Well done, Martin! You really know how to make a silk purse out of a sow's ear
Thank you for the kind words both of you - Martin already knew I could talk the hind legs off a donkey, John now knows it as well
John will fit in well with the crowd on here - really nice chap, good sense of humour and enjoys a bit of banter.
Montana, the launch site is Hurley Riverside Picnic Grounds SL6 5NE, further details here
http://www.hurleyriversidepark.co.uk/ma ... ic-grounds
Although they state the price as £10, on weekdays I've only been charged £5. The ticket is purchased at the residential park admin office by the entrance (note this is NOT the reception for the touring park campsite, which is about 1 km away). The ticket has a bar code which you insert into the machine before the barrier, which will then lift to let you in. You repeat the same procedure from the inside when you exit ( by 8pm latest or a release charge applies!). There is no height barrier, I went in my 2.9m high motorhome last week.
If your boat does not already have an annual Thames registration, you will need to buy a one day (£11), 7 day (£12) or one month certificate (£42.50) (boats up to 10 sq m)- full details linked from here:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publicati ... on-charges
You can buy these from the lock-keeper at Hurley lock which is close to the slipway or from Marsh lock if heading towards Henley.
The locks are manned until 6pm, if later you will have to operate them yourself.
You will need to complete a form including a statement that you have insurance. If you are in an open boat with an outboard and no cooking/heating facilities etc then you are exempt from the requirement for a Boat Safety Certificate.
Note there is a 5mph/8kph speed limit and (as John will testify!) Environment Agency craft do patrol. The Thames is ideal for a gentle meander - if you want to go hooning at speed then better head for the sea!
Please don't hesitate to ask if you have any further questions.