2015 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

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A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,200 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it would take about 37 trips to carry that many people.

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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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4 Responses to 2015 in review

  1. Tony Richards says:

    I read your blog often lately, it is very well written. One day in the future I plan be on the canals in a boat too. I see you have opted for the modern boat rather than one of the traditional barges. I live in Auckland. Tony

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    • khodges2013 says:

      Hi Tony. Thanks for reading! We decided on a Dutch steel cruiser for a number of reasons including the big aft deck, a good size motor for handling rivers especially in flood (as we found to be a good decision in 2014 on the Doubs River) and of course price. The old barges were too big for us and the newer smaller ones often too expensive. So it was a compromise as most things are. Also what was available when we were looking. Please feel free to ask any questions. It’s a fantastic lifestyle. We love it!

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      • Tony Richards says:

        Hi Karen
        Thank you for your reply, I only discovered it by chance and will fill in the fields below to get notifications if you reply. I think you decision to get the steel cruiser is sensible, a ‘launch’ as Kiwis might call it, or a ‘motor yacht’ as the Americans curiously call them. Of course, initially I had romantic notions about the traditional barges having lived in London many years and often strolling by the canals in St Johns Wood looking at the lovely barges all moored there. But on consideration, France where I want to live and travel, and the boat is the means rather than the reason to achieve that, and on consideration it would seem better to have something modern, compact and affordable – with a good aft deck. The question I have is about purchasing. I plan to travel to France mid year just to look and see. I have already learned a little, from your blog, and others, about the official business and logistics, mooring fees and such, but I would like to make some closer contacts on the ground. Primarily, to work out how much I’d need to get on the water. Can you suggest a broker, or possibly a harbour to visit that might be a good place to start?
        Regards, Tony Richards

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      • khodges2013 says:

        Hi Tony, we like the look of the traditional barges too but they can be expensive, especially paying in NZ$. One of the best places to view boats is St Jean de Losne (pronounced Loan) in Burgundy. It’s a small town but has big marinas with lots of boats for sale. The company H2O sell from there but they have mixed reviews so I suggest you use a broker who speaks English. We used Graham Wharmby from Boatshed Bourgogne and found him to be excellent. He is happy to Skype New Zealand if you want to chat face to face before you go over. He is English but speaks fluent French.
        My email is kthodges@me.com if you’d prefer to email me direct. I’m happy to pass on any knowledge we have gained going through this process. It’s exciting isn’t it?

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