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11 Apr 2023 19:20 #1 by Peter Cawson
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Russ Whitford wrote: Can't figure out how to PM you. Can you please try contacting me?

Russ - I understand the MP service is down since the new format was introduced.

If it's me you want to contact, try cawson@onetel.com.

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11 Apr 2023 15:13 #2 by Russ Whitford
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Thanks to all who have replied and given us ideas. We are currently cruising our sailboat in the Caribbean. We will be back in Milwaukee in June and plan for our trip. Looking forward to this new adventure.

Cheers,

Popeye (Russ)

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11 Apr 2023 15:11 #3 by Russ Whitford
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Hi Jan,

My wife is going to be in Europe end of September. This is a tack on to her trip. We are considering south France.

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11 Apr 2023 15:09 #4 by Russ Whitford
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Can't figure out how to PM you. Can you please try contacting me?

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24 Mar 2023 16:35 #5 by Peter Cawson
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Yes SJDL offers a fine marina, though the most attractive routes from there (Rhone au Rhin and Bourgogne) require a day or two each way before you get to more interesting waterways. 

The 30 km, 22 lock, 11 hour treck to Dijon is dead straight and dull by comparison with what comes later.  The 23 km 9 lock, 6 hour passage to Dole is not so bad, but again what comes later is so much nicer.  And you need to travel these less interesting stretches at both ends of your rental.  I'd suggest you consider starting at Dole (Nicols rentals) and travel towards and past Besancon.  The Doubs is one of the lovliest rivers in France. In October you should expect rain just about anywhere, but you may be lucky of course.

We travelled the Baise in a boat that had already spent a hard initial life as a Norfolk Broads rental!  We picked it up from Condom.  Indeed the Baise is a beautiful river with ancient towns and villages along the way.  The navigable section of the river is only about 60 km with 21 locks.  When we were there in 2008, it was forbidden for rental vessels to traverse between the Baise and the Garonne.  Our rental was just one week, but you should certainly check this situation if taking a longer rental.and wanting to visit the Lower Lot or Garonne. 

Peter



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  • Rob Davidson
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24 Mar 2023 15:01 #6 by Rob Davidson
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There is one obvious answer that we regulars may overlook - Saint Jean de Losne.  Our very first rental was from here to Besancon and back.  20 years later it is still one of our favorite routes even after having done it many times.  You also get to look at the biggest marina for inland cruising in France.  For extra bonus you can pop down the river to Seurre or Chalon sur Saone.   I think there is not a better place to get a feel for inland cruising.
Rob.

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  • Jan Pieterse
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24 Mar 2023 12:59 #7 by Jan Pieterse
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Russ

the weather after October 7th is not the best cruising weather. Rain and wind will have started in The Netherlands.  Yes hardly any locks !
The weather in the S of France is much better, but then you will be experiencing locks every day.    So why not come earlier ?

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24 Mar 2023 12:52 #8 by Peter Smith
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Rus, this is a very open question. The last time I looked there were more than 100 hire boat bases in Europe. You can search by country, brand ,region or city.
then be honest about how many locks do you want to do, and semi- automatic or fully automatic. In the Netherlands there ma6 be a lock every 25 km, in mountainous France it may be two per kilometre.
 Do you want to see tulips or sun flowers. Or wine and if so what type. If it’s a nice area there are hire boat bases there.
then look carefully at the boats for hire. There is a reputable company with an 8 berth boat for hire, two sleep on the converted lounge. They will need to be kicked out of bed to enable you to check emails while having an early morning croissant and coffee. Then one bedroom has only one meter of headroom, try siting up and pulling on a tee shirt and pulling you zip up. Read the brochure carefully.
With the European rail system access is reasonably easy to the main cruising areas. For the variety available I enjoy the Netherlands , Belgium and north western France. The more research you do the better prepared you will be for an enjoyable rental.

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  • Chris Rowling
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23 Mar 2023 10:30 #9 by Chris Rowling
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Hi Michael and Russ

PM disabled for now, however I do note Russ can get your email (and mine) by looking us up by clicking on the drop down

And the Baïse is accessible for rentals via Buzet. Worth contacting the lock keeper though as it does sometimes gum up, not attended all the time and he will let you know if not suitable for your boat. The Baïse is one of the recommended trips IIRC from Agen Locaboat. Easy port with high speed train access within an easy walk via a historic if rather shabby passerelle over the rail yards (see the tracks through multiple small holes in the metal sheeting) to the canalside road. You then turn right on the train side until near the Locaboat location. 

Heading west is one of the best runs we have done on the Garonne, with a long area of trees overhanging the canal from Serignac to Buzet. The downside is they regularly fall in. Alas our boat is too fat to go up the Baïse so recommendations only by stint of friends renting and our tour by car.   Even with brown water it is a stand out, the mooring in Nérac was particularly memorable. I will let you find the charms of the area in the waterways guides and on your own research.

Regards
Chris

 

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  • Michael Martin
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22 Mar 2023 18:21 #10 by Michael Martin
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Send me a private message. I might have a good fit for you. 

Mike
 

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