Your start base

Locate the bases

Documents to bring:
Passport (or ID card for EU countries and Switzerland). You must be over 18 to pilot the boat.

Highway code:
minimum age 18 years | seatbelt mandatory | children aged under 10 must remain in the rear seats| maximum speed: on motorways: 130 km/h | on major roads: 90 km/h | in urban areas: 50 km/h.

Opening times:
shops are open from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. | closed Monday | food shops are sometimes open on Sunday morning.

Bank Holidays:
Easter Monday (6th April 2015) | Labour Day (1st May) | 8th May | Ascension Day (14th May 2015) | Whitsun Monday (25th May 2015) | Bastille Day (14th July) | Assumption (15th August) and All Saints Day (1st November)

make sure you obtain an E111 form (EU citizens) or a health insurance declaration.

card phone boxes (cards available from newsagents or post offices). Country code for France: +33 (remove the 0 at the start of the local number).

In emergencies:
Fire brigade: 18 | Police: 17 | SAMU (ambulance service): 15 | International emergency number: 112.


You can obtain a holiday fishing card (a passport photo will be required), valid for one week between 1 June and 30 September. This card costs around €30. The base will tell you where you can buy it. Depending on the region, this 'holiday fishing card' may be more widely available.

When such a card is not available, you must purchase an annual card, which will be considerably more expensive. Make sure to ask your start base for the details. Trolling is forbidden. Do not forget to respect the minimum sizes for fish catches (pike = 50 cm, zander = 40 cm, trout = 23 cm).

Navigation advice

The charge to use the waterways and locks is included in the rental price.

There are some lift bridges which are open at set times, such as the Pont de Frontignan on the Canal du Rhône à Sète), and others which will be opened on request; lastly, there are some bridges which you must operate yourself. You will find the relevant information on your river map as well as in the book on board your boat.

Sailing on the Etang de Thau is forbidden in speeds of over 3 on the Beaufort Scale (12-19 km/h, 8-11 knots). Your hostess will give you all the relevant information on site. Locks are generally closed during public holidays such as 1 May, 14 July (Bastille Day) and 1 November. However, there are many exceptions: refer to the base sheets on the following pages.

Your starting base

Three good reasons to cruise with Locaboat

icon confortTried and trusted to deliver quality boating holidays since 1977
icon securite380 high quality boats and barges to choose from
icon liberte200 different cruises to enjoy in 24 regions across Europe

Locaboat Plaisance SAS

BP 150
89303 Joigny Cedex - France

Tel.: +44 (0)20 3966 4318

moyen de paiement