coming and going but possible with care.
So again we were fairly confident we could stick with the 60M at 4.2 m. That is until you factor in access to the K & A which at Reading is limited to 4.0 m width and an air draught of 2.4 M.
Whilst our plan is to spend only 18 months in London before venturing on to the continent where we intend to travel extensively, we are concerned about the restricted use of the boat in the UK.
So the purpose of this post is to get feedback from as many Piper Dutch Barge owners as possible as to their thoughts on this problem. Hopefully many of you will be at Henley this year and we will get the opportunity of ask your advice face to face.
Thanks for your thoughts. We did meet and we came aboard a couple of times. The Henley event was so useful to us. We finally settled on the 60M and will have to live with the consequences caused by its size.
Should be ready to launch in Feb / March. Tracy mentioned a group flotilla up to the Norfolk Broads next summer which sounds awesome and which we would love to join.
She also mentioned a facebook page. Can you let me know what that is.
I found the EE 4 G broadband and will be looking at giving it a go at least for the first year in London and the SE.
Look forward to meeting up on the river next year.