Offering unique residential accommodation onboard the vessel you're taking your RYA course on, we can offer you a flavour of what life on the French inland waterways is really like in every way.
Your cabin has a double bed, wardrobe, shelving and drawers for your comfort and convenience during your stay. An en suite completes your privacy and is equipped with a powerful, hot shower.
You also have access to hundreds of films or UK television channels via our onboard system in your cabin, but if you're not too exhausted after a good day's RYA training, you would be more than welcome to join us in the main salon too.
Incidentally, the course doesn't just stop at 17:00 hrs. We are available to go over what you have done during the day or to expand beyond the syllabus in order to discuss any queries you have, e.g. the canal community or for additional tuition, e.g. rope work or splicing etc. In other words, we are completely at your disposal. If you are at all apprehensive of what life afloat has to offer then sharing our experience of this lifestyle may be just what you need.
Our food is home cooked family food, made from fresh local produce as one would expect in France! Unfortunately our training route doesn't usually pass canal-side restaurants, so we hope you'll look forward to eating onboard with us.
Breakfasts are continental or cereal depending on your preference, soft drinks, tea and coffee are provided throughout your stay.
Following a light lunch as we wait for the locks to re-open from their lunchtime closure, we have a few more hours of training until our last offering, which is a filling evening meal , where we hope to end your day with a sense of satisfaction in every way. Jo will ensure you are provided with a home cooked and wholesome meal to enjoy. You will almost forget you're on a RYA training course!
Please don't forget to let us know if you have any food allergies or specific preferences, e.g. if you are a vegetarian or vegan. This can be done via our booking form that is sent to you electronically. Before your course begins, Jo will send you a draft menu for your perusal. Please let us know if there is anything on it that doesn't meet your palette.
Facilities Onboard 'Somewhere'
'Somewhere' is a young barge, built in 2006 by Delta Marine in Warwickshire. She has crossed the English Channel on three occasions, the latter two voyages with her current owners, Steve and Jo. She meets all current safety standards and is fitted with all the necessary equipment required by the EU, including a Class 'A' AIS and electronic navigation and communication systems.
Located immediately forward of the galley area is our main salon. This is an area we invite you to share and relax in with us.
Although on cooler days we would propose to eat indoors, when the weather permits, we always eat on the upper deck, just forward of the wheelhouse in our 'petit jardin'. It's a lovely place to watch the world go by and when passing walkers or cyclists wish you 'bon appétit'...
Our galley area has everything a modern kitchen is expected to hold, including the option for both gas and electric cooking. We even had a dishwasher, but we didn't need two as Steve is well practiced! Today, two fridges enjoy the limited space we find on a barge. Our table can accommodate six people, but our record for an onboard meal is more than double that!
'Somewhere' is fitted with a Perkins Sabre 135 engine and a Vetus 6 kva generator set. Her central heating is provided by an Eberspåcher system, providing hot water to her seven radiators.
Her bow thruster ensures improved manoeuvrability.
She has four Victron solar panels making us quite self sufficient for power in the long hot summers in the south of France.