World charter cruising guide

You like boats and you like holidays, so why not treat yourself to a charter? From hiring a Linssen in France to bareboating in Thailand, there's a world of choice

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It is probably fair to say that most of us dream of one day exploring the Continental waterways, and who wouldn’t? Imagine cruising at a relaxed pace, enjoying good food and wine, all against a backdrop of wonderful countryside, dotted with picturesque villages and towns or cruising the canals of Burgundy aboard a Linssen 34.9 and mooring up for the night so you can lap up the local wine.

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But you don’t need to wait until you retire to make the most of inland Europe, nor do you need to make do with chartering a Tupperware box.

France Afloat is one company that offers boats rather than bathtubs, and with bases in Burgundy and the Canal du Midi, among others, they are easy to get to and free of the daunting prospect of too much heavyweight commercial traffic.

As well as the recently introduced Linssen 34.9s France Afloat offers several more ‘conventional’ style hireboats including 28ft Vikings (in two to six-berth layouts) along with a number of barge-type vessels. The company also has a base on the Canal du Midi in the south of France.

France Afloat
Tel: 08700 110 538

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