St Jean-de-Losne where the waterways meet.

We arrived here on Friday from Seurre. Initially we looked for a mooring space on the Quai by the restaurants but there wasn’t a space near to a mooring pin so we headed around into the H2o and Blanquarts marinas and finally found a spot. €13 per night which includes electricity and water. There is a floating toilet and shower block!

The weather has been very changeable. On Saturday evening there was another spectacular storm. One minute it was like this…



Followed by…



imageAnd then…

imageQuite pretty! Plenty of thunder and lightening. Since then the weather has been constantly changing.

Today is Monday and we are planning on leaving tomorrow. We had a meeting with a lady who does marine upholstery as we want to get a Bimini made. We may need new metal work which could cost €€€ so we will have to think carefully about what we require. The boat came with canvas awnings but we discovered they are mouldy and deteriorating so we need something to replace those. We are also working on the name change. We sent off our new ownership papers on Saturday so now we can decide how to replace the name on the outside of the boat.

Tomorrow we are going to head up the Petit Saone towards Auxonne. Ideally we would like to do some ‘wild mooring’ soon so we can save some money on mooring fees. We are keeping a note of our outgoings and have spent more than we expected. Some of that was the 12 days in Chalon when Alan was laid up and the mooring fees there are high. Any savings from now until we fly home would be good!

We have met some lovely people here and we are gathering lots of good info and tips. For instance one of the canals was closed last week when a barge grounded and blocked the way forward. Many boats had to turn around and go back the way they had come. This was due to the shallowness of the waterways. That storm may have helped though. This has been a very warm and dry Spring/Summer so far unlike last year when it rained constantly and was miserable. We have been very lucky with the weather.

St Jean-de-Losne is a busy place for boats. It is situated where the Saone meets the Canal de Bourgogne and the Canal du Rhône au Rhin. The Canal de Centre isn’t far either so it makes sense to winter our boat here in Blanquarts marina this year. Here’s another look at a map of the area we are in. I’m working on how to insert a google map here but so far it’s just doing my head in! A good old school photo of our chart book will have to do 😉


About khodges2013

Alan and I divide our time between our apartment in Christchurch, New Zealand, and our 11.5m Dutch Cruiser, Silver Fern, on the canals in France. We started out hiring and eventually bought our boat in 2014. The two summers lifestyle is wonderful and we feel very lucky!
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