Our licence-free river and canal boats are especially designed to be used even if you have no prior experience and don’t require any specific skills. There’s a wheel (that works just like your car’s steering wheel) and a reverser that controls engine power and both forward and reverse directions. 

A typical day on board a River boat without a licence

With friends or family, during your river cruise on a boat without a licence, there will be many activities: swimming, cycling or walking on the towpaths, discovering monuments and markets of local producers, water sports. Moreover navigation and especially the passage of locks will allow each member to find his place within the crew.

In the evening on the pontoons or mooring ports, you will also have the opportunity to get to know the other renters of boats without a licence. In fact, you will usually be moored near other boats without a licence, so that you can share your experience, tips and other useful addresses.

Timeline of A Typical Day of Boating holiday

Information on a river cruise on board a self drive boat

Sailing on canals and waterways allows you to travel differently, at a quieter pace, away from traffic jams and crowds, while fully enjoying the scenery. River tourism is developing well in France and more and more of you are choosing to rent a boat without a licence to discover a region. Especially since the rental of such a boat is accessible to everyone, since it does not require any specific experience or knowledge. And if you have decided to take a river cruise on board a barge without a licence for the first time, rest assured, everything will go well! You will see, you will quickly be won over by this navigation mode.

Everything you need to know about barge rental

You've never driven a boat before? Or navigated a canal? Don't worry, it's relatively easy! Indeed, the unlicensed barges available for charter have been designed precisely for people with no sailing experience. Their management is therefore simple. A bar, which works in the same way as the steering wheel of a vehicle, allows you to steer. To drive forward, reverse or adjust the power, simply use the single lever. Manoeuvring is also easy. And for locks, our team will explain how they work and how to pass through them successfully during a pre-departure training session. In addition, on site, if a lock operator is present, he or she can help you.

Our advice to make the most of your first cruise

By booking a cruise and boat rental on our site, you will enjoy an unforgettable experience. During a weekend, several days or weeks, you sail on a barge without a licence, in a magnificent setting and discover a different region. And if this is your first time, we advise you not to worry. Flying a barge is much easier than it seems, as one of our team members will explain to you on the day of departure. In your luggage, remember to bring flat shoes with non-slip soles, gloves to protect your hands during certain manoeuvres, rain gear (just in case, you are never safe from a shower) and everything you need to enjoy the sun. We also recommend that you take a travel bag instead of a suitcase that will take up more space. Finally, find out about the places to see and activities to do in the area where you are going. This will save you time during stopovers!

 

 

It all depends what you like doing

  Do you love good food and want to combine your trip with tasting some great wines?

  Is this a family holiday with an emphasis on things for the kids to do?

  Are you interested in history, old buildings and monuments?

  Do you prefer sporting holidays?

 

For each region and waterway we have picked what makes them particularly attractive: just check out the pictograms below:

  For history lovers who want to see lots of historical monuments

  Discovering fauna and flora in the midst of an unspoilt countryside

  The vineyards where France’s most prestigious wines are produced

  Good food and remarkable local gastronomy

  Towpaths are the perfect place for all cycling enthusiasts to enjoy their favourite activity

  Fishing is the best way to relax amongst friends

  Swim in lakes or access the beach directly depending on the region

  Water sports are just a boat ride away

 

Renting a self-drive boat isn’t difficult!

You don’t need a licence to drive any of our river or canal boats.
When you arrive at our base, you’ll first need to complete a few formalities to do with your holiday (sign the rental contract for the canal boat, give your credit card details for the deposit, pay for the options you might have booked). Next our team will explain how your boat works (gas, heating, the fridge…) and then will give you a briefing about how to go through locks and manoeuvre with your river boat, not forgetting vital safety information (signs, reading a river map…) After the briefing we will give you a ‘carte de plaisance’ (a boating permit that you must keep with you throughout your holiday) and all that’s left is to go and get your suitcases and cast off.
 

Going through locks on your self-drive boat

Depending on your destination you will encounter different types of locks during your travels: manual, electric, round and automatic locks. Depending on the region there may or may not be a lock keeper to help you during the manoeuvres. During your pre-departure briefing on how to handle the boat, our team will tell you about the type of locks you can expect to come across and what to do.

Preparing your departure

 Times

Holidays of a week or more:
Depending on the departure base, you will set off on a Monday, Friday or Saturday. We expect you from 3 pm onwards (2 pm at Redon). For organizational reasons, we are not available to deal with you if you arrive before these times.
You will embark between 4 pm (2pm at Redon) and 6 pm.
You must be back for 9 am.

Weekend breaks:
Fridays from 4 pm (2 pm at Redon). You will embark between 4 pm (2pm at Redon) and 6 pm and you must be back by 9 am Monday morning, or 5 pm Sunday depending on the base.

Short week breaks:
Mondays from 3 pm (2 pm at Redon). You will embark between 4 pm (2pm at Redon) and 6 pm and you must be back by 9 am on Friday.

Fuel

Except for long holidays (more than 2 weeks), you won’t need to add any fuel during the trip. In case of very long holidays, we will come and fill the boat up ourselves.
All our boats are equipped with an hour counter which will be read at the start of your trip and when you return: the number of hours use will be invoiced at the going rate: count between €30 and €50 depending on the size of your boat per day. On some bases a fuel advance will be required.

Insurance

Partner CRIS BOAT’s fleet is fully insured, however we hope that you will take good care of the boat and its equipment. The insurance includes accidental damage excess and for this reason you will be required to pay a deposit before you embark. The boat’s insurance does not cover the person(s) renting the boat or the crew, nor does it cover civil liability or personal belongings.


Bond redemption insurance: This insurance guarantees the refund of the deposit, but does not exempt you from paying the deposit before embarking. This is a collective contract: you may consult the terms and conditions upon request).


Deposit: The amount varies depending on the category of your boat. The deposit is paid before embarking to cover damage excess and will be refunded when you return, unless the boat or its equipment has been damaged. Please note this deposit is obligatory even if you take out the optional ‘Bond redemtion insurance’.
Cancellation: Cancellation insurance allows you to receive a refund of the sums paid should you cancel your holiday (see the Terms and Conditions of Hire).

Berths

There is no standard length and width for berths. The average length is 1.90 m, but some beds may only be 1.83 m long.
- Double beds: on average double beds are 1.40 m wide, but in certain circumstances may not be more than 1.15 m.
- Single beds: on average single beds are 0.80 m wide, but in certain circumstances may not be more than 0.65 m wide.
- Berths in the central saloon are convertible double beds.

  Assistance

Wherever you are, should you have any problems our teams of professionals will intervene as soon as possible, 7 days a week.

Inventory

On board: Mooring ropes – lifebuoy - boathook – mooring stakes and mallet – anchorage – fenders - 10-litre bucket - hosepipe - gangway.
Safety: Medical kit – ship’s log – life jackets – fire extinguishers - torch (batteries not included).
Household: Ashtray – scrubbing brush - broom – washing-up brush – coat hangers – brush and pan - WC brush – clothes pegs - basin - dustbin - floor cloth.
Crockery: drinking glasses – table glasses – dinner and desert plates – soup bowls - breakfast bowls - teacups - dishes – salad bowl – coffee jug and filter holder – water pitcher – cutlery tray and cutlery – salad servers – lemon squeezer - teapot.
Linen: Bolsters or pillows – pillow (bolster) cases - sheets – blankets or duvets.
Heating: All the boats are equipped with a forced-air heating system (fuel boiler on some boats, hourly rate to pay back) which allows you to heat the interior of the boat for your own comfort, however it will not enable you to maintain a constant temperature.
The kitchen: You will always have a hob, an oven (except Linssen), a fridge, a sink as well as: a trivet – bread basket – plastic boxes – a tin opener  - a bottle opener – a corkscrew – vegetable knife – kitchen knives  - a ladle – a skimmer – wooden spoon or spatula – chopping board - saucepans – saucepan lids – frying pan – salad spinner- pressure cooker or stew pot - strainer.
Hot water: There is hot water on all our boats if they are designed to be lived in, in fact the motor produces hot water when it is running.  If your hot water tank is empty, all you need to do is to run the motor for a few hours to get a full tank again.
Mains (220V) equipment: Not all our boats have 220V sockets on board, however they all have a 12V cigar lighter type socket. If you have a 12V charger, you will be able to recharge your mobile phone. For devices requiring 220V you will only be able to use them on board if you hire a 12V- 220V transformer (150 W max). 

Manoeuvrability of river boat licence free
Average : 4 étoiles 4/5 (based on 425 review)
All the reviews presented come from customers having made a cruise while booking on the site of Cris Boat France on a boat of a partner company.
By default, reviews are displayed from newest to oldest.

Horizon

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Virginie THUARD

Virginie T   5 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Easier steering thanks to the bow thruster''"

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Alasdair WILSON

Alasdair W   5 étoiles
"Easy bow and stern thrusters"

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Isabelle SAGE

Isabelle S   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :''OK, no problem, super easy''"

Vision

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Pascal JANIN

Pascal J   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :''After a short time of adaptation the maneuver was rather easy.''"

Pierre CORNUZ

Pierre C   5 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Yes when we got to know him''"

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Patrick DRABIK

Patrick D   5 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Super easy with transverse motors''"

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Carine GRAS

Carine G   5 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Very easy and pleasant''"

Penichette

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Charles BOSERET

Charles B   5 étoiles
"auto-translation :''After a few hours of sailing, you master it well.''"

Céline THELOT-GAUQUELIN

Céline T   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Easy to maneuver''"

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Marie-Hélène CHAUVIRE

Marie-hélène C   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :''No problem''"

Damien GOIZET

Damien G   5 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Very simple''"

Vincent VERDIER

Vincent V   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :''No complaints''"

Chris McKENZIE

Chris M   4 étoiles
"Good going forward; large screw to starboard in reverse"

Jean-Marie MEUR

Jean-marie M   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Sometimes difficult for two for the passage of some locks''"

Ludovic DECREQUY

Ludovic D   5 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Very flexible and responsive boat - good size / power ratio''"

Michel KLEIN

Michel K   3 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Lack of responsiveness running rear''"

Stéphane PUGGIONI

Stéphane P   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Proper boat''"

Marie Anne THOUEILLE

Marie anne T   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Easy for the locks''"

Jean-Pierre SCARPELLI

Jean-pierre S   5 étoiles
"auto-translation :"Steering this boat, very nice""

Bruce KLEEBERGER

Bruce K   3 étoiles
"Going astern is difficult with this boat, but this is not needed often"

Michel DOUTE

Michel D   3 étoiles
"auto-translation :"Requires some experience because it has no bow thruster. This adds to the charm of sailing.""

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Catherine ANDRE

Catherine A   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Nothing to report''"

Alain FLEURY

Alain F   5 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Handy, well balanced''"

Dave GRIMSHAW

Dave G   5 étoiles
"Very good with front thrusters"

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Francois SOEURE

Francois S   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Difficult to maneuver in reverse, otherwise flush''"

Chantal-Emmanuelle DESPREAUX

Chantal-emmanuelle D   5 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Very easy and pleasant''"

Gilles ALIZARD

Gilles A   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :''The only complexity lies in the exercise of the stall in case of wind''"

charlotte macarez

Charlotte M   5 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Through the locks was easy. Lock keepers are helpful most of the time. Mooring is more difficult than with a smaller boat.''"

Jacqueline TUITA

Jacqueline T   5 étoiles
"auto-translation :"A little hard at first moorings in the current""

Xavier LEGRAND

Xavier L   3 étoiles
"auto-translation :"The maneuvers are not obvious at first ( especially landing ) .""

Alain RENOUST

Alain R   3 étoiles
"auto-translation :"Heavy""

Francesca HUNT

Francesca H   5 étoiles
"Exactly suited to the type of river"

Gonzalo MOSQUERA

Gonzalo M   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :"A real treat""

Alain JUBERT

Alain J   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :"Ideal template for this course. Mooring by the delicate rear""

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Janet HOWE

Janet H   2 étoiles
"Mooring and locks easy."

Claude DAETWYLER

Claude D   2 étoiles
"auto-translation :''The first maneuvers were more than complicated''"

Claude DAETWYLER

Claude D   2 étoiles
"auto-translation :''The first maneuvers were more than complicated''"

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Colin EVANS

Colin E   5 étoiles
"Easy"

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Frédéric FORGET

Frédéric F   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Great''"

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Patrick VANDERDOODT

Patrick V   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Satisfactory''"

Anne BONNEAU

Anne B   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Rather easy to maneuver, despite its size (14m)''"

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Joelle Meunier

Joelle M   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Easy steering but more complicated without bow thruster given its dimensions''"

SARAH ROBERT

Sarah R   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Very good''"

Péniche F Peniche F

Pierre GARDEY

Pierre G   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :''The thrusters facilitate maneuvers''"

Tarpon Prestige

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Jacques Vernizeau

Jacques V   5 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Precious bow thruster for novices to locks, and navigation that requires to be attentive to stay the course, but it is done very well after the first hours''"

Marie-Rose ROUSSEAU

Marie-rose R   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Well, not too complicated''"

Evgeniia SEMASHKO

Evgeniia S   4 étoiles
"Easy"

Bernard Henry

Bernard H   3 étoiles
"Athletic"

Louis JOUSSELIN

Louis J   3 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Difficult navigation in windy weather''"

CHARLES RILEY

Charles R   5 étoiles
"Easy steering, practice made mooring easier and locks no real problems"

Michel VERHAEGHE

Michel V   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Boat easy , especially with the bow thruster''"

Eric GARIN

Eric G   5 étoiles
"auto-translation :"Like all river vessels , it is difficult to maintain the line , we must be ever vigilant""

Laurent POUGHEON

Laurent P   5 étoiles
"auto-translation :"The steering was easy""

Daniel RONDELAERE

Daniel R   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :"When it's the first time for the locks you have to adapt ...""

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JEAN MICHEL HURTH

Jean michel H   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Pleasant piloting''"

Sylvie et Bruno COLOMBIER

Sylvie et bruno C   5 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Boat very manoeuvrable despite its size''"

David ENGLAND

David E   4 étoiles
"Easy with previous expereince"

Jacques CAVAILLES

Jacques C   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :''We must be careful but it goes''"

Martine GAVALDA

Martine G   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :''We must be attentive, welcome lock-keepers.""

GEORGE JACKSON

George J   3 étoiles
"Generally the passage was good and easy"

Jean Pierre RABOUIN

Jean pierre R   5 étoiles
"auto-translation :"The seats could have been a little more comfortable""

Pierre DING

Pierre D   3 étoiles
"auto-translation :"OK inside bar , outdoor bar very imprecise .""

Robert ALLEMAND

Robert A   3 étoiles
"auto-translation :"Large inertia must be controlled carefully and flexibility""

Roland MARGOT

Roland M   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :"Due to its length , some maneuvers can be difficult""

Jean Paul HAUGUEL

Jean paul H   5 étoiles
"auto-translation :"very handy""

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Maurice STELLATI

Maurice S   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Piloting facilitated by the bow thruster''"

Christian DUCRET

Christian D   5 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Pleasure''"

FRANCK FOREST

Franck F   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Easy but it is also necessary to integrate the 15 meters''"

Réginald de WASSEIGE

Réginald D   5 étoiles
"auto-translation :''No problem''"

Guy DECLUNDER

Guy D   5 étoiles
"auto-translation :''With the bow thruster, we "curl the mustaches"''"

Dominique GARET

Dominique G   5 étoiles
"auto-translation :''No problem.''"

Cathie BENOIT

Cathie B   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Good, great boat, great equipment''"

Jean François USSELMANN

Jean françois U   5 étoiles
"auto-translation :''The bow thruster is really a plus''"

Bernard WHICHER

Bernard W   4 étoiles
"It was easy once we had done some practices and gained some experience . The bow thruster was very useful"

Ken McGREGOR

Ken M   4 étoiles
"A bit difficult in strong wind but we were not very experienced with this kind of boat"

Hubert PONCELET

Hubert P   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :"The bow thruster is very useful on this houseboat""

Mystique

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Laetitia LUNA

Laetitia L   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :''The bow thrusters are a real plus''"

GUY BERNARD

Guy B   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Pretty good! Helped by the bow thruster because the locks on the Baïse are super narrow''"

Cyrille GUICHARD

Cyrille G   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Because of its size the bow thruster is welcome''"

Bernard WIDMER

Bernard W   5 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Nothing to say very well.''"

BRUNO DURCHON

Bruno D   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Good bow thruster.''"

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Sylvie HATTIGER

Sylvie H   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :''A bit wide ... but thanks to the bow thruster all is well''"

Estivale

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Bruno MESSIAEN

Bruno M   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :''No problem to fly it''"

Didier HICKMANN

Didier H   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Easy thanks to the bow thruster''"

Christophe PODEVIN

Christophe P   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Pretty easy despite the size''"

Benoit CARRIERE

Benoit C   5 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Easy''"

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Jean Christophe BERGE

Jean christophe B   5 étoiles
"auto-translation :''No Problem''"

Eric Vaucelles

Eric V   3 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Lacks a bow thruster''"

Joelle Meunier

Joelle M   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :''It was just missing a bow thruster''"

Denis ROCHON

Denis R   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :"Not easy for a first time but everything went well""

Boating Holidays with estivale octo Estivale Octo

Marc ARMAND

Marc A   5 étoiles
"auto-translation :''We had a very responsive crew, who adapted quickly.''"

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Catherine DERENONCOURT

Catherine D   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Reverse step not effective otherwise everything is ok''"

Alastair McDonald

Alastair M   2 étoiles
"Takes a while to get used to"

Vincent MARGOGNE

Vincent M   5 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Very easy to use and easy to maneuver''"

Evan Gardiner

Evan G   5 étoiles
"Easy even for 2 people"

Jean Pierre GOURGAND

Jean pierre G   3 étoiles
"auto-translation:"Carefree , easy boat to maneuver""

Tony CERVIN

Tony C   3 étoiles
"auto-translation :"Very good , easy boat to maneuver""

Europa

Tarpon

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Laurent DUBOIS

Laurent D   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Pleasant, quite easy.''"

PHILIPPE LEROY

Philippe L   5 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Despite apprehension at the beginning, no difficulties were encountered. Simplicity of piloting.''"

Claude GABUS

Claude G   5 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Its dimensions make it easy to master it''"

Frédéric MARCILLE

Frédéric M   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Finally quite simple''"

Michel HARDEGGER

Michel H   5 étoiles
"Easy"

Eric Vaucelles

Eric V   5 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Very pleasant''"

Dominique PETIT

Dominique P   3 étoiles
"auto-translation :''A bit tricky to line up before the locks - the locks go easily with a little usual - bad in reverse -''"

LAURE GIRAUD

Laure G   5 étoiles
"auto-translation :''It's good that there is driving outside''"

David FABRE

David F   5 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Hard the first lock and after all was fine''"

Annie Serena

Annie S   5 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Impeccable''"

Joel PERRET

Joel P   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :''It is a blow to take especially when there is wind''"

Karen CARR

Karen C   5 étoiles
"Great"

Jean Yves LARIDON

Jean yves L   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :''No difficulties''"

Valérie CHIALLI

Valérie C   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :''A bow thruster is missing''"

Christian GALCERAN

Christian G   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :''It went quite well in general except the ammarages in reverse …''"

Henri GRAIL

Henri G   3 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Slightly stressful at the start for a first time''"

Hervé DESBULEUX

Hervé D   3 étoiles
"auto-translation :''It takes a few moment to be comfortable when maneuvering''"

susan bailey

Susan B   5 étoiles
"Easy"

Angélique CACERES

Angélique C   5 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Easy''"

JULIE EASTWOOD

Julie E   3 étoiles
"Can be tricky if water high on the Lot"

Christian LEGRAND

Christian L   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Significant air draft that can make maneuvres difficult when it is windy''"

Jean Paul HAUGUEL

Jean paul H   3 étoiles
"auto-translation :"Lack of bow thruster is felt in the "fine" maneuvers. The engine responds well""

Jean-claude SIMONNEAU

Jean-claude S   3 étoiles
"auto-translation :"Through the locks a little tricky at first, but after no problem""

Olivier NEAU

Olivier N   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :"Boat quite easy to fly""

Valérie CHIALLI

Valérie C   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :"No difficulties in maneuvering with the boat""

Christian BESSONNET

Christian B   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :"Rather easy to maneuver""

Sue JOHNSON

Sue J   4 étoiles
"Good but took a lot of practice"

IAN HALL

Ian H   5 étoiles
"Fine"

Xavier NEVEU

Xavier N   5 étoiles
"auto-translation :"Boat very easy to maneuver, perfect""

Jean François LAGOUTTE

Jean françois L   3 étoiles
"auto-translation :"It takes time to adapt because of its width, but increased from the time there is more trouble""

JOHN WARBY

John W   1 étoiles
"Absolutely ridiculous"

Xavier HINGANT

Xavier H   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :"No problem""

Yves MICHE

Yves M   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :"A training and all is well""

Jannick BOTTIN

Jannick B   3 étoiles
"auto-translation :"A bow thruster could help when maneuvering""

Dominique TONNEAU

Dominique T   5 étoiles
"auto-translation :"Some difficulties due to first experience river""

MARIE BERNIER

Marie B   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :"With bad weather, it was not easy""

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Anthony DI BELLO

Anthony D   2 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Simple''"

Philippe FOURNIOL

Philippe F   4 étoiles
"Easy"

Pierre LEBAUT

Pierre L   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Perfect''"

Philippe GELLENONCOURT

Philippe G   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Quite capricious in the wind and the current''"

Claude GAUDIN

Claude G   5 étoiles
"auto-translation :''A lot of ease''"

Patrice GINESTE

Patrice G   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Very good behavior''"

Marco DI DUCA

Marco D   5 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Bow thruster = a real plus''"

Joel DIANOUX

Joel D   5 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Very handy boat''"

Cameron CHRISTIE

Cameron C   5 étoiles
"Easy"

Céline THELOT-GAUQUELIN

Céline T   5 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Easy for navigation especially with the bow thruster''"

Patrick FERREIRA DOS SANTOS

Patrick F   5 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Physical but nice that we were 2''"

Yves LECOQ

Yves L   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Luckily we had a bow thruster to assist us for maneuvering on the Lot''"

Jean François ROCHON

Jean françois R   5 étoiles
"Good"

Didier LEMAITRE

Didier L   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :"Fast and enjoyable learning control""

Vanessa LAVAISSIERE

Vanessa L   3 étoiles
"auto-translation :"rudder difficult""

Francis GRENTE

Francis G   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :"Once accustomed , driving is pleasant""

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Patrick AMIAND

Patrick A   5 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Easy''"

Francois TINEVEZ

Francois T   5 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Not too complicated despite the width of the boat''"

Patrick BRARD

Patrick B   5 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Thanks to the bow thruster it is an easily maneuverable boat''"

Jean marc CHATILLON

Jean marc C   5 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Easy to maneuver''"

Christiane HALLOUIN

Christiane H   3 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Despite the bow thruster, it is not always easy to maneuver''"

Claudine ALANORE

Claudine A   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Easy to fly, but a certain amount of adaptation time is required to use the bow thruster.''"

Nadine ALADEL

Nadine A   3 étoiles
"auto-translation :''It takes at least 3 or 4 days to be really comfortable in the maneuvers.''"

Jean Paul HUYGHES

Jean paul H   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Everything went smoothly''"

PAUL ROSS

Paul R   4 étoiles
"Bow booster essential"

Jean-Marie SCHEYER

Jean-marie S   3 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Lock Passage quite tricky because river currents , luckily the boat was equipped with a bow thruster''"

Yuval TIROSH

Yuval T   5 étoiles
"auto-translation :''No problem for maneuvering with this boat''"

Arnaud DURAND

Arnaud D   3 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Maneuvers facilities with the bow thruster''"

Guy THIERS

Guy T   5 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Boat esay to manœuvre''"

Laurent MARTIN

Laurent M   5 étoiles
"auto-translation :"Boat very easy to maneuver""

Céline THELOT-GAUQUELIN

Céline T   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :"Very well especially with the bow thruster""

Anthony GRASS

Anthony G   5 étoiles
"auto-translation :"Very good conduct, unlicensed boat a bit wide for this channel in view of the locks of the template.""

Pascal SCHWEIGHOFER

Pascal S   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :"Boat easy to maneuver, but a little big anyway""

Stéphane FRANCOIS

Stéphane F   4 étoiles
"NR"

Gilles KINDEL

Gilles K   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :"Rather easy to maneuver""

Danièlle ROUSSET

Danièlle R   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :"Relatively easy to maneuver""

Stéphanie PAVARD

Stéphanie P   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :"Impressive in size at first, then with a bit of easy use""

Dominique MAILLET

Dominique M   4 étoiles
"NR"

Alain FLEURY

Alain F   5 étoiles
"auto-translation :"Fine with using the bow thruster""

Canal Boating Holidays with tarpon 32 B Tarpon 32 B

Yves BRACONNIER

Yves B   5 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Very facilitated by the bow thruster''"

Comfort

thumb-confort-900-dp Confort 900 DP

Catherine LOUIS MARTIN

Catherine L   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Pleasant''"

Bruno LEVEQUE

Bruno L   3 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Flying boat with crosswind at the entrance of the locks''"

Francis BRULHARD

Francis B   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Navigation and locks easy with outside steerinf position''"

thumb confort 1350 B Confort 1350 B

Jean pierre SCHNEIDER

Jean pierre S   5 étoiles
"auto-translation :''No problem, especially with the thruster''"

thumb-confort-900 Confort 900

Stephanie MONTSEGUR

Stephanie M   5 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Very simple, pleasant, manoeuvrable''"

Jane Sheldon

Jane S   1 étoiles
"Reverse was awful. We are used to sailing and motoring yachts and this was the worse boat to reverse in all we have encountered."

Virginie MALGUY

Virginie M   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :"No difficulty encountered for maneuvers with this houseboat""

thumb-confort-900-a Confort 900 A

Alexandra JEULAND

Alexandra J   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :''After a good grip, the steering is done well.''"

William WATERS

William W   3 étoiles
"Not very easy in the wind"

Mickael REGNIER

Mickael R   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Simple, no particular problem when passing locks.''"

Olivier MUSY

Olivier M   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Very Good''"

Jean Luc EPAUD

Jean luc E   1 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Lack of power, wind grip''"

Anne Marie SILVESTRI

Anne marie S   5 étoiles
"Very Great"

Serge AUGEREAU

Serge A   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Good maneuverability''"

Jean Paul SIGAUD

Jean paul S   5 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Okay, easy boat to place in locks''"

Gilles DESJARDINS

Gilles D   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :"Easy control""

Raoul TROCHET

Raoul T   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :"Navigation with this boat very well""

Pierrette CHOY-LONGERON

Pierrette C   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :"Houseboat easy to maneuver , the organization of lock keepers on that channel is perfect!""

Emmanuel DURAND

Emmanuel D   5 étoiles
"auto-translation :"Okay , easy boat to maneuver""

Luis SUBIRES

Luis S   5 étoiles
"auto-translation :"No worries go through the locks""

Sylvie SIMON

Sylvie S   5 étoiles
"auto-translation :"Boat easy to maneuver""

Franck LETURQUE

Franck L   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :"No problem , easy even being novice""

thumb-confort-1350-vip Confort 1350 VIP

John Berryman

John B   4 étoiles
"Quite easy for someone with little experience but in the wind a bit difficult"

Thumb Confort 1100 Top 3 Cabins Confort 1100

JEAN MICHEL HURTH

Jean michel H   2 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Reverse very random''"

Bernard SOBEAUX

Bernard S   3 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Difficult to master for a stop on the spot and near the locks''"

Francis DUFERT

Francis D   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Very good for a first experience''"

Loïc ROY

Loïc R   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Sometimes sports with manual locks on the Charente''"

thumb-confort-1100-a Confort 1100 A

Marie-Andrée BILODEAU

Marie-andrée B   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Good size, easy to maneuver''"

Guy SACRé

Guy S   5 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Easy to fly''"

Bruno WERDER

Bruno W   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Although no problem''"

Yves SANCHIS

Yves S   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Well, good boat''"

Sylvain HOGREL

Sylvain H   3 étoiles
"auto-translation :"Rather difficult to keep the boat before the lock""

Philippe MADEC

Philippe M   3 étoiles
"auto-translation :"Difficult for docking and maneuvering of the flat bottom""

Patrick PATUREAU

Patrick P   5 étoiles
"auto-translation :"No particular problem""

thumb-confort-1350 Confort 1350

Gérard MAHEUX

Gérard M   3 étoiles
"auto-translation :"Well, easy boat to handle""

Jean Marc VIDOTTO

Jean marc V   5 étoiles
"auto-translation :"You have to be careful but it's accessible""

Tango

Thumb Salsa A Salsa A

Eric TAUBATY

Eric T   5 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Essential and efficient bow thruster''"

Franck HAREL

Franck H   5 étoiles
"auto-translation :''A good moment of pleasure''"

Michelle MOULIN

Michelle M   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :''No worries''"

Eric COSTE

Eric C   5 étoiles
"Great"

Thumb Calypso Calypso

Alyson FINDLAY

Alyson F   4 étoiles
"Good overall"

Gerard STEPHAN

Gerard S   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :''No particular problem''"

Ian TINGLE

Ian T   5 étoiles
"Easy"

Martine PLANTET

Martine P   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :''No problem''"

Alain BEAUFRERE

Alain B   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Staying on course requires vigilance''"

Nerida GILL

Nerida G   5 étoiles
"Good fun."

Thumb Tango Tango

Georges BARTHELEMY

Georges B   5 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Pleasant''"

Thumb Salsa B Salsa B

Bernard BASCANS

Bernard B   5 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Easy boat overall''"

Michel BRANDINY

Michel B   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Rather handy''"

Elegance

Thumb Caprice Caprice

William WALLIS

William W   4 étoiles
"Parfait"

FRANCIS RAUD

Francis R   5 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Pleasant''"

Sebastien REQUILLART

Sebastien R   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Once we got used to it, and found our organization, the locks were relatively simple.''"

Thumb Elegance Elegance

André GIMENEZ

André G   5 étoiles
"Easy"

Stéphanie DJERIOUI

Stéphanie D   5 étoiles
"auto-translation :''I was lucky to have talented drivers, so no problem on that side''"

Classic

Thumb Crusader Crusader

Guy SACRé

Guy S   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Easy to operate''"

Yannick MORICE

Yannick M   5 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Nothing to blame him''"

Thumb Countess Countess

Arielle PANTHOU

Arielle P   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :''All in all, but a bow thruster would have been a plus for beginners''"

Denis PLENET

Denis P   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Difficult to fly in the wind''"

Thumb Clipper Clipper

Pascal PORTET

Pascal P   3 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Not easy for novices''"

Thumb Grand Classique Grand Classique

Jean-Luc Aviolat

Jean-luc A   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :''After a few hours of adaptation, everything rolls''"

Thumb Classique Classique

Lionel DANSET

Lionel D   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Driving quite easy considering the maritime experience and passage locks well organized apart from Brugges or a Flemish not liking French speaking people has made us lose a total of 3 hours of navigation''"

Thumb Nautila Nautila

Raphaël COMEL

Raphaël C   3 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Taken with the rather important wind making sometimes difficult the piloting. But we were beginners.''"

Linssen

Sedan

sedan-1010 Sedan 1010

Pascal FAYEULLE

Pascal F   5 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Easy piloting and fast learning.''"

Alain VIENNE

Alain V   5 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Very easy''"

Alain PELLOUX

Alain P   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Easy and trouble-free''"

sedan-1170 Sedan 1170

Christophe BODIER

Christophe B   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :''All went well''"

Philippe OLLIVIER

Philippe O   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Very easy but easy to maneuver in reverse''"

Nicolas GIRARD

Nicolas G   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :"Great for maneuvers , once taken in hand""

MICHEL FOORT

Michel F   5 étoiles
"auto-translation :"Well, easy boat to maneuver""

sedan-1310 Sedan 1310

Silvia FOUILHé

Silvia F   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Easy''"

Louis HUET

Louis H   5 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Very good, very good weekend''"

sedan-primo Sedan Primo

Christian LE DUC

Christian L   3 étoiles
"Good"

Suzanne MONTAMBAULT

Suzanne M   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :''The key is to go slow, take your time, never put yourself in danger.''"

Guy NAVARRO

Guy N   2 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Too light compared to the strong winds at this time, complex maneuvers''"

Guy VAN HOLSBEECK

Guy V   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :''It is easy to drive''"

Lionel JACQUOT

Lionel J   3 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Tends to make the top''"

Eric PIQUET

Eric P   3 étoiles
"auto-translation :''A little sensitive to wind''"

Irène VIGIER

Irène V   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Easy boat''"

sedan-1000 Sedan 1000 A

Elisabeth BEDNARZ

Elisabeth B   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Perfect if experienced driver''"

Jean Yves MENAGER

Jean yves M   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Easy steering, very handy''"

Hélène BLEAS

Hélène B   5 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Very easy for locks''"

Xavier DUFOUR

Xavier D   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :''This requires attention . After two locks and a mooring , you feel more comfortable''"

Damien VERHAEGHE

Damien V   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Need to make a habit but after no problem''"

Christèle GUILLOT

Christèle G   5 étoiles
"auto-translation :"Well, easy boat to maneuver, shame that some locks were open oneself between Redon and Nantes on the Nantes -Brest canal""

Robert AUDIN

Robert A   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :"No problem for maneuvering""

Lucien BONNIERE

Lucien B   4 étoiles
"Good"

Canal Boating Holidays with sedan 1000 A Sedan 1000

CHRISTOPHE JANDOT

Christophe J   3 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Good''"

François BONVALET

François B   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Steering rather fine and fun after a period of adaptation''"

Raymonde DARDE

Raymonde D   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :''No problem , easy boat to maneuver''"

Jean Marie LAVIGNE

Jean marie L   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :"No problem for maneuvers""

Canal Boating Holidays with sedan 1310 A Sedan 1310 A

Véronique TROADEC

Véronique T   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Satisfactory, but you have to be at least two at each maneuver. Normal.''"

Yvonne Walsh

Yvonne W   4 étoiles
"Lock passage and mooring difficult at first due to size of boat but got more confident and easier towards the end"

Gérard BELLIER

Gérard B   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :"No problems despite the length of the boat""

Philippe CUTARD

Philippe C   3 étoiles
"auto-translation :"Due to the length of this houseboat , a bow thruster would have helped us to maneuver""

Christine LERICHE

Christine L   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :"Using the lock keepers through the locks""

Olivier DUMESNIL

Olivier D   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :"Easy adaptation after the first stress of the first lock""

EURE ET LOIR CONSEIL GENERAL

Eure et loir C   5 étoiles
"Correct"

Corinne GARREAU

Corinne G   5 étoiles
"auto-translation :"Easy to maneuver , even for beginners""

Yves PICQUENARD

Yves P   3 étoiles
"auto-translation :"A bow thruster would be welcome on this type of boat""

Patrick AMIAND

Patrick A   3 étoiles
"auto-translation :"It lacks a bow thruster for easy maneuvering""

Bruno SOUNY

Bruno S   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :"If handled well , walking back from difficult , especially the first day in La Gacilly , with little width and current""

location bateau sans permis sedan 800 ext 1 Sedan 800

Didier TAPY

Didier T   5 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Boat very manageable''"

Françoise LE FEVRE

Françoise L   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :''The difficulties we met were not related to the boat but the weather conditions: strong currents, storm water …''"

Alain HUBERT

Alain H   3 étoiles
"auto-translation :"Difficult passage through the locks on the Burgundy Canal""

sedan-1160-a Sedan 1160 A

Claudine CRON

Claudine C   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :"Quick start of the barge""

Bernard RODIER

Bernard R   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :"Boat not always very easy to maneuver for an inexperienced driver , particularly in reverse""

Laurence COUDERT

Laurence C   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :"Boat easy to maneuver, more lock operators are good advisers""

Marc ABEL

Marc A   3 étoiles
"auto-translation :"A bow thruster is a plus for the maneuvers , especially because of its length""

Dominique KERMARREC

Dominique K   3 étoiles
"auto-translation :"No problem , just a little difficult for apontages back""

Joachim CARREZ

Joachim C   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :"very Satisfactory""

Jean François DESPREZ

Jean françois D   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :"Tricky navigation on the canals""

sedan-1170-a Sedan 1170 A

Michel BONNERAVE

Michel B   5 étoiles
"auto-translation :"Once taken over , the boat driver as easily as a car""

sedan-1300 Sedan 1300 A

Raymond BERNARD

Raymond B   4 étoiles
"NR"

Haines

thumb-haines-34 Haines 34

Marthe VIALLON

Marthe V   2 étoiles
"auto-translation :"We had problems docking at the start due to some short introduction""

François SCHERRER

François S   4 étoiles
"NR"

thumb-haines-40 Haines 40

Robert AUDIN

Robert A   5 étoiles
"auto-translation :"Amazing !! Barge easy""

Frédéric GIGAUD

Frédéric G   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :"Very easy to maneuver""

Murielle BERT

Murielle B   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :"This has a lot of fun and we really enjoyed""

Christiane HALLOUIN

Christiane H   1 étoiles
"auto-translation :"Boat very heavy - difficult maneuver""

Espade

thumb-espade-concept-fly Espade Concept Fly

Catherine GROSSET

Catherine G   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Getting started quickly enough''"

Patricia JEGO

Patricia J   3 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Mooring delicate in reverse''"

Jean Marc MONNERY

Jean marc M   3 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Not good for maneuvers''"

Madeleine JACOB

Madeleine J   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Perfect but rather tiring''"

Laure CHOUTEAU

Laure C   5 étoiles
"auto-translation :''A helping hand to take but not so complicated with a little patience and experience''"

Agnès CEALIS

Agnès C   2 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Too bad there is no bow thruster …''"

Mélanie FORT

Mélanie F   3 étoiles
"auto-translation :"Easy to maneuver in good weather, wet weather , however , was less clear because the steering position is less suited""

Denis MARIN

Denis M   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :"Boat easy to maneuver""

location peniche espade 930 ext 1 Espade 930

Monique NEUVILLE

Monique N   5 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Simple a little unstable in slow speed for a novice''"

David MARQUE

David M   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Proper boat at the navigation''"

Jean Claude CLION

Jean claude C   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :"Boat very sensitive to lateral wind requires vigilance at the helm""

Françoise PRADEL

Françoise P   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :"Boat without license easy maneuverable""

Catherine LEFRANC

Catherine L   5 étoiles
"auto-translation :"Easy to maneuver""

thumb-espade-850-fly Espade 850 Fly

Charles MACE

Charles M   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :''The passages of locks on the Lot are a bit tiring for two, but that's part of the journey''"

Christian GOLLY

Christian G   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :''No problem''"

Christian Rebetez

Christian R   3 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Light boat , rear maneuver not easy "'"

Thierry MERGET

Thierry M   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Very good''"

Olivier RUSCASSIE

Olivier R   5 étoiles
"auto-translation :"Barge very easy. Maneuvers are possible only with 2 people""

Claude-Eliane LUSTENBERGER

Claude-eliane L   3 étoiles
"auto-translation :"Average""

Patrick MAICHE

Patrick M   5 étoiles
"auto-translation :"Boat very satisfactory workability for a first experience""

Marie-Françoise COMBAZ

Marie-françoise C   3 étoiles
"auto-translation :"Difficult to maneuver for moorings""

Raphaël BROCA

Raphaël B   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :"For a first , a little apprehensive , quickly overcome and at ease very quickly.""

Joëlle MITAUT

Joëlle M   5 étoiles
"auto-translation :"No problem""

Triton

thumb-triton-1050 Triton 1050

Christiane GRASSI

Christiane G   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Simple and pleasant piloting''"

Gaëtan PERRAUDEAU

Gaëtan P   5 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Very good experience and it's all the charm of the houseboat to learn alone''"

Bernard LABBé

Bernard L   3 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Fairly manoeuvrable''"

Armelle MAITRE

Armelle M   3 étoiles
"auto-translation :''After the passage of one or two locks, it was relatively easy; boat a little surprising to master at first!''"

Barbara BARRAU

Barbara B   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Okay, easy boat''"

Jean Michel LIGNAC

Jean michel L   5 étoiles
"auto-translation :"Great, all participated in team""

Pascal DELOISON

Pascal D   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :"Not too complicated, some difficulties in reverse""

Alain METAIS

Alain M   5 étoiles
"Perfect"

Sylvain BEAUNE

Sylvain B   2 étoiles
"auto-translation :"Direction difficult navigation""

Sylvie et Bruno COLOMBIER

Sylvie et bruno C   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :"Steering rather easy""

marie noelle loubiou

Marie noelle L   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :"Easy to maneuver""

thumb-triton-860-fly Triton 860 Fly

Patrick ROUSSET

Patrick R   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :''The grip is fast enough.''"

Sandrine BERNARD

Sandrine B   4 étoiles
"Correct"

Patrick CATHALA

Patrick C   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :''After a first hour, that's better!''"

François EMINE

François E   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :''For a first experience it is rather good, thanks to the nice lockers''"

JEAN MICHEL HURTH

Jean michel H   3 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Reverse not easy''"

Jacques DETAL

Jacques D   3 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Delicate to access to outside steering. Unwieldy railings for landing and no handrails''"

Thierry CHRISTEN

Thierry C   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Not too complicated but requires some logic and organization''"

Eric BILLETT

Eric B   4 étoiles
"After a bit of practice the boat was easy to steer, although in England our boat steers with a tiller."

Walter SCHELLENBERG

Walter S   5 étoiles
"Easy!"

Philippe LACOUR

Philippe L   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Only docking maneuvers with the wind were a bit laborious but manageable''"

Jean Jacques LASHERMES

Jean jacques L   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :''OK, no complaints''"

Florence JANY

Florence J   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Easy to drive''"

Jean-Marc SERVIN

Jean-marc S   5 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Relatively easy''"

William BOUR

William B   3 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Difficult to mooring on certain locks because of strong currents on the Lot ( early season )''"

Jean Louis MOREAU

Jean louis M   5 étoiles
"auto-translation :"Easy to maneuver""

Joel Chautard

Joel C   3 étoiles
"auto-translation :"Difficult the first days of a wind and currents on the Lot""

Bernard ZUNINO

Bernard Z   5 étoiles
"auto-translation :"Perfect, easy to maneuver""

Bernard ANGIBAUD

Bernard A   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :"Facilitated by the full breafing before departure""

Jean Yves SOUPLY

Jean yves S   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :"Easy to use for first time""

thumb-triton-860 Triton 860

Denis CHOUBRAC

Denis C   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Small boat, we manage to master''"

Raynald HOULLIER

Raynald H   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :''The lock keepers have supported us well, easy mooring''"

Alain GUEVEL

Alain G   5 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Very easy to maneuver''"

Jean BROUILLAUD

Jean B   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :''The navigation no problem, passage of lock quite stressful, by cons quite complicated mooring''"

Gilles LAGNEAU

Gilles L   5 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Very simple''"

Alain MAIRE

Alain M   5 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Grip and quick adaptation to the boat. No problem''"

Laurent HERVOUET

Laurent H   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :"Boat easy to maneuver, even two""

Gérard LE ROY

Gérard L   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :"Easy enough""

Jean Luc BLOT

Jean luc B   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :"The passage through the locks is not always very obvious just 2 people""

Evelyne DROUET

Evelyne D   3 étoiles
"auto-translation :"Cockpit tiring for several hours""

Eau Claire

eau claire 1130 1 Eau-Claire 1130

Claude MATHIAS

Claude M   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Nice enough to drive, very friendly lockkeepers'"

Larissa JAUFFRINEAU FORGET

Larissa J   3 étoiles
"auto-translation :''A bit complicated for the inexperienced. Fortunately my friend had already done twice.''"

Gérard LOUE

Gérard L   2 étoiles
"auto-translation :''After adjustment, no problems''"

Laurence DURIF

Laurence D   3 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Requires a bit of experience to be more relaxed (which was the case in the end of the week)''"

Valérie Lietaert

Valérie L   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Always helped by sailors, Lock keepers … no problem''"

Joachim CARREZ

Joachim C   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Easy to maneuvrer with the earlier position of the steering''"

Bruno LE ROMANCER

Bruno L   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :"Simple enough to fly""

André FLOUZAT

André F   3 étoiles
"auto-translation :"I liked because I have flown another boat""

location peniche eau claire 930 fly ext 1 Eau-Claire 930 Fly

Eric TAUBATY

Eric T   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Only negative point, the outside cockpit should be protected from the sun.''"

Nadège QUEMIN

Nadège Q   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Maneuver inside post a bit more complicated than higher position''"

Max LANTERI

Max L   3 étoiles
"auto-translation :"Crosswind , the boat becomes difficult to maneuver""

Michel CHOUMIL

Michel C   1 étoiles
"auto-translation :"Bar big problem apparently experienced technical service . For the rest no worries about going through the locks and for mooring""

Marcel LE DORLOT

Marcel L   3 étoiles
"auto-translation :"Some difficulties in reverse (normal no keel)""

Jacqueline BOUGOUIN

Jacqueline B   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :"No particular difficulties browsing""

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Simon LHUILLIER

Simon L   3 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Very slippery''"

Valerie HOLLIS

Valerie H   3 étoiles
"Hard to manoeuvre in cross winds and currents, but not unexpected."

Philip CADET

Philip C   5 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Very handy''"

Blandine GUYOT

Blandine G   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Not always easy to maneuver in the expectations of locks''"

Christophe HAMON

Christophe H   2 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Not always easy because the cockpit is inside''"

Yves NEUMANN

Yves N   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Easy''"

Wendy SUTTON-PRYCE

Wendy S   5 étoiles
"All fine with this boat"

Robert FOHAL

Robert F   3 étoiles
"auto-translation :''It must be 5 locks to feel more comfortable .''"

Samuel MICHEL

Samuel M   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :"Mooring back a bit difficult when you start""

Dominique VERON

Dominique V   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :"Houseboat easy to maneuver""

Nathalie CAVAGNI

Nathalie C   2 étoiles
"auto-translation :"Delicate for 1st lock""

Vincent BROUIR

Vincent B   2 étoiles
"auto-translation :"Quite suitable for a first experience""

Emilie ROBIN

Emilie R   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :"Our first pass at the lock was a little difficult , but after some advice lockkeepers , the following went well .""

Christine BRAVIN

Christine B   3 étoiles
"auto-translation :"Some difficulties in the outputs of locks , rear tended to touch the hem""

Hervé SEIGNARD

Hervé S   5 étoiles
"NR"

Bruno BERTRE

Bruno B   5 étoiles
"auto-translation :"Well, a little windage""

Alain ROTH

Alain R   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :"Although rather easy to maneuver""

Michel GAUTIER

Michel G   1 étoiles
"auto-translation :"Difficult to maneuver with the wind""

Lucie JOSEPH

Lucie J   5 étoiles
"auto-translation :"Boat very easy to maneuver , even for novices""

Christiane LEBEDEL

Christiane L   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :"Easy enough for a first time""

Philip CADET

Philip C   5 étoiles
"auto-translation :"Perfect, easy to maneuver""

Various

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Régis PAILHES

Régis P   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Easy''"

Jean-pierre MERCADAL

Jean-pierre M   4 étoiles
"Easy"

Anne ELHYANI

Anne E   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Not easy to pass the locks, or to make the steps back''"

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Gérard HOMANN

Gérard H   5 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Very good''"

Jackie NEEVE

Jackie N   5 étoiles
"No problems"

Jean Pascal ACHAT

Jean pascal A   5 étoiles
"auto-translation :"Perfect, easy to maneuver""

Philippe GALLEY

Philippe G   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :"We had some small problems initially, but probably because of our lack of experience on this type of boat.""

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Bernard BRENY

Bernard B   5 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Very easy''"

Kelly HOYLAND

Kelly H   3 étoiles
"Required some practice to do well."

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STEPHANE LE NOAN

Stephane L   5 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Very welcome and help with each lock''"

Sara ABEILLE

Sara A   5 étoiles
"auto-translation :''No problem''"

Arnaud TOURENNE

Arnaud T   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Very nice and reassuring.''"

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Bernard BAILLY

Bernard B   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Requires some experience to maneuver comfortably.''"

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Jean denis MARION

Jean denis M   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Not always obvious to 2''"

Jackie BAKER

Jackie B   5 étoiles
"Good"

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Pedro CAMPO

Pedro C   3 étoiles
"It was easy to navigate and once you know the boat it's easier to handle"

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Marie-Hélène RUTH

Marie-hélène R   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :''The only drawback is the inner position of the bar making it difficult to see the rear completely.''"

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Ian TINGLE

Ian T   5 étoiles
"Very good"

thumb-riviera-1130 Riviera 1130 A

Richard BONNAUD

Richard B   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Easily controllable''"

Anne TAFT

Anne T   5 étoiles
"Very good"

Gilles DESTOUCHES

Gilles D   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Navigation with this boat without problem''"

Serge VIEU

Serge V   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Easy enough , but with the steering wheel centered it would be easier.''"

René LEGRAND

René L   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :"After a few hours I felt "almost" at ease! The passage of locks is impressive.""

Jacques DURAND

Jacques D   5 étoiles
"auto-translation :"Houseboat very easy to manage , even when passing through locks""

Janyce GROLLEAU

Janyce G   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :"Well, especially as we had on board someone who already has his boat license . This has helped.""

Philippe AURAY

Philippe A   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :"Boat quite easy to maneuver""

Guy RINGUENET

Guy R   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :"Boat quite easy in maneuvers""

Boris PERRIN

Boris P   4 étoiles
"No problem"

Christian JOUANNE

Christian J   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :"For mooring and passing through locks , the boat is very docile, it helps a lot""

Canal Boating Holidays with riviera 1130 Riviera 1130

Jacques SOULEBEAU

Jacques S   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Steering position not very good''"

Thérèse DOURMAP

Thérèse D   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :"We never had any problems , but we believe that for people without operating experience , it must be more complicated and stressful.""

location peniche renaud 800 ext 1 Renaud 8000

Jean-Luc SERVAJAN

Jean-luc S   3 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Some difficulties for the rear steps''"

Martine DILLET

Martine D   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :''Okay, practical boat for navigation''"

Benoit DAVID

Benoit D   4 étoiles
"auto-translation :"Simple and pleasant to the passage through the locks""

Sophie GROSSIN

Sophie G   5 étoiles
"auto-translation :"Perfect for a first river experience""

One-way cruises

If you choose a return cruise, you will enjoy a wide variety of landscapes that you can see from different angles and perspectives on your outbound and return journeys. However in some regions one-way cruises are also on offer, which depend on certain conditions and that may have to be cancelled or modified due to unforeseen circumstances. That’s why your one-way cruise and its direction (departure and arrival base) are only confirmed 48h before the departure date. This option is considered as an extra service and therefore gives rise to extra costs.

  Luggage

Let’s start with the suitcase itself: ideally it is best to bring a sports bag or a similar kind of luggage. Space is limited on board and rigid suitcases could well get in your way during the holiday. We advise you to pack light clothes (shirts and swimwear) but just in case to also pack some warm clothes and waterproof garments, depending on the season of course. Trainers are indispensable; in no case should you wear more formal shoes which can not only damage the boat but are positively dangerous on board. Our boats are well equipped so you won’t need a lot of things in your bag. Don’t forget: your camera, batteries and a torch, a pair of binoculars, a pack of cards and something to read.

  Provisions

Water: Your boat’s tank is filled up before you leave. Its capacity ranges from 200 to 1,400 litres depending on the model, which gives you 1 to 2 days’ autonomy. You can fill up at the water points that are indicated on the waterways map that is provided on board.

Electricity: Running the motor for 4 to 5 hours a day will produce enough electricity for a 24h period, however the electricity on board a boat must be used sparingly and cannot be compared to the level of comfort you are used to at home. The power supply is often 12 volt and stored in batteries used to run the fridge. The electricity you produce can power the lighting, ventilation, and sometimes, on boats equipped with 220 volts, the air-conditioning, dishwasher etc. Whether when cruising or connected to a power supply at a mooring, pieces of equipment that use 220 volts must not be used simultaneously (eg: air-conditioning + dishwasher). In some regions, there are not many power hook-ups at moorings, or their amperage may not be sufficient to use the equipment on board. If the boat is equipped with 220V sockets, they can only be used when the boat is hooked up to an external power source. The capacity of the fridges is given for information purposes only and may vary depending on the region.

Gas: A 13 kg bottle of gas is supplied for the heating, hob and oven. On certain models, it is also used to power the fridge. Some Pénichettes® have oil-fired heating instead of gas. No extra bottles of gas are supplied. Oil-fired heating is invoiced at a tariff that depends on the current price of oil.

 In case of flooding or drought

Some rivers and canals may be subject to flooding or a lack of water, mainly in spring and autumn. These events may oblige us to modify the departure base and change your holiday to another waterway. In any event, modifying the departure base or changing your itinerary does not constitute a cancellation and you will not be entitled to a refund.

 Deposits

Before you embark, you will be required to pay 2 deposits: one for the boat and the other for the cleaning service. The boat deposit is obligatory, even if you take out our ‘assurance croisière plus’ insurance policy. Its amount depends on the category of boat; it covers the accident damage excess and will be given back upon your return, provided the boat and its equipment are undamaged. The cleaning service deposit will be given back if the boat is returned in a clean condition. This deposit is not payable if you opt to have the boat cleaned.

Supplements

The only obligatory extra charge is the hourly navigation rate, which is invoiced on your return depending on how many hours the motor has been used. This fixed rate varies from boat to boat and the number of hours cruising. It covers oil and fuel usage. You leave the base with a full tank of fuel and you will usually cruise between 5 and 6 hours a day. The tariff changes depending in the current price of fuel. At some bases you can opt for the Serenity/Liberty/All Inclusive/Package Pack’ which includes the hourly navigation rate and other options.

  Air-conditioning

All the boats are equipped with a forced-air heating system which allows you to heat the interior of the boat for your own comfort, however it will not enable you to maintain a constant temperature. It is however limited to the central saloon and will only enable you to cool down the ambient temperature by a few degrees (2 or 3 at the most) and not maintain a constant temperature.

 The bow thruster

Some boats at some bases are equipped with a bow thruster. These are propellers placed in the boat’s bow so that it may be moved laterally. This thruster makes manoeuvring much easer, however it should be used with caution, especially on canals because of the risk of sucking up mud and pebbles from the bank. If this element breaks down during the cruise, it is often impossible to repair it, in which case you will continue your holiday without a bow thruster. Should the client insist on repairs being made, they will be invoiced. Unforeseen circumstances may mean that the boat with a bow thruster that you reserved is no longer available on the departure date.

 Pets

Pets are welcome on board. A supplement of €35 - €50 will be requested at certain, but not all bases.

  Fishing

You may fish in the canals and rivers as long as you get a fishing permit beforehand. The permit is on sale in fishing shops or on internet. It costs around €30 for a fortnight.


  The rental price includes:

  • The hire of the boat itself
  • The fittings: equipment necessary for navigation
  • Crockery: enough for the number of passengers on board
  • Bedding: sheets, blankets or duvets, pillows and pillowcases
  • Boat insurance
  • Navigation briefing and boating permit (carte de plaisance)
  • Breakdown assistance 7 days a week during business hours at the base
  • Navigation tolls
  • A 13 kg bottle of gas

 

  The rental price does not include:

  • Cancellation insurance
  • The waterways guide
  • The one-way cruise supplement
  • ‘Insurance Cruise Plus’ insurance cover damage waiver
  • The cleaning service
  • The optional cleaning set, tea towels and towel sets **
  • A €780 to €3,250 deposit depending on the boat
  • The hourly navigation rate which includes all the consumables in relation to your holiday (oil, fuel, gas...). Depending on which category the boat comes under, this hourly rate varies from €5.19 to €13.50 per hour actually spent cruising on the waterway.
     

** Included on some boats

Activities
Swim
Swim in lakes or go straight on to the beach depending on the region
River constructions
The remarkable river constructions ( drawbridge, canal bridge, scale of locks, ...)
Gastronomy
The best places to enjoy good food and remarkable local gastronomic specialities
Monument
For all lovers of history and historic monuments
Nature
Unspoilt countryside rich in flora and fauna
Fishing
To relax with friends, there's nothing better than fishing
Water sport
Water sports are just a boat ride away
Bike
Tow paths provide an ideal place to ride your bike
Vineyard
The local areas where France's most prestigious wines are produced