Podcast – The French Canals

You’ve read our stories, now hear our lovely voices!  Brian and I both had the pleasure of speaking with Franz, who interviewed us for his podcast series, Sailing in the Mediterranean.  Franz’s website (http://www.medsailor.com/) is filled with fantastic, firsthand information and helpful resources for cruising and chartering in the Mediterranean Sea. He also features topic interviews…

Spring Sailing

Spring has sprung in the Netherlands, and after a long hiatus Detour is finally sailing again!  We’re somewhat early bloomers; boats are still being launched into the water for the season and blustery weather is quite chilly despite the sunshine inviting us outside.  But we’re making moves and it feels great to get our plans underway for yet…

Welcome to Sixhaven

Excitement built on a dreary afternoon as we approached the Oranjesluizen.  This was one of the larger lock systems we’ve traversed; four locks, side by side, that are primarily utilized for commercial traffic.  Following the directional signs indicating ‘SPORT’ we tied to a waiting platform for a lift bridge that would raise on schedule to allow safe…

Row, Row, Row…All the Way Home

Having returned to the Ijsselmeer, we approached the town of Lemmer.  It had been a long day’s sail from Makkum, 35.8nm farther north just near the dike, with very light wind but a nice, calm sea state on the lake allowed Detour to make 4-knots.  We were not in a hurry and rather enjoyed a peaceful…

Fun Facts

We chose to travel the Vecht River thanks to a tip from a Dutch couple who we’d met in Belgium; we’d selected it based on most direct route for our plans, little did we know at the time it is also one of the most scenic canals in Europe. Getting local information is often the best…

Detour’s Captain

It took weeks of application preparation; including medical pokings and proddings, gathering positive character references (of which there were several!), completing criminal background checks, and tallying total days spent aboard self-propelled, motor, and sail vessels.  Once the application was prepared and submitted, more weeks passed while awaiting confirmation that the application was, indeed, complete. Approval!…

Congrats to the NEWEST Mr. & Mrs. Grandjean!

When fabulous families converge, wonderful things happen!  Brian and I were not the only Grandjeans en-route to California…but we were the first to arrive and therefore had a great time catching up with Brian’s sister and her husband, Christy and Steve, and with our favorite niece, Molly!  We also spent some quality time with the groom, Brian’s…

VNF

The French Waterways are beautifully maintained; however the Voies Navigables de France (VNF) does not maintain canals and locks out of the goodness of their hearts.  A portion of the funding for the canals comes from pleasure boat licenses.  A pleasure boat license may be acquired at any VNF office, or very easily online at…

Standby…Another Detour Ahead

Brian and I have much to share; Bruce and Kathy having visited, transiting through tunnels, and climbing mountains with Detour!  Yet, although we are landlocked in a first world country, we are very much disconnected…data signals are spotty and wifi seems nonexistent.  Sometimes this is the price we pay for taking the road less traveled!…