French specialist in canal boat holidays since 1982

1 – How is it possible to rent a houseboat without a boat licence?

You do not have a boat driving licence and are worried about driving a boat?

Rest assured! The handling is quite simple and our staff on the bases will take the time to show you how the different equipment works and introduce you to the maneuvers and docking. The boat works with 2 commands: a throttle lever with 2 positions (front and rear) and a wheel to steer: you see, it is simple!

2 – Do I need to have any navigational experience to rent a houseboat? Will I be capable of maneuvering a canalboat?

Travelling at an average speed of 6 km/h, enjoy your holidays with a peaceful soothing rhythm, gently travelling on the water. Enjoy the scenery from a new perspective and feel free to punctuate your cruise with a fews stops, gourmet, history or sports. There will be something for everyone.

3 – How do you manoeuvre your boat when you cross a barge or another houseboat?

You usually navigate down the centre of the waterway, however when you come across another boat, you have to move to the right and cruise slowly along close to the shoreline. When you come to a canal bridge or a narrow navigation area priority goes to the larger boat, and commercial barges always have priority. Be vigilant and don’t forget to look behind you in case another boat is travelling faster than you and wishes to pass.

4 – What conduct should I adopt when there are anglers along the waterways?

When you pass an angler you need to slow down as much as possible in order to avoid agitating the water near the banks too much. By remaining alert and watching out for their lines you will win their respect and everyone will be happy.

5 – How do I plan my route? What is the speed of a pleasure boat and how many kilometres can I do in a day?

The normal cruising speed of a yacht is about 8km/h and on average it takes 20 minutes to pass a lock. If you plan to use about 4 to 6 hours a day you will cover a distance of between 30 and 40km, not including the time spent at each lock. Therefore you will need to consider all that while planning which route to take and how many days to spend on the boat.

6 – Can I sail at night?

River navigation at night is prohibited because of the difficulty related to manoeuvring in the dark. Also locks are only open during the day; hence your river navigation depends on the daylight.

7 – How long does it take to pass a lock?

The time is takes to pass a lock depends on several factors, including the amount of traffic, but on average it takes about 20 minutes.