Boating in France with John and Irene

Last updated 2015-03-31

Bon Adventure cruising in Moissac
Bon Adventure cruising in Moissac

Boat for sale

Our friends Ursula & Mike have decided to put their beloved boat "Bon Adventure" up for sale.

"Bon Adventure" is a former "IJsselmeer Kotter",
built in 1936 by Stroobosch shipyard in Holland.
Dimensions : 15.00m x 3.00m x 0.95m

Our boat is moored in Castelsarrasin (82100)
in France on the Canal de Garonne.

See photographs and details

Cruising the rivers and canals in France aboard the Moet Chandon.

The new owners of Moet-Chandon

Moet Chandon continues to travel the French water ways with her new owners Warren & Bernie Starbuck (their last boat Ali M) and Barry & Pam Turner. We hope this dream life aboard Moet continues for both couples, we wish you all every happiness.

Cruising canal de Garonne and river Baise
Cruising canal de Garonne and river Baise

Coming out of the Moissac lock onto the River Tarn
Cruising to Moissac and River Tarn

Moissac is our winter mooring for this year.

Pont Canal Agen
Cruising Canal de Garonne

We enjoyed good moorings in all the ports while cruising from Moissac to Buzet and back on the Canal de Garonne.

Cruising Toulouse to Moissac

The Canal du Midi is like a fine wine you take it in slowly, taste and sample every village as you cruise discover as much as you can along the way.

Rosa Barge Cruises in France - Luxury hotel barge cruises in the Gascony Bordeaux region on the Canal de Garonne in Southwest France.

Living on our boat in France

Our web site is intended to help us keep in touch with family and friends whilst living aboard our boat "Moët Chandon".

We never tire of the different landscape here in the South of France, the different medieval villages also the wonderful Mediterranean light which draws me out of the boat time and time again to photograph and capture the moment, especially when sharing it with family or friends for the first time that is always a bonus for John and I.

The scenery is so varied and impressive especially the medieval villages, the wonderful Gorge's we visit, and the patchwork of vines seen here just outside Carcassonne all are typical of the Languedoc we love this area ~ hence it is now our third winter here in the port of Carcassonne. Many friends we have made who are living in this area. House hunting might be on our agenda.

Boating in France, a new life style

Lots of walking and exercise for our creaking bones (those damned locks can be so hard at times, but we do love them). We enjoy lots more fresh air and we are constantly meeting other boaters. We have time to stop, just chat and exchange ideas, give support to each other.

It's also nice to spend more time with family and friends (though still never enough time). We now have time for US! It's a time to discover what we both want for this next phase of our lives.

We hate packing and unpacking when traveling and we have done a great deal of traveling over the years. We are learning to live with less baggage, so buying a boat seemed a good solution, our home comes with us... and we can move on when we are ready to!

Latest news

Winter and spring 2011/12

Winter and spring 2010/11

The French waterways are divided in 7 basins. Check out the new maps for the Canals and rivers in France.

Handy telephone numbers for the French canal and river services ordered by basin / region.


Irene's 60th - friends and family in Moissac

Renovating our house in Moissac (2010 - 2011)

Irene's Paintings

Our Australian Trip

Adelaide South Australia - December 2009

Albany Western Australia Coast - December 2009

Perth Western Australia - November 2009

Visiting Hong Kong trip - November 2009

Canals, Maps, Signs & Markings

CEVNI - Signs and Marking for European Waterways (Code Européen des Voies de la Navigation Intérieure).

Canal du Midi history - Did you know that the Canal du Midi has not always gone through Carcassonne !!!

French canal & river maps.

Canals and rivers in France - Information about the rivers and canals in France : distance, locks and dimensions, height under the lowest bridge and draught.

Mailing List

Peter has started a mailing list, to facilitate the transfer of information between boaters cruising the Canal du Rhone à Sete, Canal du Midi and Canal de Garonne. If you want to be on the list, go to : and click the subscribe button.

Boating in France archives

  • 2004 - Moving from England to France
  • 2005 - Paris to Carcassonne
  • 2006 - Carcassonne to Bordeaux
  • 2007 - Carcassonne to the Camargue
  • 2008 - Carcassonne to the River Lot
  • 2009 - Cruising in the South of france
  • 2010 - Cruising South West France
  • 2011 - Living in South West France


flickr logoSee some of my photos on flickr.

A collection of our son's best photographs up for sale.
Mike Plunkett Photography


Boat maintenance

The high maintenance of the boat keeps us busy. Moet Chandon keeps us on our toes and there's never a dull moment with her. It thrills us that our children share our passion for the Moet and want to join us when they can, which is a wonderful bonus.

Cruising France

Thanks for dropping in, we hope you enjoy joining us as we cruise France to discover new and exciting things. Hopefully it will be a way for you to see where we're at and what we're up to. You never know you might want to come and join us for some time out, our kettle is always on.

Moet-Chandon family

We feel very lucky indeed...

"Throw your dream's into space like a kite, and you do not know what it will bring back, a new life, a new friend, a new love, a new country." - Annais Nin