QUESTIONS YOU MIGHT LIKE TO ASK ?
(1) What size of barge should you consider?
Well we are building a 65ft x 13ft FCN seagoing
barge and it is big.
Mooring a large boat in France is not so much of
a problem as it is in the U.K.
A completed 45ft Explorer will cost £120,000 plus
VAT in July 2006 and we have plenty
You might also consider a Huffler 56 which is not really
a barge but more a steel motor yacht.
(2) Are these boats seagoing and do you need them to be so?
Some are-our Huffler motor yacht (with motor sailing
variant) is very seaworthy and built, with
The Explorer and Belle Etoile are inland waterway barges
with a D categorisation for the RCD.
There are very few seagoing barges to compete with
our FCN class and that is explained
(3) How much is upkeep?
Less than a house in France or Italy I would say. A new,
well built steel boat will need a little
A proper mooring at an established yard in Burgundy will
cost annually 1080 Euros for a boat
(4) What is special about living and cruising in Europe?
Well, it still is different from the UK, but not that
different. Medical facilities are good,
If the cost of living is cheap for liveaboard boaters
in the U.K., much more so when they are
(5) Do you have to take your wide beam boat abroad?
Of course not - there are many wide beam navigable rivers
and canals in the UK, and more
This will link (for example) Warwick & London to
waterways of the east of England and the
However as mentioned in point 2 above, you should consider
a C class coastal boat if you
If you are still working and need to move jobs quickly,
and cannot afford the time to cruise
I hope the above has been of some help. Please feel free
to ask any further questions,
Many thanks and best wishes
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