Get VHF ra­dio hire for less

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A NEW VHF RA­DIO hire ser­vice aims to make jour­neys on the Thames tide­way eas­ier and safer – with re­duc­tions avail­able for Canal­Boat read­ers.

Un­der Port of Lon­don Author­ity reg­u­la­tions, craft longer than 13.7m (40ft) nav­i­gat­ing be­low Brent­ford must carry marine band two-way VHF ra­dio. There is an ex­cep­tion for or­gan­ised con­voys with boats in phone con­tact with the lead­ers – but even so, there’s some­thing to be said for be­ing able to lis­ten to reg­u­lar ra­dio safety broad­casts your­self and call Lon­don Ves­sel Traf­fic Ser­vices ( VTS) di­rectly in an emer­gency. How­ever, the £100-plus cost may put boaters off buy­ing a set for a sin­gle trip.

Lindon Lewis Marine is launch­ing a ra­dio hire ser­vice in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the PLA whose as­sis­tant har­bour­mas­ter Jonathan Beck­ett de­scribes it as “a very wel­come ini­tia­tive”. Lindon Lewis is based at Shep­per­ton Ma­rina (handy for those ap­proach­ing from the non-tidal Thames), where boaters can stop to pick up tide ta­bles, and chat to staff who are fa­mil­iar with the tide­way.

The ra­dio sets are of­fered for hire at £25 per week, with an in­tro­duc­tory of­fer of £20 to Canal­Boat read­ers – phone 01932 247427 and quote ref­er­ence CBVHF16.

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