During your cruise
What do we do if we find another boat while we are sailing?
On inland sailing, you always have to navigate in the middle, but when you see another fluvial boat coming, you have to move aside to the right and keep sailing next to the bank. When you pass under a bridge or pass through a narrow, the biggest boat is prioritary, as well as the commercial boats. You must also watch out and look behind regularly, to be sure that there is not another fluvial boat going faster than you and wants to pass you.
When passing fishing boats, you must reduce the speed to avoid turbulences. You will see that respecting this, the good mood will be present.
[faq title="How can be passed the locks through? Is it easy?"]
Depending on the region of sailing, locks can be mechanic, automatic or manual. Mechanic ones will be manoeuvred by a lock keeper, and manual or automatic ones, by yourself, even though there will be a lock keeper at the manual ones to make you pass easier. Passing through a lock is a simple and nice manoeuvre if you follow these basic advises: manoeuvre always slowly, carefully and be patient if there are other boats waiting for passing through. At the manual locks, manoeuvres are easier if there are 2 people minimum aboard.
You will also find itineraries without locks, like the Camargue in the South of France or Norfolk Broads. There are other regions with a few locks, so do not hesitate to contact our commercial service if you need help.
Passing through a lock will be a privileged moment during your cruise. Locks are encounter spots with more travellers with whom to share experiences. When you have passed through a lock, you will know how to pass them all and will see how easy it is.[/faq]
[faq title="What is the locks timetable?"]
Generally, mechanic locks are open within 9 AM and 6 PM, since they are operated by lock keepers, remaining closed one hour at midday for a break. Timetables can vary depending on the season and destination. On the boarding day, you will be given a fluvial guide to consult during the cruise, in which you have the up-to-date locks timetibles. In case of manual and automatic locks, these do not have timetables, since they are operated by sailors themselves. Remember that the night sailing is not allowed. In most of French regions, locks remain closed 3 days a year for national holidays: 1st May, 14th July and 1st November. Although if you think that you may be affected, do not hesitate to consult us before confirming your reservation to give you more information. In any case, you will always enjoy the region on foot or by bicycle.[/faq]
[faq title="Should I pay to pass through locks?"]
Generally locks are free, excepting some destinations, like for example Holland. If you wish you can leave a tip to the lock keeper.[/faq]
[faq title="Will I find bridges during the cruise?"]
As locks, during our cruise we will also find some bridges. Passing under a bridge is simple and does not suppose any danger, but you must follow the indications.
Passing always in the middle and never stop under the bridge. If the bridge is lower that usual, a sign will be shown, be aware that the crew and the boat equipment are correctly placed.[/faq][/faqs]
[faq title="What can we do during our cruise?"]
Aboard the boat and whilst sailing you can enjoy the nature and wonderful landscapes you are passing by, aboard life, pilotage, passing through locks…
During your fluvial cruise, you can moor the boat and go out to discover the surroundings and picturesque villages around the canal/river. You can walk and see monuments, discover the cultural heritage, talk to locals or delight yourself with local food.
In the fluvial guide you will be given before boarding, you can find touristic information about the region and different supplying spots along the itinerary.[/faq]
[faq title="What is the fluvial guide?"]
The fluvial guide is an informative brochure about the itinerary and the environment. With this information you can know where are the closest restaurants to the canal, the supplying spots, villages and their touristic interests… and it will also help you to organise your itinerary and its sections as bridges, locks and their timetables are indicated.[/faq]
[faq title="How do I plan my navigation itinerary?"]
In our Destinations section you can find an informative sheet of each region with touristic attractions and sites to visit during your cruise, as well as the possible itineraries. This itineraries are just suggestions since as long as you deliver the boat in time and at the accorded base in your contract, you can explore as much as you want. So if you find a village or place that you like, you are free to overnight and explore it the morning after.
The navigation speed is approximately 8 km/h, and the average time is 20 minutes to pass through the locks, so normally you will sail between 4 and 6 daily hours, being this the recommended limit to no get stressed during your holidays. This way, you will sail a distance of 30-40 km a day.
We have to recall that it is strictly forbidden to navigate at night, due to the difficulty of manoeuvring in the dark. Plus, locks remain closed the night. Obviously, our boats are designed for the fluvial sailing, so you cannot go out to the sea with them.
Once you have boarded, your only obligation is to be the day of the disembarkment at the base and time previously accorded. So you can decide your itinerary and navigate freely. We propose fluvial maps and itinerary ideas for your comfort.[/faq]
[faq title="Can we carry our bicycles aboard?"]
On all the bases you can rent bicycles and carry them aboard, which is very recommendable because there are footpaths along the canal. However, we do not recommend to carry bicycles for all the crew because they will take a lot of place on the boat. Bikes will be paid on the boarding day, even though it is recommended to book in advance. The price can vary between 30-50 euro per week, in functionn of the departure base (more economical prices for children bicycles). If you prefer you can carry your own bikes without any additional cost.
All bicycles will have a chain and a padlock for security reasons. Depending on the model, you can put them on the upper deck, the prow or the poop. For security reasons, we recommend you always to tie the bikes to the boat while you are sailing or you are not, and whether you are on the boat or you are out. Pay attention to this because in case of theft neither the boarding port nor the rental company will take responsibility for it and you must pay it.[/faq]
[faq title="Is it possible to swim in rivers and canals?"]
Normally, bathing is possible in some rivers, lakes and ponds. However it is not recommended in canals. If you wish a destination where you can swim, we suggest the region of Charente or some destinations with beaches, like La Camargue, Italy or Nieuwpoort in Belgium.
Do not hesitate to consult us if you have any questions.
As an alternative, we inform you that in most of villages you can find public swimming pools where cool yourself off during your cruise.[/faq]
[faq title="Is it possible to fish?"]
The best destination to fish is Ireland, but you can also go fishing in other destinations of France, where it is necessary a fishing licence that you can get at the base itself or in nearby shops. More information about fishing in France, on the next link[/faq]
[faq title="What should we do if the wheather is not very good?"]
The chosen destination will determine the climate of your cruise, but independently of the weather you will have, your holidays on boat will be without any doubt an amazing experience. If it rains, then you can keep enjoying the aboard life with the rest of the crew, disembark at any village to visit the historical heritage or enjoy the typical gastronomy in some of the villages you will find during your cruise. No matter what your itinerary is – there will be always things to see.[/faq]
[faq title="How can I get touristic information about villages that I will see during my cruise?"]
Once you have requested the budget of your destination, you will receive a document with touristic information about the region you have chosen and its villages, as well as some suggestions for your itinerary. This way you can start to plan your fluvial cruise since the first day.
In addition, the boarding day you will have at your disposal the base staff to help you with your questions and suggest you places you cannot miss. You will also find a lot of brochures about the main touristic attractions and on the boat you can consult constantly the fluvial guide with detailed information about restaurants, supermarkets, local celebrations and traditions, supplying spots…[/faq][/faqs]
[faq title="Is there a minimum and a maximum of persons aboard?"]
Danfluvial has fluvial boats with a capacity from 2 to 12 persons aboard. The pilotage and mooring manoeuvres as well as the crossing of a lock must be done by a minimum of 2 persons aged of 18 years old minimum aboard, indispensable requirement to rent all the boats. To handle the boat, you have to be at least 18 years old in the United Kingdom and Europe and 21 years old in Ireland.
Boat models and their distribution are very variated, so you have many options to choose.
Consult here all the boats in function of the destination.[/faq]
[faq title="Can I bring animals aboard?"]
Of course, pets are welcome aboard, under condition of paying a supplement at the boarding. You will not have the typical issue of “where should I leave my dog during holidays?” Take it with you to the fluvial cruise and for sure it will enjoy like one of the group. Now, you have to bring all the necessary for your pet and be careful especially passing through the locks. For further information, do not hesitate to consult us.[/faq]
[faq title="Can children go aboard? Is it safe?"]
Of course children can go aboard, all the boats are provided with all the necessary security to the circulation on the boat and is completely safe.
On the other hand, we recommend you that, if there are children aboard, they must always wear the safety jacket when they go on the deck of the boat and be accompanied by an adult. Plus, if you travel with minors of 16 you will get special discounts among a selection of boats. Consult the family special offer.[/faq][/faqs]
Most of the boats are not equiped of 220v, however all the boats are provided of a 12v plug like those in cars. For devices working with a 220v current, you can rent a 12v-220v converter to use it aboard or take advantage of the electricity spots that exist on the ports you will find along the canal. These ports are indicated in the fluvial guide you will be given on the boarding day.[/faq]
[faq title="How much does the fuel cost?"]
As well as when we rent a car, the boat is delivered with the gas tank full, this way the client pays what they consume. (Normally, the tank must last the whole cruise, no need to be refilled, since it has an autonomy of around 2 weeks).
In France, Italy, Germany, Belgium and Holland, and others, our charges are based on “engine hours” (time you used the engine). In the United Kingdom, Scotland and Ireland, you will pay the gas per litre. You have to pay this supplement in local currency and it will depend on the price of the gas. For this, the price is subject to changes that vary between 7 and 13 euro depending on the boat model and the destination. If you wish to know the price of any model in particular do not hesitate to consult us.
From some ports, you must leave a deposit to pay the gas before the boarding (approximately 220 €/one week). At the end of your fluvial holidays, you will be given the difference or you will pay it depending on the case.[/faq]
[faq title="What is the boat water capacity for? Is it potable water? If it empties, how and where do I fill it up?"]
When you go aboard, you will have the water tank full.
The boat water capacity depends on the boat size, but generally it covers between 2 and 3 days of sailing with a reasonable consumption (shower and WC, kitchen…). You must stop during the cruise at any of the ports to fill the tank up, we recommend you to stop almost daily to fill it up to avoid any surprise. This service has normally a not very high additional cost and it varies depending on the port.
There are supplying spots along the canal and are indicated in the fluvial guide, so you will not have any problem to find them.
Water is potable, but it is recommended to keep it for domestic use and not to drink it.[/faq]
[faq title="Where can I moor? Do I have to pay?"]
You can stop and moor your boat when and wherever you prefer – on a port or in the middle of the nature, as long as there is no sign indicating the contrary. Along the cruise you will find a lot of places in the middle of the nature. Aboard the boat you will find all the necessary to moor next to the canal in the nature following the indications that were given to you before boarding. However, if you prefer more comfort, you can moor on private ports. When you leave the boat moored to go visiting, make sure that the engine is correctly off and that the boat is locked. The mooring expenses often include water, electricity and can vary depending on its location (some include additional services like: laundry, showers, supermarket, …) Its cost can vary between 10 and 15 €/day.[/faq]
[faq title="What to do in case of breakdown or any other issue?"]
All the bases have an emergency phone and a 24-hours technician. In case of issue do not hesitate to contact the base, they will be ready to help you.
Accidents are not frequent and, generally, without importance due to the limited speed of the fluvial boats. However, you must be careful during the navigation and take turns to pilote.[/faq][/faqs]
[faq title="What does and does not include the rental price?"]
The price includes:
- Sheets and covers. Excepting some models more economical from the Budget range that does not include sheets. In that case you will be informed during the booking confirmation.
- Towels: some boat models include them and others not. In case that they do not include them, we will inform you during the booking confirmation and you can bring yours or rent them there on the boarding day.
- All the boats have heating system and have hot water thanks to the engine. Only some high range boats propose air conditioning (consult us).
- Initiation course and basic instructions to pilote and moor the boat provided by the base staff on the boarding day. Information about navigation.
- The boat interior equipment, that is, the furniture, kitchen tools and dinner service are included. Electronic devices (microwave, television, oven, radio…) as well as the exterior equipment (furniture, sunshades, griddle, barbecue…), will depend on the chosen boat model. Find more detailed information in the sheet of each boat model on our website or consult us.
The rental price does not include:
- Gas. This supplement is not included in the price since it will be invoiced the last day in function to sailed hours. Neither is the cost to fill the water tank up nor the electricity on ports.
- Boat insurance.
- Boat deposit. It vary between 800 and 2600 euro depending on the boat model. Depending on the destination it may be left by credit card or in cash. At the end of the cruise it will be given to you back as long as the boat is in good conditions, as well as the furniture.
- Mooring on ports (the approximative price is between 10-15 euro per night on more touristic ports and it includes the possibility of electricity and water use of the port) There are other free ports and you only have to pay for the use of the electricity and the water from them.
- One-way Supplement in case of one-way cruise, as well as the car or passengers transfer to the starting point.
- Bringing your pets will have an additional supplement around 30-40 euro depending on the boarding port.
- Bicycles and other optional extras you might wish to book.
- Cancellation insurance (you will be given the possibility of hiring it at the moment of the booking always accorded to the rental terms and conditions of the boat’s owner company. [/faq]
[faq title="Can we moor the boat, leave it and go to visit?"]
Yes, all the fluvial boats are equiped of locks letting the boat to be moored safely. However, we recommend you not to leave personal objects in plain view.[/faq]
[faq title="What is the prow propeller on some boats for?"]
The prow propeller is a little screw located at the front of the boat, and lets you to maoeuvre in an easy way as long as you navigate with a moderated speed. It makes easier the crossing of locks and mooring.[/faq][/faqs]