Over the past three weeks Liz and I - and later with help from friend Shaun - have been taking Liberty on her last voyage. It's not been without drama.

After wintering over at the small port of Sillery 10kms south of Reims, where in February and March the boat was subjected to ice and snow, it was great to arrive in early April to find her in such good condition. It's almost as though the boat fairies had been on deck and done some cleaning, but maybe the snow did that.

Anyway, we did all the usua...

March 5, 2018

While Liberty is still for sale, Liz and I have decided to move her back to where we bought her from, the central-eastern inland port of Saint-Jean-de-Losne.

As you'll know if you've been following the updates, she has been wintering-over (hivernage in French) in Sillery in Champagne, but it's a very small marina and not frequented much by boat-buyers, whereas St-J-de-L has two big boat brokerages, a large marina, and is on the confluence of the Bourgogne canal and the Saône River. It has good ra...

February 20, 2018

I write a monthly column for Motor Boat and Yachting Magazine here in the UK, essentially serialising the story of our year living on board 'Liberty'.

I've just finished writing the latest episode about the time four years ago that Liz and I tackled the famed Fonserannes Staircase locks in Languedoc-Rousillon.

The pic here was our first view from the bottom - a scary sight, and yes, a tough climb!!

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