Posted 09 August 2018 - 08:37 AM
KM, the costs to use the French canals is €284.20 per year, and that's it. For this you get to sail on the canals (obviously), the transiting of all locks, tunnels and lifting bridges, the supply of the telecomnander remote to operate the automatic locks, the use of all canal side mooring areas and fresh water and rubbish removal. The only additional fees are the few manually operated locks where the VNF employees students during their summer break and it is customary to tip them a euro.
As well, every little canal side village will have 3 or 4 piers,each accommodating up to 6 boats depending on size, also supplying water, rubbish tins and in many cases electricity, all for free. And the really good ones also have showers and washing machines - free.
In this regard I think NZ has missed the boat.
Consider our hometown Whangamata. Apart from the DOC camp we used to have 3 campgrounds. Now we have one and it's for sale. Not everyone that likes to holiday in Whanga can afford a motel so visitor numbers are hugely reduced and the town suffers. I admit if I owned a campground I'd sell it and be very well off thank you, but shouldn't the Council be buying them? That's what all the little village councils are doing here because they appreciate that providing amenities for canal boaters and camper vanners benefits their town in the long run. Good forward thinking.
Concerning the Falkirk Wheel, we have something similar to look forward to in the next few days. First, two tunnels, one 800 metres and then one 2400 metres and then the Nederville (?) Incline. This is something like a bath tub at the end of the canal that you sail into, the doors close and then the bath tub trundle 45 metres at a 45 degree incline up to the next canal level. Free if you want to use it, a charge if you're a tourist wanting to see it operating. I'll post some pics if I'm not too petrified.
Young at heart.
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