At the beginning of August 2016, we left our home port in Humlebรฆk. The moorings left us as usual, but we went to the Mediterranean. A month later we reached Travemรผnde. Here the mast was taken off and we sailed into the European river and canal system. Two years later we reached the Mediterranean Sea. The goal of this website is to give family, friends and who, or may be interested, the opportunity to accompany the trip. Here you are welcome to comment, write greetings or ask questions. We are looking forward to hear from you.

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Camilla Holm Camilla Holm wrote on 2. August 2018 at 22: 56:
Hi Pia and Carl.
Yes, so we finally left.. Thank you for info about mast transport, it went smooth.We are now at Cassis, with plans to sail to Italy to find a winter port. We hope you get good wind and many good experiences. If you wish, please visit our website https://holmlauritzen.wordpress.com/. The best regards Camilla
Admin Reply by: carlager
Hello Camilla,

Nice blog you've made. You look like having a lot of fun.

Have a great trip.

Do you have an idea of โ€‹โ€‹where you will winter ?

We are located in Corsica and expect to winter in Olbia, Sardinia.

Greeting

Carl & Pia
niels larsen niels larsen wrote on 19. March 2018 at 8: 11:
Have read your report with great pleasure, have even sailed the channel, both in my own boat and with friends since 1975. Have a good trip.
Admin Reply by: carlager
Hi Niels,

Thank you for your kind comments.

Greeting

Carl & Pia
Camilla Camilla wrote on 11. December 2017 at 12: 39:
Hi Pia and Carl.
Thank you for your prompt and good response, you have been very helpful.
I have called and talked to Rainer, a very kind man, we await an offer from him, he should just wonder it, because he will also need a diver compressor delivered. He has recommended that we also investigate Baltica marina in Travemรผnde, where he also collects.
Nice to hear that it is a beautiful trip there are us waiting.
Once again thank you very much.
We will follow you on your exciting trip.
vh camilla
Admin Reply by: carlager
Hello Camilla.

Nice to help you with the planning of the trip.

Now, we do not know your planned route, but thinking our logbook might be of interest to you.

You'll find it hereโ€ฆ

greeting

Carl and Pia
Camilla Camilla wrote on 8. December 2017 at 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
Admin Reply by: carlager
Hello Camilla,

We obtained several offers for 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 not we say least expensive)

Fastmast has an excellent website - www.fastmast.com. The owner is called Rainer Petras. He speaks good English. You can reach him on the phone 00 49 171 486. It might be an advantage to call him already now. He tries 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 on 8. November 2017 at 17: 21:
Hello Heron
Thank you so much for an exciting story, we also dream a trip through Europe, this year we have been a trip through the Gรถtakan Canal. It was absolutely fantastic and will expect to take the trip again in 2 years, next year will be used to arrange the boat, which we bought 3 months before departure, so we found out on the trip what we would like to have done aboutโ€ฆ .. I'm looking forward to following your continued journey with Kaja
Admin Reply by: carlager
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 on 14. September 2017 at 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
Admin Reply by: carlager
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 on the messages on www.vnf.fr and look forward to a great trip - the stretch from Statte in Belgium to Port Saint Louis was, in our opinion, particularly good.

// Carl & Pia
Jรธrn Jรธrn wrote on 13. August 2017 at 22: 09:
Can I find your videos on youtube?
Link?
Admin Reply by: carlager
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 on 13. August 2017 at 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 on 2. May 2017 at 7: 29:
Hi
Have read your blog with great interest as we are heading in the opposite direction of an Oceanis 361, which we bought here in 2015. We are in Gruissan and in one or two weeks when the weather is a little warmer, we sail to Port San Louis and start the trip north so it can be seen along the way. You can read about our trip on facebook: S / Y Inuk (writes in English for family and friends abroad). Do you have the mast on board? How are you doing? Just a few pictures of how you've fixed it. Sincerely. Claus and Chui Ping.
Admin Reply by: carlager
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 'scaffolding'.

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 "Here we are" field.

It's really nice and interesting to meet you on the road

Carl & Pia
Lars Klรผver Lars Klรผver wrote on 25. January 2017 at 21: 57:
Have sent an email to your g-mail account.
Admin Reply by: carlager
It's done. Thanks for the help
Morgan Olsson Morgan Olsson wrote on 19. November 2016 at 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
Admin Reply by: carlager
Hello 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 on 24. October 2016 at 18: 08:
Hi Pia and Carl - yes, I have said so before, but it can not be said too often: Very good trip - both in terms of navigation and the year in which to spend down in the Mediterranean. Interesting to see your pictures - and also the video. There is no doubt that this is an interesting trip as well, since you get to see a lot you do not see. The sail I do not have, but in 2001 I was going to motorcycle trip to Lyon and there was probably a bit of the same freedom, although your is a much better way. Looking forward to following your trip and then maybe we will be seeing you next year. There was a great atmosphere to repeat the event with the "old" schoolmates. If you are leaning on the Facebook group, then you can probably see what happened. 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™‚
Admin Reply by: carlager
Thanks for the nice words and warm greetings.

Hasta Luengo
Carl Carl wrote on 29. August 2016 at 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 Sea 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 on 27. August 2016 at 9: 02:
Hi Pia & Carl. I wish you a wonderful trip. Take care of yourself and write about all the superb experiences you get now on the book. Where are you going?
Admin Reply by: carlager
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 Sea 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.
carlager carlager wrote on 29. June 2016 at 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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