holiday on board a Pénichette lets you
enjoy those really special moments of relaxation
All of us here have a total commitment to making sure that you get the very
most out of your boating holiday.
Our sales team are dedicated to helping you choose exactly the right Pénichette
and the right cruising area for you and your crew.
reception staff at each base will ensure you
get the maximum benefit from all their local
Our technicians will show you over your boat
and will teach you just how easy it is to drive
All through your cruise they are there on call should you need them.
fleet of 400 Pénichettes and 28 bases
in France, Holland, Germany, Italy and Ireland,
to discover a variety of routes and array of
regions. Whether you go as a couple, as a family
or with friends, there's a Pénichette
that's right for you, and with week ends, mini-weeks
or longer on offer, you can find the time
to become a real inland navigator.
Comfort on board the Pénichette
Everything is planned for your well-being. You're
so close to nature, yet the boats are roomy, with
showers and running hot and cold water. There's
storage space to satisfy the most demanding. It's
easy to fill the water tanks every day at locks
and villages. Sheets and bedding are provided.
Going through locks on the canals and rivers
through the locks
are many different types of locks. How they work
is explained in the Locaboat manual sent with
your confirmation, and will be explained to you
again at the base. Going through locks is a major
feature of your cruise. You can chat to the keeper
and often buy fresh produce, or simply enjoy the
very different view which you get as you change
levels. Locks make for a varied and enjoyable cruise.
In France, the locks are generally open from 9am
to 7pm from the end of March
to mid November. There are some days when the locks
are closed such as 1st May, 14th July (open on
the Canal du Midi, Lot et Garonne, in Alsace, Lorraine,
Ardennes and the Saone between Soing and Corre)
1st November (open on the Canal du Midi and Lot
aren’t any closures on the Charente,
the Somme, the Baïse, Anjou, Brittany, the
Canal de Roanne à Digoin in Southern Burgundy,
the Camargue, and the Seille.
In Ireland and in Germany the locks are open every
day. In Holland the locks and bridges are in full
service between the 15/4 and the 15/10. The Vecht
is open every day. In Friesland the canals and
rivers are opened every day. In Italy navigation
is possible every day on the lagoons. On the Sile
and the Brenta, there are certain closures. These
are detailed in the Locaboat manual.
Things to do on your boating holiday
You like the spot? Just moor up. You can go for
a walk or a bicycle ride, visit a church or a chateau,
go for a bathe or try your hand at fishing. At
the base we will tell you how to get a fishing
permit and what you might catch. The log book that
is on the boat will give you many good addresses
to make your waterway holiday a success.
Relaxation on the deck of the boat
deck is one of the most acclaimed features of
the Pénichette. Spacious, flat and right
under the captain's eye, it can act as reading
room, sunlounger or picnic table. Moving around
the boat is easy and safe. Indoors, the saloon
is the place for board games, family discussions
or intimate dinners.
Under Way with your Pénichette
Driving your boat
is straightforward and enjoyable once you've received some simple guidance
base. You'll soon get used to going through locks
and start to enjoy handling your boat. Detailed
navigation guides show where you can moor, shop,
take on water or go sightseeing.
The mini bikes for children or classic bicycles
are an indispensable adjunct to your cruise. The
paths along canals make ideal bicycle tracks. You
can hire them on arrival. You pay at the base.
a Pénichette you can seek out local
specialities - home grown produce or regional dishes.
Shop for them in markets and cook on board in your
fully-equipped galley, or alternatively try them
in the many restaurants along your route. You'll
find a list of recommendations on board.
Meals on board
On board you'll
find everything you need for cooking and eating. Prepare your meal in open
or at the quayside. Villages are never far away,
and you can use bicycles to fetch fresh bread or
warm croissants for breakfast.
Maintenance work carried out by VNF
waterways have "stoppages" when
they are closed for maintenance. Mostly these are
scheduled for the winter months but occasionally
they occur during the hire season. Dates are announced
in early March. Please check with our reservation
VNF or Voies Navigable de France is the French
Floods on the rivers
rivers (but not canals) there can be floods in
springtime or occasionally in autumn. In this
case we may have to restrict your cruise to canals
only, or possibly to switch departure base, but
it should not be necessary to cancel your cruise.
The Rivers Lot and Baïse are the most prone
You should check on river levels before starting
out for your holiday.
water in France , Holland, Ireland, Germany,
Poland and Venice Lagoon
Bassin de Thau in Southern France as well as the
Muritzsee and the Plauertzee in Germany
and the lakes in Ireland as well as the Venice
Lagoon should not be attempted in winds stronger
than Force 4. Our staff at the base will tell you
the position and give instructions.
One way cruises on the waterways
will find in our base access notes full details about
methods for getting back to your car. We
must draw your attention to the fact that one-way
cruising is an optional feature which can never
be totally guaranteed owing to the possibility
of cancellations or other difficulties.
You must therefore recheck one week before departure
whether the one way cruise is available and in
which direction it will be.
Hiring without licence
France, Locaboat Holidays has been authorised
to offer boat hire WITHOUT need for a captain’s
permit. After you have been given instruction in
handling your craft and navigation rules you will
be given a permit for the duration of your cruise.
In Holland, in Ireland and in Italy, no licence
is required. For Germany & Poland: >> see