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Old 14-01-2011, 07:26   #1
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Cruisers might be interested to learn that the newish marina at Rouen (at the upper limit of the tidal Seine) is now offering an un-masting/re-masting facility. I am not sure about the level of competence compared to the experienced folks at Honfleur and Le Havre, but they are apparently now doing this on a daily/weekly basis. As indeed they should, because travelling that wide tidal river section (complete with much commercial shipping) between Rouen and the sea, mast-up, is greatly to be preferred.
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We dropped our mast at Le Harvre and had it transported by lorry to Port Napoleon where we met up with it 2 months later. This gave us clear decks all the way. If you're going to keep your mast on deck through the waterways then dropping it at Rouen would keep your decks clear that little bit longer.
Photos show our mast being lowered at Le Harvre, under the Pont Normandie at low tide ready for the tidal push up to Caudebec and Rouen and the pontoon at Caudebec where we tied up for the night breaking the journey up to Rouen.
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If the mast service at Rouen is as good as it seems to be (both from appearances and the reports I've received) then I fear Stephan (at Le Havre) and Frederick (at Honfleur) will see that business decline rapidly.
The key thing is 'keeping the mast up' on the passage upstream to Rouen (or downstream from it). That stretch of river (not to mention the possible coastal trip round from Le Havre to the river itself) is big - big tides/currents, big ships producing big wakes - and it's far preferable to have the 'stick in the air' in those circumstances.
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