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After the sweltering 40°c temperatures last weekend, Victor and Nadége were hoping for some cooler conditions for the EGP on Monday morning. It was cooler...a mere 37° phew!

As they are Toulouse locals we were hoping to get some practice with our French, but having travelled the world extensively and holding a PhD in English they preferred to speak English!

They coped well with the heat and handled 'Somewhere' efficiently through the required manoeuvres before leaving us on Tuesday clutching their all important EGP certificates. They are now eager to cruise aboard their own beautiful 22m barge in the months to come.

Bonne chance avec la nouvelle arrivée début 2020.
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Not a soul moving today. Hardly surprising at a searing 40°c! ... See MoreSee Less

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Rob and Suzy found the intense and sudden heatwave in France just like being at home - well they do live in Dubai!

Time for a relaxing lunch on their two day RYA Helmsman training with us. A great time to ask us their many questions about barging from interior layout, wheelhouse practicalities, self-sufficiency and not forgetting TV/radio options. Their 'shortlist' of requirements for their barge search seems to be getting longer and longer.

Good luck in your barge search to progress the French/New Zealand lifestyle. We hope to see you later in the year for your EGP.
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The weather just about held for Patrick and Mary Lyn from Geneva and they spent three nights with us on the RYA Inland Waterways Helmsmens Course. (Well, it is the south of France!)

It was lovely to meet you and we hope you don't have to wait too long before retiring and finding your dream barge. We shall see you on the longest village in the world before too long!
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1 month ago

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So which of our lucky guests will be able to watch this beauty navigate through the locks this weekend? ... See MoreSee Less

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After four nights and three days hard work Les and Carolyn are one step nearer their new life afloat. Thank you for being ideal students and for your kind words on providing your testimonial (www.bargecraft.com/about/testimonials/)

Good luck with the French lessons and we wish you every success in finding your dream barge.
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The challenges of ropework had musician Perry and actor wife Debbie tied up in knots, but all in the interests of learning the necessary bowline, clove hitch and round turn and two half hitches. Although not as complicated as Perry's intricate finger work on his guitar during our private concert!

We wish you a safe trip home tomorrow to Oregon, USA. Good luck with the summer concerts and studio recording in the months ahead.

Aye, aye Captains. Your perfect barge will be out there somewhere, but sorry, it can't be 'Somewhere' 🙂
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Tony and Chris from New Zealand have spent almost a year renovating their barge and launch day is expected very soon. As novices to the barging world they took time out and joined us to learn how to handle a barge and begin to develop their own crewing techniques.

A whole new adventure awaits them to explore France beyond the limitations of house exchanges they've been used.

Bonne chance et bon voyage. 🙂
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2 months ago

Bargecraft Boat School

Our collaboration for the EGP is working well with another happy student taking the course on their own barge.
Congratulations Steve you’ll be free to explore wider Europe now aboard ‘barge Victoria’, Bon voyage.
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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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