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Old 23-08-2012, 02:39   #1
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Canals From Northern France To Med

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Thinking of taking the canals from Le Havre to Med, My Sadler 34 has a draft of 1.8m, which according to the script will be OK. Does anyone have an idea of the timescales involved and costs of leaving her tied up for extended periods during the canal journey. Is a holding tank required. I have my ICC for inland waterways.

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Old 23-08-2012, 03:16   #2
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re: Canals From Northern France To Med

I have no idea on any of your questions, but would recommend a read of Sail Far Away by Robert S Carter. A lot of stuff on the waterways in there.
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Hi All,

Thinking of taking the canals from Le Havre to Med, My Sadler 34 has a draft of 1.8m, which according to the script will be OK. Does anyone have an idea of the timescales involved and costs of leaving her tied up for extended periods during the canal journey. Is a holding tank required. I have my ICC for inland waterways.

Andy
A draft of 1.8m will be near impossible especially in summer. Holding tanks are not required. There are several good pilot books on the French canals, browse amazon. But with that draft !!!


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Re: Canals From Northern France To Med

Interested in doing this trip as well. Have you been yet? Experiences to share? Guides? Best routes?
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Re: Canals From Northern France To Med

The Wealth Channel show "A Distant Shore" had several segments on their French canal trip from Le Havre down to the Mediterranean on a Southerly 49 with a variable keel. This latter fact was critical given the canal depths. It gives a good sense of the problems and joys of this trip.
It's a great show, btw.
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Re: Canals From Northern France To Med

Andy,
You may find the answers to some of your questions at the French website for the inland waterways at: Voies navigables de France

Also the UK Cruising Association website had lots of information on the cruising the canals back in 2003 when I was planning such a trip. It appears now you have to join the CA to access that information (not a bad idea). Also they have a cruising guide for sale on the website.

I abandoned my plans for the trip in 2005 when the control depth of the canals got too close to the draft of my boat, 1.6m (5.25'). You need up-to-date info. The depth in the spring is generally greater than that in the summer months.

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Old 31-07-2013, 05:39   #7
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Re: Canals From Northern France To Med

With several mooring spikes you can tie up almost anywhere along hundreds of kilometers of the banks. Barges are frequently left by weekend cruisers etc. For wintering you'd want a marina though. Mind your air draft.
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