Buying a barge,your questions answered

This is a new page to answer some of the many questions that you have on the waterways - more questions will be answered as time goes  by.

Frequently asked:

  • Question - What is the max practical barge size to navigate the popular French Canals?

  • Answer: Length 29m x Beam 5.05m x Draft 1.4m with an air draft of 3.4m. Unfortunately the Canal Du Nivernais has many bridges that are lower than this. If you wish to go all the way on the Canal du Midi the max length is 29m as there is a short section that has locks of only 30m in length.