Top tips for safer Tide­way trip

RIVER THAMES

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OUR PIC­TURES SHOW Thames tide­way old hands St Pan­cras Cruis­ing Club on their spring cruise from Lime­house down through the Wool­wich Bar­rier and then back through central Lon­don to Brent­ford. But for nar­row­boaters ven­tur­ing onto the river who aren’t so ex­pe­ri­enced, the Port of Lon­don Author­ity has come up with a set of four top Tide­way tips to en­sure that they and their boats are pre­pared for a safe jour­ney on the some­times fast-flow­ing river. The tips are: • En­gines will be work­ing harder than usual, so make sure to check fil­ters, hoses, fuel and oil • Safety equip­ment is im­por­tant in case things go wrong, so check nav­i­ga­tion lights, life­jack­ets, and set your VHF ra­dio to Chan­nel 14 for Lon­don VTS or have their phone num­ber 020 8855 0315 on your mo­bile • Wa­ter ingress: large waves can be en­coun­tered, so check cabin doors, en­gine room vents or any other open­ings • In­for­ma­tion needs to be ready to hand, so check tide times, emer­gency moor­ing lo­ca­tions, and Thames nav­i­ga­tion re­stric­tions in ad­vance.

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