Having friends on board

Friday 29 June to Tuesday 3 July
St Leger to Chalon-sur-Saone
Friday was a catch up with cleaning the boat, shopping and getting ready for Karen’s friend Linda joining us.

St Leger is a lovely stopping place. It is a Locaboat hire base so has all the amenities. The wifi is sort of okay, but w…

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Wild stop outside Montchanin

Digoin to St Leger-sur-Dheune

Monday 25th June – Digoin to Paray-le-Monial
Lovely late start to the day. Topped up the water tanks. Last shop up at E LeClerc and a visit to Tourist Office for wifi. Mainly to send emails to H2O in St Jean de Losne to set up meetings for a few repairs we need and to discuss the sale o…

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Deep lock on the du Centre

On to Digoin

Friday 22nd to Saturday 23rd June
We carried on along the Canal Lateral a la Loire towards Digoin. Our overnight stop was a wild stop near Gilly-sur-Loire. We thought we would walk into the village, but it was much further away, and nothing there anyway. On the good side there was an artisan micr…

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Crossing aquaduct on Canal Lateral a la Loire

Vanneaux – and back to Decize?

Wednesday 20th June
After a last shop up at the Intermarche, set out from Decize at 1030. Return journey in direction of Digoin much the same, though it was now a lot hotter. Glad we have finally worked out the best configuration for our awnings with the low bridges. Most of the time now we can k…

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Lovely wold stop just outside Decize

Decize - on the Loire

Tuesday 19th June
The marina at Decize turned out to be very good, and not as expensive as I had been expecting. 10 Euros per night including electricity and water and wifi. This time the wifi actually worked! Well on our PCs and my mobile. But would simply NOT work on Karen’s Iphone. Nic…

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River Loire at Decize

Canal Lateral a la Loire

Friday 15th to Monday 18th June
Canal Lateral a la Loire
Digoin to Decize
Digoin is where three waterways meet – Canal du Centre, Canal de Roanne a Digoin and the Canal Lateral a la Loire.

We set out from Digoin, now heading down the Canal Lateral a la Loire, at about 09.30 on the Friday…

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Locking up on the Canal de Roanne a Digoin

“There is nothing – absolutely nothing – half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.” … as the Water Rat said to the Mole in “Wind in the Willows”. And how right he was! I hope I can share the pleasures of boating by recording the trips myself and my wife Karen have taken on the journey to actually buying our boat, and now on our very own Dutch Steel Motor Cruiser, Shangri-La 2.

This blog is an online journal of my various boating activities that have happened over the last few years, from the numerous boating holidays we have taken, some interesting work related events and the journey to buying our own boat

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Latest Adventures

Plans for 2018

Planning for 2018 –   This is quite a traumatic post to write! Originally our thoughts were to continue along the Canal Lateral a la Loire, join into the River Seine and head to Paris. Someone said to me one absolutely has to cruise through Paris on one’s own... read more

Roanne – preparing to winter

Wednesday 9th to Tuesday 15th August Roanne The marina at Roanne turned out to be surprisingly large, and with also then surprisingly little to offer in the way of marine supplies and services! There is a large community of live-aboard boaters moored here, with a bit... read more

Canal de Roanne a Digoin

Sunday 6th to Tuesday 8th August 2017 Briennon to Roanne We were getting very close to the end of our trip so the pressure to get moving was less. And we only had a short way to go to Roanne so decided to spend the morning here in Briennon and head off after lunch. I... read more

Canal de Roanne a Digoin

  Friday 4th to Saturday 5th August 2017. Digoin to Bourg-le-Compte (Wild Stop) Another lovely but hot day on the Canal de Roanne a Digoin. Yesterday, while visiting the aquaduct, we had spoken to the lockie at the next lock, which it seemed was manned all the... read more

Canal du Centre – Digoin

  Tuesday 1st to Thursday 3rd August Paray to Digoin This part of the trip along the Canal du Centre was an easy boating day – 11 kms and 3 locks (vertical drop of 7 metres). We had arranged a 1000 start with Alain the VNF lockie, so all the locks were set... read more

Canal du Centre – Paray-le-Monial

Saturday 29 to Monday 31 July Genelard to Paray-le-Monial Another early start. We got going about 08.45, to be at the first lock at 09.00. We traveled together with a New Zealand boat all the way to Paray. Made it quite easy as they were ahead and entered to locks... read more

Canal du Centre – Genelard

Friday 27th and 28th July Montceau to Genelard We had arranged with the VNF for an 0900 start, as there were three bridges that needed to be raised for us to get going. All went well and we were through the three bridges by 0915. And all the locks were set in our... read more


Monday 24th to Thursday 27th July 2017 Canal du Centre – Locking down Montchanin is at the summit, so to speak, of the Canal du Centre and now we started locking down again. The trip to Montceau-les-Mines was 13 kms and 9 locks with a total drop of 26 metres.... read more

Canal du Centre – St Leger to Montchanin

Sunday 23rd July 2017 Some days are full-on boating days and this was one of them! Lots and lots of locks as well as lots of low bridges. Fortunately the weather was good – not raining, but cloudy with a comfortable temperature. Perfect as we had to have all the... read more

Chagny to St Leger-sur-Dheune – Canal du Centre

Friday and Saturday 21st and 22nd July 2017 Chagny to St Leger-sur-Dheune St Leger-sur-Dheune was touted in the guide book as a good place to stop, and so it proved to be. We set out from our wild stop near Chagny, initially leisurely, but spotted a hotel boat coming... read more

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About Me

My love of boats goes back to my early years when I went on holiday with my parents to Knysna in the Cape. We stayed at a hotel on stilts, and I played in rowing boats and little motor boats on the lagoon.

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