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VHF Radio, Pilotage
Our pilotage service is designed for pleasure craft owners ONLY! Who are wishing to complete the the London Ring with a trip on the tideway, as the tidal Thames is known in London. But don't have the VHF equipment that is now required by the Port of London Authority for powered craft over 13 meters or 30 ft (LOA) length over all. Or who just want to have someone aboard with local knowledge to make the trip more interesting and allow you to become part or the traffic on the river not just a passing obsever. We would recommend an Inward bound trip from Limehouse to Brentford for anyone new to tidal water or rivers.
All the pilots have many years exsperience of the tidway and hold MCA GMDSS radio operators certificates.
There are two options available.
Single vessel pilotage:
The pilot would meet you and your craft at Teddington, Brentford, Limehouse, or Bow with a hand held VHF, up to date relvent PLA M Notices, tidal tables and charts. Discuss the days passage with you before leaving and travel with you aboard your craft until you are safely off the tideway at your intended destination.
FEE: From £90 which includes travel cost to and from your craft.
If your vessel is over 40meters LOA it will be subject to complusary pilotage and you should contact the PLA pilots at Deton Wharf Gravesend www.pla.co.uk
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