Coincidental with some national encouragements for waterways transportation, a group located at Carcassonne has banded together to invest in the sole remaining commercial peniche (i.e excluding the dozen or so hotel barges) operating on the Canal des Deux Mers, from Sete to Toulouse and onward to Bordeaux.
Le Tourmente is operated by Jean-Marc Samuel, based at Roubia on the Canal du Midi. The peniche transports wine from local growers, local produce from local markets and also provides a venue for entertainments and exhibitions.
The investors make an initial contribution of 500 euros and then 20 euros each month for five years. At the end of that time they either accept their loss with the satisfaction of helping to encourage commercial life on the canal, or recoup their investment with interest.