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Camilla Camilla wrote it 8. December 2017 kl. 9:48
Hi Pia and Carl.
Nice to read about your trip.
We are leavin May 2018, with our 2 children.
I can read that you got your mast transported down there, we have also thought that we think the mast takes too much space on the boat.
Who did you get hold of and how did you organise it ?
Enjoy the amazing trip, we are looking forward to our trip.
The best regards from the cold Denmark.
Camilla
carl arable
Hello Camilla,

We obtained several offers for the transport of the mast from Travemรผnde to Port Napoleon in the Mediterranean. We decided to use the firm Fastmast (they were the cheapest or should we not say least expensive)

Fastmast has an excellent website - www.fastmast.com. The proprietor is Rainer Petras. He speaks good English. You can reach him on the phone 00 49 171 486 1820. It's a good idea to call him already. He is trying to collect the transports.

The mast was unstepped at Boeb's yard in Travemรผnde, packed together and lay there until Fastmast picked it up and drove it to Port Napoleon.

Very simple; but also a little nerve wrecking to leave the rig to a transport company without any documentation other than a few SMSs and phone calls. But Rainer is a good and honest man. So no problems. Mast and rig lay waiting for us in Port Napoleon. Nicely packed after the transport.

Boeb's yard is skilled (also to write pretty large bills for unstepping the mast). We have heard there should be a boat builder in Lรผbeck. It should be good and significantly cheaper. (Fastmast may also pick up the mast there).

Enjoy your journey. It's a great nice trip. (We were especially excited about the route from Namur in Belgium to the Mediterranean).

Greeting

Carl & Pia
Kaja Uggerby Kaja Uggerby wrote it 8. November 2017 kl. 17:21
Hello Heron
Thank you very much for an exciting story, we also dream a trip through Europe, this year we have been a trip through the Gรถta Canal. It was absolutely fantastic and will be expecting to take the trip again in 2 years, next year will be spent on arranging the boat that we bought 3 months before departure, so we found out on the trip what we would like to have done about ... .. looking forward to following your continued journey etc. Kaja
carl arable
Hi Kaja,

Thank you for the nice words about our blog.

We sailed through the Gรถta Canal in 2013. It was a nice trip. Looking forward to the trip through Europe.

// Carl & Pia
Ole Larsen Ole Larsen wrote it 14. September 2017 kl. 16:18
Hi and thank you for the awesome stories and films.We are getting ready for the trip, starting in the middle of 2018. However, we have a small (big) problem, 175 in draft does not mean there is a problem in Germany, the Netherlands, and Belgium, but in some of the French channels. Do you have any idea of โ€‹โ€‹which might be a problem.
Mvh Ole
carl arable
Thank you for the nice words about our blog.

On our trip to the Mediterranean the "critical" stretch was from Givet at Meuse to Corre at the end of the Canal des Vosges.

The guaranteed water depth is here 180 cm. Same as guaranteed on most other channels in France.

When we went through May, the warranty was fine and we met a couple of the same depths as you.

Later in the season this year it counted less than normal. Therefore, there was a lack of water in the channels. I think the route closed a couple of weeks for that reason. But thinking it has not been a problem in the last few weeks.

Keep an eye out for the messages at www.vnf.fr and look forward to a great trip from Statte in Belgium to Port Saint Louis, in our opinion, was very nice.

// Carl & Pia
Jรธrn Jรธrn wrote it 13 AUGUST 2017 kl. 22:09
Can I find your videos on youtube?
Link?
carl arable
You can find them in the video tab on this website.

They are also located on Youtube at the address

https://youtu.be/S0uUayrZWjs

// Carl & Pia
Pia Irene Rose. Pia Irene Rose. wrote it 13 AUGUST 2017 kl. 21:15
So nice to follow you. Have you been to many of the places in the car yourself? My journey now goes to Sydney, to visit my daughter and son-in-law. I look forward to seeing them again. Going to Blue Mountain on an extended weekend. Hope you still get a good trip. A big greeting from me to you. Watch out for yourselves.
Claus Jepsen Claus Jepsen wrote it 2 May 2017 kl. 7:29
Hi
Have read with great interest your blog as we are heading in the opposite direction in an Oceanis 361 that we bought down here in 2015. We are in Gruissan and in one or two weeks, when the weather has gotten a little warmer, we will sail to Port San Louis and start the trip north, so we may see you along the way. You can read about our tour on facebook: S / Y Inuk (writes in English for family and friends abroad). Do you have the mast on board? How are you? Like a few pictures of how you fixed it. Sincerely. Claus and Chui Ping.
carl arable
Hi Claus,

We chose to transport the mast, boom and rich by car from Travemรผnde to Port Napoleon

We have been pleased with that.

A) We can sail in small waves on the Rhine and Rhone without worrying about the 'scaffolding' holding.

B) We do not have to worry that the rig hits something when we sail

C) There is plenty of space

D) A minor repair was required on the mast bearing at the top requiring the mast to be removed.

The transport is not cheap. We paid 8.500 kr. We think it's worth the money and then drinks a few bottles of red wine less.

From Meuse we enter the Canal des Vosges, Petit Saรดne, Basse Saรดne and finally Rhone.

We update our position on our blog in the field "Here we are"

It could be really nice and interesting to meet on the road

Carl & Pia
Lars Klรผver Lars Klรผver wrote it 25 January 2017 kl. 21:57
Have sent an email to your g-mail account.
carl arable
It's done. Thanks for the help
Morgan Olsson Morgan Olsson wrote it 19. November 2016 kl. 17:25
Hi
We are also in Maastricht (with SARA IV Yellow Bridge No. 211) and visit the 1 boat a week in December.
Greetings
Kerstin & Morgan Olsson
carl arable
Hi Kerstin and Morgan,

Not how funny

We are at the first bridge south of the harbor office a couple of places out. (Do not remember the number on the bridge)

Could be fun to exchange experiences. Do you have a website?

Greeting

Carl and Pia
Lars Klรผver Lars Klรผver wrote it 24. October 2016 kl. 18:08
Hi Pia and Carl - yes, I have said it before, but it can not be said too often: Really good trip - both in terms of sailing and the year you have to spend down in the Mediterranean. Interesting to see your photos - and also the video. There is no doubt that it is an interesting trip as well, as that way you get to see a lot you would not otherwise see. I have not sailed, but in 2001 I had to ride a motorcycle to Lyon and there was probably a bit of the same freedom, although yours is a much better way. Looking forward to following your trip and see you maybe next year sometime. There was a great atmosphere to repeat the event with the "old" schoolmates. If you skew to the Facebook group, then you can probably see what happened. Now remember to get some paella and sangria when you are in Spain !! ๐Ÿ™‚ The very best greetings from Lars in the dark and cold north ๐Ÿ™‚
carl arable
Thanks for the nice words and warm greetings.

Hasta Luengo
Carl Carl wrote it 29 AUGUST 2016 kl. 8:16
Hi Dennis,

Thank you for your greeting.

The master plan is to sail on the European river and canal system for the Mediterranean.

We "stand on" the system at Lรผbeck, sail through Germany, Holland, Belgium France and reach the Mediterranean at Port St. Louis, located a little west of Marseilles.

The trip can be done on the 1 month, but we expect to spend more because we would like to stay if we find some nice places along the way.

We still do not quite know what we do when we reach the Mediterranean.

The possibilities are many.

Maybe we win on the boat or sail further south to Spain or rent a house in southern Spain and spend the winter there or go home.

Time will show
Dennis Dennis wrote it 27 AUGUST 2016 kl. 9:02
Hi Pia & Carl. I wish you a wonderful trip. Take care of yourself and write about all the great experiences you now get on the book. Where are you going?
carl arable
Hi Dennis,

Thank you for your greeting.

The master plan is to sail on the European river and canal system for the Mediterranean.

We "stand on" the system at Lรผbeck, sail through Germany, Holland, Belgium France and reach the Mediterranean at Port St. Louis, located a little west of Marseilles.

The trip can be done on the 1 month, but we expect to spend more because we would like to stay if we find some nice places along the way.

We still do not quite know what we do when we reach the Mediterranean.

The possibilities are many.

Maybe we win on the boat or sail further south to Spain or rent a house in southern Spain and spend the winter there or go home.
carl arable carl arable wrote it June 29 kl. 21:56
Then we managed to set up a website.

Here you can ask us questions, send us a message or just a little greeting.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Greeting

Carl & Pia

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