French Canals Sailing - Distant Shores Television

French Canals

France is a dream destination for many travellers, and sailors! We had dreamt of sailing here in our own boat, and even of the possibility of crossing the French Canals with our sailboat. We finally realized that dream in 2011 when we cruised the lovely Brittany Coast, and the spring/summer of 2012 when we crossed France by going up the Seine to Paris and on through the small canals to the Rhone and Mediterranean Sea.

Paris via the Seine River

A dream cruise to Paris up the Seine! Entering Paris on your own boat is a huge thrill!!
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Paris Via the Seine
Aqueduct Crossing

Here is a boatblog on planning the trip

We downloaded this excellent online cruising guide through the website "French Waterways" here We put it on our iPad and had it out on deck as a regular reference during the trip.
They also have a resources page with a comprehensive list of guides for sale (recommended for European Buyers).
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French Canals

The smaller canals were a great part of the trip, visiting small towns and wineries, many interesting locks including a few amazing aqueducts. Here is a segment we have put up from our new Season 9 DVD.
Excerpt from Season 9.
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Exciting to be sailing through Paris right past Notre Dame!
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Lots of Fenders and some well positioned fender boards help out! See my blog on fendering for the Canals
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Loading a case of wine after a winery tour in Burgundy.
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Snugged up in a lock and going up. We have about 6 inches either side in the lock.
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Cute tie-up in Sancerre region. We went to the winery and carried our purchases back to the boat. Also a very nice lunch restaurant right here (at left)
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There are a number of tunnels in the system. This one is 2km long and runs under Paris!
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These were books we used planning the cruise.
Inland Waterways of France
Map of the Inland Waterways of France
Cruising French Waterways
Aboard in France - this is an eBook cruising guide we used in the French Canals
French for Cruisers
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Season 9 Episodes on crossing France via the Seine and Canals to the Saone/Rhone Rivers to the Med here on Vimeo
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