Baris By Boat
Hi all, I see this thread has been going off track a little so I would like to bring it back on track by adding some information.
I sailed from Plymouth to Paris and back to Plymouth in 2001.
We were on a 27ft Moody (bilge keels).
Plymouth-Cherbourg-Le Harve, now the bit you are interested in.
Le Harve- Rouen, Tue 17th July 2001
Left Le Harve Marina sea very lumpy, lots of shallow and banks, tide and wind against us, motor on and only making a couple of knots. Tide against us until Honfluer then easy run. will not make Rouen. Tied up at pontoon overnight near duclair. Arrived Rouen 18th and took the mast down.
Steady progress after this, but with only a small engine and the river current against us it was painfully solw progress.
A good grasp of french language is required for the locks (which we were lacking), but we managed to blunder our way through.
We had a couple of unscheduled stops due to debris round the prop, usually rubble or hessian sacks, we did thump a couple of submerged items (most likley tree trunks), if we were travelling at speed this could have done some damage.
We arrived to the centre of Paris on Saturday 21st July, yes it did take a long time and belive me it felt like it.
We stayed in the marina right in the city centre, it worked out at the pricely sum of £17/ night, this must have been the cheapest accomodation in the city centre at the time!!
We spent a couple of nights here then headed off back, left on 23rd (early) and belive it or not arrived back at Rouen to re step the mast on 25th, going with the current really made all that difference.
The last leg from Rouen to Honfluer we managed in one day and spent the night in Honfluer
This is a truly stunning place and is worth the effort to get there.
We left on 26th early with the fishing fleet, with 10 boats in the lock it was shall we say, interesting! Shashing guys and full of humor and mischief, (they were throwing dead fish at each other).
We arrived back in Plymouth on 1st August after spending some time on the Isle of Wight.
For your trip I can think of only a couple of items you may want to look into.
1, We had to do our CEVNI qualifiation, it was free but we were asked to donate £10 each to the RNLI, (this I was pleased with).
2, You cannot move on the river after it gets dark.
3, You would have to plan your stops and arrange accomodation, unless you plan to sleep on the RIB.
4, I don't know what crime is like there so you would have to leave the RIB at your own risk.
5, A sharp lookout would have to be kept for debris in the water as you would be traveling faster than we were at 5 knots max!!
6, Fuel stops would have to be planned there are a few on the river but you would not want to run out!!
It is in my humble opinion the best way to enter Paris, (by boat). The Marina (Paris Arsenal) is very reasonable and had good facilities although, I don't know what it is like now
We had a book called Paris By Boat, it was a good reference but as you would expect there were some discrepancies, I.E. some shops and services no longer trading etc etc.
If you have any further questions I'll try to answer them.
Silent but deaf-lee