This is an approximate, rule of thumb, comparison, guide. It may be possible to do these passages faster or be obliged by circumstances to do them slower. Distances are approximate. No allowance for un-masting or re-masting or similar operations. No allowance for sightseeing stops, which are of course, almost essential . .
Using a pilot-guides is strongly recommended: Breil Guides or Fluviacarte (Navicarte) Guides
North-South Passages, Channel to the Mediterranean
Depending on the route, the controlling dimensions are those common to the various ‘central’ canals – 1.8m water draft, 3.5m air draft, 5m width. Journey time between 24 and 34 days.
1a From Calais to Pont l’Eveque
1b From St Valery-sur-Somme to Pont l’Eveque
From Pont l’Eveque to Chalon-sur-Saone
2a Paris and the ‘Bourbonnais’ Loire-Centre route to Chalon-sur-Saone
2b The ‘Champagne’ Marne-Saone route to Chalon-sur-Saone
From Le Havre (or Honfleur) to Chalon-sur-Saone
3 Le Havre or Honfleur to Paris (Charenton)
4 From Paris to Chalon-sur-Saone
4a The ‘Bourbonnais’ Loire-Centre route to Chalon-sur-Saone
4b The Eastern ‘Champagne’ Marne-Saone route
5a From Chalon-sur-Saone to Arles (or Saint-Gilles if heading west)
5b From Arles/Saint-Gilles to the Med – options
East-West Passages, Mediterranean to the Atlantic
The controlling dimensions are those of the Canal du Midi – 1.4m* water draft (*theoretical), 3.3m air draft, 5.4m width. Journey time between 14 and 18 days.
6a From the Mediterranean ports to Port la Robine (Canal du Midi)
6b From Port la Robine to Pauillac (Bordeaux) – The Canal des Deux Mers