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Old 16-02-2013, 01:38   #1
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Cats in French Canals

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Is it possible to take a Cat through the French Canals from the English Channel to the Med??

I'm thinking beam (5,5m) could be an issue??

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Re: Cats in French Canals

Don't know the beam limit but I do know plenty of old Prouts (Event, early Snowgoose etc) fit.
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Old 16-02-2013, 03:20   #3
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Hi all,

Is it possible to take a Cat through the French Canals from the English Channel to the Med??

I'm thinking beam (5,5m) could be an issue??

J
YES it is possible.....BUT it is very difficult and when the barges come past you have to move to the very edge. Weed, rubbish, ropes etc all get wrapped round the prop.

Take the Biscay route

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Old 16-02-2013, 14:41   #4
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Re: Cats in French Canals

This is the website of the administration in charge of French canals: http://www.vnf.fr/

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Old 17-02-2013, 01:50   #5
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Re: Cats in French Canals

The Canal du Midi/ Lateral et Garonne route is the widest. We took our FP Maldives (5.3m wide) from Port St Louis du Rhone to Bordeaux and that is the widest boat that can do that if you want fenders as well, and boy you really do need fenders. Height off the water can be a problem, from memory you are limited to about 3.3m at the center, decreasing at width as nearly all the bridges are arched. No problem with canal width even with passing 3500 tonnes peniche. Canal depth can be a problem near the canal sides even for a 0.85 m draft cat so to tie up you often have to come in bows first at an angle and loop a warp round a tree of which there are lots.
Very little fuel, water and shops on the canal itself but loads within 0.5 km so a bike is very useful.
The Midi is very beautiful and the whole trip is really enjoyable but you need at least 1 fit person who doesn't mind climbing slimy ladders. The French spend a lot of money maintaining the system so there are quite a lot of closures out of season and particularly in early spring when they repair banks washed out by floods. These closures are on their website. All in all typically French, you cannot understand how they can afford it but are glad they do
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thanks all, Garronne / Midi sounds great (provided one can avoid the celebrity chef barges!)

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