A newly developed self-drive hire boat for 4+ people
The Nicols Sixto Prestige self-drive hire boat has 2 cabins for 4 persons, with a smart modern design for the master and twin-bed cabins, an excellent shower-room and a spacious bright panoramic saloon and galley area. There is also a sofa-bed in the saloon.
Level with the saloon is a rear deck for sitting and dining, higher up is the upper sun deck with its own steering position, and there is forward terrace at the bow, perfect to relax with a nice cool drink and enjoy a boating holiday or vacation on the French canals.
- A large ‘walk through’ rear (aft) terrace that is perfect for eating or relaxing. It has a sun awning, table and chairs, shower and swimming ladder and also gates on either side for easy access whichever way round the boat is moored up.
- A staircase (moulded into the hull) gives access up to the ‘flying bridge’ (the upper deck) which provides superb elevated views of the passing scene as well as a steering position. The boat’s controls fold away to maximise the use and enjoyment of the deck.
- A galley (kitchen) that is fully equipped to a high standard and cabins and shower rooms that are spacious and comfortable.
- Length 13.50m – Width 3.80m
- Spacious ‘master cabin’
- Second cabin with single beds
- Saloon Area 11 sq.m
- 220 Litre Fridge-Freezer
- 4-Ring Hob – Oven
- Inside / Outside Steering Positions
- Shower and Bathing Ladders
- Radio / CD / TV
- Exclusive Nicols ‘Piscinette’ heated pool annexe option
Nicols Estivale Sixto Prestige regions - North Burgundy-Nivernais
Hire Boating – Loing Valley, Briare and Loire
► Self-drive boats available in Northern Burgundy-Nivernais-Upper Loire
Hire Fleets and Bases
■ Locaboat/Linssen: Briare and Dompieerre s/Bresbre (also Corbigny*)
■ LeBoat: Chatillon-sur-Loire and Decize (also Tannay*)
■ Nicols: Rogny-les-Sept-Ecluses and Plagny
Canal de Briare – Canal Loire Lateral – *Canal du Nivernais
South of Paris, where the western part of Burgundy blurs prettily with the Loire Valley, a cruise along the Canal de Loing, the Canal de Briare and the Canal Loire Lateral reveals a number of hidden treasures in a landscape that inspired the painter Alfred Sisley. There are engineering feats to marvel at along the waterway –the elegant aqueduct at Briare, once the longest in the world, and at Rogny an atmospheric flight of seven locks, no longer in use but full of echoes of the past.
The Palace of Fontainebleau originally served as a hunting lodge and of all royal residences it is the only one to have been continuously inhabited for seven centuries. Thousand year old castles are plentiful – Saint Fargeau and Sully-sur-Loire boast breathtaking examples. Equally charming is the ancient town of Montargis, which with its network of narrow canals and bridges invites comparisons to Venice.
– [below] In the region: Briare, Moret-sur-Loing (Sisley), Chateau de Sully –
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The interactive panorama below is of the Sixto
The Sixto Prestige is very similar, with an enlarged front master cabin and 2 cabins in total
The Nicols ‘Piscinette’ heated boat pool (optional extra)
The French canal and river network is the most extensive, most delightful, in the world. Exploring the waterways, passing through towns, villages and beautiful countryside – usually in bright sunshine – is enjoyable almost beyond compare. Equally enjoyable is the opportunity to ‘take a dip’ and with most watercourses, man-made or natural, this is very possible.
The unique Nicols Piscinette expands this delight still further, providing one’s own private small pool, with the clean water at a warm temperature, the depth certain and the poolside safe. A great little splashy playground for the young – and the not so young!
The pool is rather like a floating trailer that is fixed to and towed behind Nicols boats. Every recent type of boat in the Nicols fleet is suitable – Sedan, Grand Confort or Estivale. The boat attachment is completely secure and a boat equipped with a Piscinette is as easy to drive as one without. Overall, it is 2.55m long by 3.10m wide and the pool holds 700 litres of fresh clean water that is brought to a comfortable temperature through connections to the boat engine heat exchanger. There is also a circulation pump and filtration skimmer, to keep things sweet, just like its full-size cousins.
The Nicols ‘pool annexe’ has guard rails, storage boxes – and for when the pool is not in use, it has sliding rigid covers robust enough to stand on or keep things on.