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Following a four night stay with us and a three day cruise, Glenn Bechtel from Pennsylvania, USA has just completed his RYA Inland Waterways Helmsman's Course. Leaving us quite early this morning, he is now off to Paris for a couple of days before flying back home. Have a great time Glenn and enjoy the big city! Good luck with your future plans. ... See MoreSee Less

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Alice having a bad day at the office - she doesn't like being caught in the wind. Remember: if you turn your wheel one way, the stern goes towards the other! #watchyourrear! ... See MoreSee Less

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The 2019 season gets fully underway with our first RYA inland waterways Helmsman's guests - Steve and Maria. Attentive students eager to learn in readiness for the completion of their LARGE barge refit in progress at Saint Jean de Losne.

After years of cruising around the world aboard their catamaran, the transition to inland waters is almost complete.

Bonne chance Steve et Maria avec le CEVNI en français. A bientôt les deux pour votre Grande Plaisance.
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Our 2019 season has begun!!

Simon, with his able crew Amanda, successfully completed his EGP (Grande Plaisance) yesterday. Benoit was so impressed with his boat handling skills we just had to celebrate by popping the champagne. Let's hope the sun comes out for our next course ☀️

Bon voyage Simon and Amanda.
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Many thanks to all the lovely people who voted for 'Somewhere' during the recent Christmas lights decoration contest on the Castelnaudary Capitainerie facebook page. We won! 🌟 That said, the whole port looked marvellous with over a dozen vessels making a wonderful spectacle for everyone to enjoy. ... See MoreSee Less

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Food for thought: At the moment, if you are a UK citizen, you are of course an EU citizen and should you wish to obtain a French 'equivalence' or 'permis plaisance', you can simply apply with your ICC. This is normally the first step to obtain the 'extension grande plaisance' providing a licence for unlimited length of vessel.

Once the UK leaves the EU then UK citizens may well have to follow the route of all other non EU citizens. That means no automatic equivalence and as a part of the process, one will have to take the CEVNI test in French at a government test centre as a part of the process. No dates yet, but the time will come... We recommend you consider getting your equivalence sooner rather than later if this is in your game plan.
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We're now almost half way through the winter and are already taking bookings for next season. As it's the end of 2018, we thought you might want to see our annual statistics for 'Somewhere'.

We have travelled a full season with friends and clients:
1,516 kms
687 locks
506.7 engine hours

...and a partridge in a pear tree!

Merry Christmas to one and all and very best wishes in your boating activities in 2019.
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We encountered a rather different barge project last week.

What do you do if you fall in love with a 39m barge and have a berth for her on the Canal du Midi where most of the 80+ locks are only 30m long?!

Simple, you cut the barge in half, weld a bulkhead to either side of the cut (not forgetting to paint scissors to help your crew know where to rejoin her 🤣), persuade your friends (and VNF eclusier) to help, provide plenty of food and refreshment for the physical demands of splitting her, manually pulling her through the locks before rejoining and push on to the next lock - phew, we were exhausted just watching her complete the triple lock 😅.

It will be great to see her morph into the dream home afloat the owner has in mind once she arrives in Toulouse 🙂
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Lisa and Kevin, our last guests of the year, thoroughly enjoyed their three days onboard with us this week getting to grips to barge handling with confidence and finesse. Despite their apprehension building up to the CEVNI, they both passed and are now able to take their own barge, Phoebe Grace off for a gentle cruise.

See you soon once we can access the lower part of the Canal du Midi after the tragic flash floods in Aude.
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Our thoughts are with all those affected by the storm and extensive flooding in Aude region. Several rivers have burst their banks and there are numerous boats and barges at risk as well as over 12 deaths so far. Be careful everyone and please don't take any unnecessary risks. 'Somewhere' ventures down through that area next week should the Canal du Midi be re-opened by then and on to our winter mooring in Capestang. ... See MoreSee Less

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