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TOPIC: Where do live aboards with 25m plus Barges over winter in France

Where do live aboards with 25m plus Barges over winter in France 15 Jan 2018 08:47 #96276

If you are considering the south I would suggest Toulouse, Carcassonne or Castelnaudary as being much nicer over-winter opportunities than Buzet-sur-Baise.
My choices have always been based on having only limited other boaters, if any, as I prefer not to be surrounded by a bar room full of English speakers whilst in France! We spent a winter in Vermenton as the only live-a'boards there and found it very quiet and peaceful - but there wasn't much there by way of local entertainment!
Auxerre is a much larger town than St Jean de Losne ( where few people mention how foggy and cold the winter is, Auxonne too and Roanne which is also very cold but with a bit more sunshine).
Good access to public transport (buses, trains, and close to an airport) if you are a non car owner also become important as do proximity of local shops and supermarkets, cinemas, libraries, etc. We found that Carcassonne suited us well in the south (airport there or nearby Toulouse, train station by the port, all shops and entertainments walking distance plus great local bus service to retail parks etc.) and Auxerre in Burgundy (a bit further away from the nearest airport but good trains etc). Both ports have a modest number only of other live-aboards (a few of whom are French) coming and going - so no Friday night sessions at the local bar or whist drives or group parties for cat's birthdays etc etc!
And the good news is that all these places are reasonably priced at around €200 per month winter mooring (perhaps a bit more for 25m) plus electricity (charges vary) from Nov thru March (or April, obligatory at Roanne).
If you get a chance to visit beforehand it is a good idea - people have very different preferences when it comes to moorings. Some want fenced in security, bright security lighting, secure car parking etc - some don't.
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Where do live aboards with 25m plus Barges over winter in France 13 Jan 2018 19:47 #96267

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Hi Paul.

Thanks for your reply, that is exactly what we were looking for the traditional places to over winter where there is a small community of people who over winter on there boats.
As you say we would not like to over winter in a port of dead boats.
We are just doing some research on this at the moment and are very appreciative to everyone who has replied.
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Where do live aboards with 25m plus Barges over winter in France 13 Jan 2018 10:39 #96266

Hi Jonathan
Central France,
Saint Jean de Losne area, Saint Symphorien,. Auxonne, Roanne, Auxarre,. Are all practical places to winter over.
There's more, however the ones above have traditionally others wintering there. I would not recommend living afloat in a port of winterised "dead" boats.
Hope this helps
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Where do live aboards with 25m plus Barges over winter in France 12 Jan 2018 23:20 #96262

If you could list your absolute essential needs, and your wish list it would help.
The range is from a "wild mooring" for free and no services to Paris and pay €8000.
As you travelled along the Maas in Nl you passed a number of free over winter moorings.
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Where do live aboards with 25m plus Barges over winter in France 12 Jan 2018 12:11 #96255

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113 possibilities in the DBA waterways guide (Country 'France', filter 'Overwintering possible') or for a map here

Jonathan wrote: Hi Everyone, just wondering people who stay on there barges all year round over winter in France?

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Where do live aboards with 25m plus Barges over winter in France 12 Jan 2018 10:51 #96251

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When I bought my barge (29m) it was kept at Au Bord de L'eau in Buzet Sur Baise on the canal a lateral la Garonne (between Toulouse and Bordeaux).

It is a lovely small community of a variety of boats, with a nice cafe/restaurant and it is all run by an English chap. I never stayed there in winter however we did stay for a long weekend whilst geting Sirius shipshape for her journey back to England. I really enjoyed the place, the town is quite small though.

Fuel tanker deliveries by road, water and electric on site and showers if needed etc. There is a local wine cooperative that sells wine via a petrol pump device so you can take your own containers or use the ones they sell.

It is the only place in the whole of our journey to Limehouse where we paid mooring fees so cannot comment on anywhere else on our journey.
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Where do live aboards with 25m plus Barges over winter in France 12 Jan 2018 09:23 #96250

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Hi Paul,
Thanks for your reply, I hadn't realised that there were that many places to choose from for over wintering.
It would be great to hear what are the favoured places in the centre and south of France to over winter and why.
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Where do live aboards with 25m plus Barges over winter in France 12 Jan 2018 01:05 #96248

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How long is a pice of string!! The answer is they over-winter all over the place, in very many different places. Yes, there are many more places available for barges of 20 metres to winter and there are even more for ones of around 15 metres. Is your question general or are you wondering which are the more favoured places in the south or in the centre or in the north or wherever? And it is quite possible that some carry on cruising practically all year, particularly where the waterways most used by commercials are navigable all year except for maintenance shutdowns.
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Where do live aboards with 25m plus Barges over winter in France 12 Jan 2018 00:28 #96247

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Hi Everyone, just wondering people who stay on there barges all year round over winter in France?

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