DATE: Friday 28 July, 1995

PLACE: Chagny to Montchanin


Heading 'home'

REMARKS: We will have gone through 33 locks and been lifted 1310 feet since entering the Canal du Centre by the time we reach Montchanin. This Port du Plaisance is on the watershed and is between Lock/Ecluse 1 Ocean (draining to the Atlantic Ocean) and 1 Mediterranee (draining to the Mediterranean). The number of locks means a lot of work, but with four pairs of hands they are made light work of, and we make good time - even with an hour for lunch on the side of the canal.

Although the locks are 'automatic', they still have a lock-keeper who is responsible for a group of 4-6 locks and keeps pace with us by road. Our passage has been planned by a co-ordinator, so that the operating of the locks optimises efficiency and avoids unnecessary filling and emptying. We have indeed sailed straight into each lock, already open and awaiting our arrival.

Many of the locks are shallow, only 2.5m deep, but others are over 5m. These latter take some organising, as the boat needs to be tied to avoid excessive movement during filling; however securing ropes is not easy when you're 15 feet below the bollard! In a number of such cases the bollards are 'floating'; that is, they are at boat height as one enters, but rise with it as the lock fills.

The countryside changes: from the intensive arable farming and viticulture of Santenay, the landuse again becomes more pastoral. The buildings also change, with many of them apparently newer, but maintaining older traditions of decoration, even of patterns of colours in their roof-tiles.

We moor at Montchanin, intending only to arrange means for car collection on Saturday; this however takes longer than anticipated, so we settle in for the evening -including a visit to the base manager's boat to view 15-day old kittens.

Another lovely day capped by lovely food eaten on the roof of the boat. We even see several TGV trains!






Canal du Centre


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Canal du Centre

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