River Charente

 

Flowing westwards from Angoulême to the Atlantic at Rochefort, the River Charente is a lovely , slow moving, shallow river, passing many interesting towns and villages and traversing the famous region of Cognac

Approximately at mid-point in the navigation are the renowned distillery towns of Jarnac and Cognac where it is possible to visit many distilleries with world famous names. Remember also to sample the local speciality Pineau des Charentes, an unusual aperitif made from grape juice and cognac.

Towards the sea is Saintes, an ancient Roman town with some splendid old buildings, a ruined amphi-theatre, a good museum and all round a profusion of flowers.

The river , and indeed the countryside, has changed little since the nineteenth century. The 150 km between Angoulême and Rochefort contains only 21 locks (all but the last 3 of which are normally worked but the boat’s crew). There is no commercial traffic on the river, which is clear and clean with excellent all year round fishing. There are numerous spots in which to swim.

Spring, early summer and autumn are particularly pleasant on the Charente, especially in the upper reaches bordered by mixed woodlands, lush meadows or agricultural land and rolling hills.

As the Charente is entirely a river navigation, villages along its course are usually a cycle ride or about 15 minutes walk away. You’ll find the effort well worthwhile to discover lovely places with old churches, châteaux and usually one or more charming restaurants.

Cruising Suggestions

Downstream from Angoulême you’ll need two weeks to reach Rochefort and return with time to explore in Cognac, Saintes and Savinien. In a week you cruise to Cognac and back to Angoulême.
 


 

Boats available on the river Charente.

 


Espade 8,50 Fly


An excellent "2 persons" very easy to handle on the canal

Maximum occupancy : 4 persons.
Adviced occupancy :2 persons.
Lenght :8,50 m
Beam :3,20 m
Engine :In-board Diesel
Fuel tank capacity :180 l
Consumption :3 l/h
Watertank :200 l
Heating :Air ducted.

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Triton 10,50


A bigger sister ship of the Triton 8.60 which can accomodate up to 8, but better for 6. Modern design and bright
 

Maximum occupancy :8 persons
Adviced occupancy :6 persons
Lenght :10.50 m
Beam :3.20 m
Engine :In-board Diesel
Fuel tank capacity :180 l
Consumption :3-4 L/H
Watertank :400 l
Heating : Air ducted.

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Espade Concept Fly

A rather large boat wich offers a large comfort on the same level.
Two steering positions.

Maximum occupancy :9 persons.
Adviced occupancy :6 persons.
length :11.50 m
Beam :3.60 m
Engine :In-board Diesel
Fuel tank capacity :300 l
Consumption :3-4 L/H
Watertank :500 l
Heating : Air ducted

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Riviera 1120


A simple boat offering a good value for money rate for 3 couples

Maximum occupancy : 10 personnes.
Adviced occupancy 6/7persons ; Sliding roof
Lenght :11,20 m
Beam :3.20 m
Engine :In-board Diesel
Fuel tank capacity :150 l
Consumption :3-4 l/h
Watertank :580 l
Heating : Air ducted.

 

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Tarpon 37N*


The little sister ship of Adonis Tarpon 42, this recent boat will please everyone with very large salon. This boat offers an in and out steering position. One of the best river boat in France. A real pleasure for the captain.
 

Maximum occupancy :9 persons
Adviced occupancy :6 persons
Lenght :11 m
Beam :3.90 m
Engine :In-board Diesel
Fuel tank capacity :420 l
Consumption :3-4 L/H
Watertank :1000 l
Heating : Air ducted

*37N with bow propeller and freezer in the fridge

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Tarpon 42



One of the largest boat offered in France. This superbe river boat offers the maximum capacity allowed in France without special licence (12 persons) The best confort for 4 couples. The twin steering position will make the pride of the captain and his crew. Very large sundeck. We recommend this boat to people with expérience in canal or river boating.
 

Maximum occupancy : 12 persons .
Adviced occupancy : 8 to 10 persons .
length :12.93 m
Beam :4.20 m
Engine :In-board Diesel
Fuel tank capacity :350 l
Consumption :3-4 L/H
Watertank :900 l
Heating : Air ducted

 

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A few advice

 

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ssurance :All our boats are fully insured, we know you will look after the boats, but on your arrival we will ask you to leave a refundable caution on safe return of the boat We suggest, as well, you take our cancellation plan insurance.

B
icycles : To explore the sides of the canal and the villages you will have some great fun if you bring or rent some bicycles. (160 FRF/week)
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ontact : If during your cruise you want your family to get in contact with you for urgent messages, please leave the telephone number of the base with your relatives. In case of emergency we will get the message to you.
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ocumentation : To make the most of your holiday we will give you a little book with all the details you need for your cruise.
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ngine :All the engines are diesels, they are very economical and safe in use.
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amily : A boat holiday is an excellent family experience, specially your children will be delighted to spent a week on a boat.
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asoil and gas : There should be enough gasoil and gas for at least 2 weeks on the boat. You pay the consumption at the end of your stay. Gas is free.
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Hose : To fill up your watertank you will find the hose in one of the lockers on the boats. Several waterpoints will allow you to fill up during the cruise.
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nterference : If you have a problem with your boat phone the base and they will send a technician as soon as they can.
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ourney : We advice you to bring with you the binoculars on your boa journey to discover wildlife on the canal side. On. your boat, you will find a complete set of naps and informations to plan your cruise.
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ilometres : Don't be in a hurry, just admire the beautiful surroundings, per day you can navigate maximum Of 30, km.
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esson :On arrival the staff will make you familiar with the way to drive your boat, they will go for a trial run with you, if, necessary and in general there should be no problem. 1160 boats are easy to handle.
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ap : On your inscription form you can order the canal map. This will help you to prepare your trip and it is a nice souvenir at the same time.
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ever : Never forget your camera, some nice books, a torch, musicassettes, games for the children and whatever you need to spend your evening in perfect harmony.

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n time : You can take possession of your boat between 1 0-18 p. m, and we ask you to bring the boat back on your departure day between 8-9 a.m. We even advice you to be already at the base the evening before. We know people hate to leave but we need to prepare the boats for the next guests.
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arking :For your car we propose a closed garage or an fenced open air parking.
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uilts : Bed linen and cushion covers are on the boats, as well as either quilts err blankets. We supply pillow cases. You will find a complete set to wash your boat inside and outside.
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eservation : As soon as you know what date you can take your holiday please get in contact with us. The boats are reserved very early. but even at the very last minute, we advice you to get in touch, we might have a last minute cancellation.
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ecurity : Please follow the security rules as they are instructed on your arrival. In case of doubt, please don't hesitate to get in touch with us.
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emperature : Depending on the season, even if you are in France, we advice you to bring some sweaters, T-shirts, not to forget your swimming suit and maybe a "raincoat".
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tensils : The kitchen is fully equipped, except for a pressure cooker.
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isit : It is worth visiting some historical monuments as for instance the Cit6 of Carcassonne and many historical monuments in Burgundy.
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C : All our boats are equipped with marine toilets and showers with warm and cold water.
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