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Through the French Canals [Paperback]

David Jefferson
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10 April 2009
Through the French Canals has probably tempted more people to explore the beautiful waterways of France than any other book. A bestseller for many years and now in its 12th edition, it is the essential planning guide for anyone wanting to cruise through the stunning scenery of the French waterways, or take their boat from the English Channel through to the Mediterranean via the inland route. Over 50 routes described and illustrated, with positions of locks, towns and villages Through routes from the English Channel and Atlantic to the Mediterranean, plus distances Suitable boats for the canals, and dimensions of locks and operating times Bridge heights, canal depths, fuelling points, waterway signals Cost of living, shopping and stores Weather information, haltes and portes de plaisance Packed with appealing photographs and updated information on local facilities, distances, heights and depths, tunnel lengths, costs of cruising and shopping, it also discusses the local wines of the region. 'A must for yachtsmen wishing to use the French inland waterway system...a fascinating read.' Yachting Monthly 'The bible for those wishing to head for the Med.' Gaffer's Log

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  • Paperback: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Adlard Coles Nautical (10 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408103818
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408103814
  • Product Dimensions: 14.9 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 216,386 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"An absolute must for anyone considering navigating these popular continental waterways."
-- Canals & Rivers (June 2009)

"The fact that Jefferson's 'Through the French Canals' is now published as a 12th edition is testament to its value."
-- Royal Navy Sailing Association (Summer 2009)

' An excellent overall introduction to these popular and varied waterways ' -- Waterways World (June 2009)


"as a guide to the network of canals, it's a good, compact planner."

"For anyone lucky enough to be planning a cruise of the French waterways or an inland passage from the Channel to the Med, this guide - already a bestseller - is surely the first port of call."

"An absolute must for anyone considering navigating these popular continental waterways."

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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
The review by john72364 does not do this book justice. I can only imagine that he reviewed an earlier publication, or attached his review to the wrong book.
The book covers 33 routes, and as far as I can see covers pretty much every navigable river in France.
I found it especially useful as I am planning to buy a pleasure boat for inland cruising in France. This told me all I wanted to know in terms of a suitable specification for the boat, which waterways had a million and one locks to negotiate, and gave a good indication of how enjoyable different routes might be.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Through the French Canals 16 Dec 2009
Very interesting reading, informative, a good planning guide, it's not much use as a tool once you are on the water but it does make interesting reading on your way through the canals.

If you're planning to take a boat onto the French canals as we did, I'd recommend this as one of the books to take, you can bore the crew to death with little tit bits of information.

My advice is to use this book to plan your route and order the Navicarte map books for the canals you then decide to use, they have very detailed maps of all the canals, locks and moorings along the length of canal you're on. The numbers on the canals in this book will match the Navicarte book numbers 1-29, 19 altogether, (don't ask me). Sadly not many of them are available on Amazon UK, they are French with English and German translations of each entry but in less detail. Try searching for Navicarte on

Carte marine : Navicarte : La Bourgogne Ouest
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2.0 out of 5 stars Through the French Canals 17 Aug 2003
Not happy with the title of this book, it should be called French canals from Calais to Marseille, or something like that.
The Callais - Marseilles route is covered, a bit skimpily I think, but the other two main waterways of France are barely mentioned at all. Probably because the author has never been there.
If you are looking for a guide to the Normandy - Brittany - Loire Waterways, or the North East Waterways into Belgium and Holland, this is NOT the book to buy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars well thought out book 1 Nov 2011
well thought out book, easy to follow descriptions of waterways in france, would have benefited from a decent sized map/ chart of the rivers and canals included, you really need a chart (imray) of inland waterays for perspective.
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5.0 out of 5 stars French canals 10 Mar 2014
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I bought this book as a gift for my husband who is planning a trip through the french canals. He hasn,t put it down.!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Through The FEnch Canals 9 Feb 2014
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Through the French Canals was bought so that I would have information on a trip to Canal du Midi. There was a section on this and many more about all the canals in France. The book gave me was I was looking for and so met the brief. It will be a useful reference book if we do other canal trips.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Through the French canals 6 Feb 2014
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What a brilliant book., loads of information and lovely pictures, really has inspired me to live my dream and this will help
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4.0 out of 5 stars all you need to know 8 Jan 2014
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All the basic info is in this book . If you are planning a cruise in France it is the ideal starting point.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Packed with information.
I like the layout , the pictures, and the information this book has. It's a must have for any boater in or planning on going to France,
Published 6 months ago by Kevin
4.0 out of 5 stars Not quite as expected
Wanted more details on marinas, at least websites. Require knowledge of pump-out stations as well as diesel, water and electric.
Published 6 months ago by Paul Solari
5.0 out of 5 stars Really useful book
Exactly what we needed to plan our boating holiday! Part visited by car, found facilities and towns just as described.
Published 12 months ago by Anne
5.0 out of 5 stars French Canals
Excellent book to help you plan for a journey through the French canals. Very good structure, nice photos and useful information.
Published 14 months ago by Alan
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent publication
An essential guide for those wishing to enjoy the canals, full of interesting and useful information. A good addition to the Fluvicarte charts
Published 15 months ago by Alan Saunders
5.0 out of 5 stars Through the French Canals
This is an excellent book and I really love France. It is very well documented and I didn't realise there were so many canals in France
Published 15 months ago by sandrawinsor
2.0 out of 5 stars thro the french canals
The book does cover all of france but in so little detail as to not actually be useful as a pilot
Published 23 months ago by Dave
1.0 out of 5 stars Skimpy
This book is an overview, and not at all what I wanted. It would be ideal for those yachties going to the Med. Read more
Published on 11 Jan 2011 by baggywrinkles
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