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Very graceful. Double speed stern spring turn still takes a long time, but so much more elegant.Simon thoroughly enjoyed experiencing and can't wait to try it out for himself aboard his own barge. Or perhaps he might try one of the other techniques to turn, it all depends on where he is!Bon voyage Simon now you're qualified with your ICC ... See MoreSee Less
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2 months ago

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Interesting overtake by a LeBoat Horizon today whilst training onboard our barge. Ah well, at least he waved. Happy holidays! 😎 ... See MoreSee Less
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2 months ago

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What an eventful introduction Willem and Charmaine have had to boating in France since arriving from New Zealand. They had a trip to the UK booked to complete their training only to fall victim of the disastrous airline chaos. A chance meeting with a fellow boater over aperitifs (of course) led them to us. A last minute shuffle of diaries, et voila, they managed to complete their RYA inland waterways helmsman and CEVNI with us this weekend. A great opportunity for them to experience the beautiful Canal de la Garonne and begin to master the techniques needed in locks and across an aqueduct plus everything in between.Now they can finally set off on the much yearned for European adventure.A good job they have 'Attitude' 😉 ... See MoreSee Less
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2 months ago

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Phewy, another weekend of scorching temperatures as Europe melted under yet another heatwave. Although used to summer heat back home in the USA, poor John and Jim experienced the ups and downs of boating in the summer. The luxury of being on an air conditioned barge kept fresh and cool whilst underway, and a relaxing lunch in a cool salon /galley after a morning in the dappled shade through the trees. Then the contrast of an overnight stop with no shore power, oh dear, no fans and no air conditioning overnight! But they kept smiling throughout and gained real life knowledge of summer cruising during their 'Barging Experience' and left with their RYA Helmsman certificates and ICC.Bon voyage or perhaps we should say 'Gute Reise' as you head out in Berlin. ... See MoreSee Less
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2 months ago

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Wow what a productive weekend was spent with Kim and Jenny from Australia. Their first time ever on a boat and they did splendid on their RYA inland waterways helmsman training. They also passed the CEVNI with ease despite only having a few weeks to learn it. Now they have their ICC qualification all sorted, and the search for a dream barge begins in earnest. They even managed to do a bit of networking and connecting locally to our advantage - uniting us with another ex-pat who lives 2 minutes away from us, but have never met! Merci beaucoup.Who knows I may get to meet up again at 'Canal Capers' in WA in November/December.Happy barge hunting. ... See MoreSee Less
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3 months ago

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A fantastic weekend spent with Paul and Lesley whilst they undertook their RYA training for an ICC. All successfully completed and now they can take turns at the helm of their own barge which they share with Patrick - Paul's identical twin brother. And yes, Patrick came to us a couple of years ago, so we did have many 'deja vous' moments!Bon voyage everyone, hope to see you in the south in years to come. ... See MoreSee Less
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3 months ago

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Phew! The hottest June day as we topped 40°c. Stuart and Dee coped well in the heat whilst we cooled everyone down as much as possible with the A/C running below deck for brief interludes, LOTS of water and as much time through shady stretches as we could manage.They passed their RYA inland waterways helmsman course and CEVNI with flying colours. Meanwhile, they thoroughly enjoyed their time with the 'front of house' staff (Rosie and Jimmy), even if the pooches were more interested in staying on their own cool mats!Bon voyage to you both and enjoy your first cruise down the Thames ... See MoreSee Less
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4 months ago

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An unusual rescue mission of stowaways before this weeks RYA students can begin their practical training. An occupied birds nest tucked away in our rope coil!Poor Mr and Mrs Wagtail, I hope they find their babies in our neighbours boat. ... See MoreSee Less
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4 months ago

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After a hot and sultry weekend Marc held skipper control at the wheel whilst Nicole enjoyed some tranquillity in the bow savouring the birdsong. Poor Rosie and Jim were not impressed with the seasonal farmers solution to scare birds from the newly planted crops, but heyho, their new friends gave them lots of reassurance once back in the port. Marc and Nicole passed their RYA inland waterways helmsman training and CEVNI test to ensure they qualify for the ICC after much revision and practice. New adventures await - once their newly acquired 110 year old barge is finally relaunched after some essential work in the dry dock is completed. Bon voyage. ... See MoreSee Less
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4 months ago

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Summer is finally here! ☀️ A beautiful weekend for Brian, Karen and Lynn who enjoyed each evening out on our 'petit jardin' after a hot day in the wheelhouse. They enjoyed the cool shade revising for their CEVNI, sitting the CEVNI exam, relaxing and then celebrating when they each passed with flying colours. Congratulations and bon voyage on your individual summer cruising. ... See MoreSee Less
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5 months ago

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Our opening month of 2022 left us a little confused as whether Spring is here or not - April showers had us a little washed out at times, but the sun finally came out.Alex joined us from his own family's hotel barge in central France and manoeuvred us very nicely into the lovely quiet spot at Villeton. Whilst Gilbert and Debra joined us a week later to sample for themselves what barging will be like before heading off in search of their perfect vessel. Gilbert took full advantage of the slight delay waiting for the VNF to clear debris from the écluse gates so we could continue on our way. He persevered to master coiling the rope with success and soon got to grips with the simple trigger mechanism for the écluse whilst Debra confidently took the helm. Is that our favourite restaurant approaching?? We really must book a table there very soon :-).Bon chance in your search for a suitable barge and enjoy rest of your French adventure holidays. ... See MoreSee Less
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5 months ago

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Brrrr! A FREEZING start to the days this weekend, but beautiful crisp, sunny days followed for our first Barging Experience of the year - and the central heating boiler passed its early season test so we were as warm as toast over breakfast 😄Already experienced skippers on their cruiser, Paul and Martine thoroughly enjoyed their time on 'Somewhere' to try out what a large barge would be like before they head off with their [long] shortlist of 'must haves' when searching for their very own barge. Bon voyage and have fun with the future barge hunt - don't forget to leave space for the odd flower pot 😉 ... See MoreSee Less
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6 months ago

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At last, we're underway for 2022. A rather surprisingly chilly couple of mornings for the start of our 'Grande Plaisance; (EGP). Both Jean-Louis and PJ did fantastic and took us to Serignac sur Garonne and back to Buzet the next day to complete their training. Thank you Benoit and Eve for another successful EGP qualification completed. ... See MoreSee Less
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8 months ago

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The new season will be here soon and we have a lot of clients coming! So, preparations begin and we start by having a 2,000 hour service on our engine. This means keeping the professional technician filled with coffee and biscuits! ... See MoreSee Less
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11 months ago

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Well, it's been a shorter than usual season for us, not being able to reopen until May due to Covid 19 restrictions. Our season is now done and our end of year report sees us having negotiated 119 locks and navigate some 775 kilometers - or rather our guests did. Well done one and all and we look forward to meeting many new friends next year as we're almost fully booked until July already! ... See MoreSee Less
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11 months ago

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Some very misty mornings this week with the arrival of autumn, but thankfully it soon burned back to bring beautiful sunny, warm days for our penultimate Barging Experience with Chuck and Linda. After many, many years sailing they're making the transition to canal barging and quickly settled into the different techniques they needed to master and left us qualified to skipper their very own barge. Just a year to wait to begin your very own 'Gulliver's' travels 😉. Bon chance et bon voyage. ... See MoreSee Less
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Dudley and Cheryl found the perfect way to bring their two weeks holiday in France to a close. A lovely hire boat experience with friends on the Canal du Midi followed by a short hop to us in Buzet to complete their RYA Helmsman training and CEVNI test. Now they're good to go with their ICC when they find their perfect barge. In the meantime, they've learned some useful techniques to adopt on their sailboat too.Bon voyage on every nautical vessel! ⚓️⛵️⛴ ... See MoreSee Less
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All round vision is the name of the game in the past few days with Robert. Just what was Steve so intent on focussing on? Whoever, or whatever it was Robert navigated fabulously to achieve his RYA Helmsman and is now qualified for his ICC.Bon voyage Robert, it's a shame we didn't get to meet Jacqueline, but hopefully she's enjoyed sharing your experience vicariously. 🙂 ... See MoreSee Less
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A euphoric Christopher after passing his CEVNI whilst Cindy celebrated rather more quietly. Both were delighted to have completed their RYA Helmsman training which has put them well on their way to realising their plans to move to France aboard a barge in a year or two. Lots of time to search out an ideal vessel whatever length she may be...we may see Christopher back for his EGP if a 20m+ barge steals their heart.Good luck with your search you two and Rosie and Jim say 'hi' to their personal consultant vet 😊🐾🐾 ... See MoreSee Less
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Absolute focus and concentration in the wheelhouse as Charlie and Julie got to grips with their 'bowline' practice. Once mastered they moved to doing it with their eyes closed - may be invaluable in the future if they fall overboard and need rescuing! See you soon you two when you eventually reach Buzet port with your lovely new boat having successfully completed your RYA Helmsman/ICC. ... See MoreSee Less
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