I joined the eurocanals board, and have gotten a lot of my questions answered. From what I gather (feel free to correct me):
- It's generally free to moor up, and in fact you have to at night, as transiting in dark is prohibited except under emergency
- Even a 6' draft is manageable on the main waterways, and as you get closer to the sides you can touch ground.
- The height is a concern, but again the main canals offer much more clearence than the smaller ones (go figure!).
docks are few and far between, so you should have a cart of some type for carrying fuel jugs to road petrol stations and back again.
I would like to enter near Marseile, and then exit near Normandy. If possible, I'd like to get the mast pulled in Marseile, and then stored somewhere safe, and as Hans mentioned, shipped to where we're leaving. Hans, do you know if it's possible to find someone that can ship it across the country? The cost might be so high at that point, that it might not be worth it.
I sure hope the US Dollar gets its act together by the time we do this trip!