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LaurenceU 04-21-2014 02:15 PM

canal des deux mers (Canal of the two seas)
The Canal du Midi together with the Canal de Garonne (the renamed Canal lateral a la Garonne), forms the ‘canal des deux mers’ (the canal of the two seas – the Mediterranean and the Atlantic).
Canal du Midi : Cruising in Detail |
It looks possible to cruise from Bordeaux to the Mediterranean in a shallow draft yacht - perhaps 1.2m draft?
Anyone cruised this waterway. Be good to hear experiences :)

killarney_sailor 04-21-2014 04:41 PM

Re: canal des deux mers (Canal of the two seas)
I have done a week charter on one of the many rental boats on the canal. We went from Carcasonne to Narbonne. It was a highlight of my life and we will go back at some point. Supposed to be doable with 1.5 m so 1.2 should be OK. One thing to think about is that the lock walls on the Canal du Midi are not straight, they are sort of arch shaped (remember the thing opened in 1680 and they were making up the engineering as they went). If your mast was substantially longer than your boat (ours is about 15' longer), you would have to be very careful not to have the mast hit a lock wall when the lock was empty and you were trying to leave the lock, e.g., if you get the bow out far enough to clear the lock you might hit the mast at the stern. I was wondering how much you would gain by not having the mast down the centreline of the boat - perhaps have it near the centre at the bow and near the stern quarter so you get more safe swing room. Of course you would have to do all the locks on the same side. Also, absolutely avoid August when the French are all on holiday. We were there in September and about 40% of the charter boats were out and it was busy enough. Can't imagine what it would be like when all the boats are rented.

LaurenceU 04-22-2014 12:40 AM

Re: canal des deux mers (Canal of the two seas)
Good advice thanks. I'm not planning this just now - but its on my bucket list of cruises :)

ChuckBuck 04-22-2014 02:43 PM

Re: canal des deux mers (Canal of the two seas)
Interesting, so I assume 1.8M draft is a no go for this route?

I've heard mised reviews that folks can do it in anywhere from 1.5 to 2M but I dont want to get halfway down only to run out of water.



killarney_sailor 04-23-2014 11:56 AM

Re: canal des deux mers (Canal of the two seas)
For a start I would make sure we are all talking about exactly the same route. My experience was only one section of the Canal du Midi and we were told it was 1.5 m if you were lucky. This is of particular interest since our boat is 1.5 m, but I think we would have problems with our mast and the curved lock walls.

TQA 04-25-2014 06:39 PM

Re: canal des deux mers (Canal of the two seas)
Good report of the trip HERE Canal du Midi Log

Be aware that if it is a dry summer closures [ chomage ] are possible or restricted locking times.

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