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Old 27-08-2019, 02:22   #1
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Hi everyone, new here and look forward to any helpful advice.
I am sailing up the Seine in my ETAP 26 called Zingara, currently located upriver of Rouen. I have the books available, but realise there is no substitute for those with first hand experience sailing on the Seine. So any choice moorings / marinas for short stops and longer stays possibly on the hard over winter.
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Old 27-08-2019, 02:31   #2
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I just looked up and found "Fluviacarte.com". I live in France but have no personnel experience with the inland french waterways.
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Old 27-08-2019, 05:18   #5
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thanks but that doesn't help me, there is no anchor woman
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Re: Sailing the French inland waters

Hello anchorman01,

If you will be going into the canals, you will want to remove the mast as there are some bridges with low air draft. Anywhere they take big ships, you can sail. You will mostly have some current against you, and you can always motor sail when you tire of the wind blowing from the bow.

I would look at the guides for the peniches, plan short days at first, till you see how you go. There is often room in the marinas, but you have to phone ahead.

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Ann thanks I took my mast down in Rouen, before motoring another 30 km up river, where it is currently. I return there this week and intend to plan short (ish) days. Did you stay in a marina in Paris? Which is best for a couple or more days?
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^^^^^No, I didn't, but we saw sailboats tied alongside in Paris. There were only a few, and sorry, but I don't know what their arrangements were. [We were guests of friends with a peniche, and it was they who made the berthing arrangements.]

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You are in for an adventure, the French are just coming back from vacation.

Heading upstream turn left after the Ille de la Cite and lock into the Bastille. Folks there can answer a lot of your questions. But, like any great country, they have a few rule and regulations. Here is a link to the Bastille's website with more links- Information / Regulation
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