An economical self-drive hire boat for 6 people

With a versatile arrangement for 6+ people this earlier Nicols design has 2 double cabins, one with an additional single bed, a twin bed cabin and a convertible double in the saloon.

The saloon has an overhead sliding roof so that you can relax in the sun as you cruise along the French canals on your boating holiday or vacation, and also to dine under the stars when you stop for the night. It’s also offered at a very attractive price.

At A Glance

Key Features:

  • Length 11.20m – Width 3.40m
  • 3 Cabins – 2 Double Beds + 3 Single Beds
  • Convertible Double Bed In Saloon
  • 2 Washrooms/WCs (1 Separate WC )
  • Saloon Area 9 sq.m
  • 100 Litre Fridge
  • 2-Ring Hob/Oven

Self drive hire boats are easy to operate and clients are always given thorough hands-on instruction before setting out – including about dealing with the locks that punctuate French inland ‘voyages’, that are straightforward to become familiar with, and that actually provide lots of interest for the boating holiday or vacation. Steering positions are located either inside the hire boat or outside (in the sunshine) on an aft (rear) deck or on the boat’s roof. Controls are simple – a steering wheel for direction and a throttle linked to an automatic gearbox. Push the lever to go forward, pull back to go into reverse and slow down. Some boats have bow-thrusters to push the boat sideways and help change direction at slow speeds.

On a boating holiday or vacation on the rivers and canals of France it is possible to stop – to moor up – almost anywhere. Against the river or canal bank in the middle of some gloriously peaceful scenic countryside, or to a quayside or pontoon in the middle of a picturesque historic village. Not only does every day bring fresh scenes, fresh pleasures, but also almost every turn of the waterway does the same.

For more information, see the “All About Hire Boating” page

Nicols Riviera 1130 regions - Aquitaine-Gascony | Anjou

Hire Boating – Aquitaine

map aquitaine► Self-drive boats available in Aquitaine-Charente
Hire Fleets and Bases
 LeBoat: Castelsarrasin and Mas d’Agenais
 Locaboat: Agen and Valence s/Baise
 Nicols: Buzet s/Baise

Canal de Garonne – Canal de Montech-Montauban – River Baise

Aquitaine covers the far southwest corner of France and its capital Bordeaux is a stately presence on the estuary of the Garonne river and is ineffably associated with fine wines, claret in particular. The Maison du Vin in the city centre offers an introduction to many vintages, but a visit to some of the prestigious vineyards themselves is hard to beat.

Helping to link Bordeaux to Toulouse, the Canal de Garonne shadows a popular pilgrimage route to Compostella and one of its outstanding waystations is the town of Moissac, world famous for its Romanesque abbey cloister. There are exquisite country villages to discover, including Serignac with its curiously twisted church spire, and as you travel inland from the Atlantic the vineyards are replaced by orchards growing apples, pears and particularly Ente plums. Agen has become synonymous with prunes and the Pruneau d’Agen is so fine that it has earned itself a Protected Geographical Indication, which governs the location and means of its production.

– [below] In the region: Moissac, Wine Tasting, Canal de Garonne, Serignac, Agen –

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Hire Boating – Anjou

map anjou► Self-drive boats available in Brittany-Anjou
Hire Fleets and Bases
 Nicols: Grez-Neuville, Laval and Sable s/Sarthe

River Mayenne – River Sarthe

The River Mayenne rises in Southern Normandy and travels south to Angers where it joins the River Sarthe and becomes the River Maine It is a stretch of water characterized by unspoilt country villages, wide meadows and ancient water mills. Angers itself was once the capital of Anjou and gave rise to the historic Plantagenet dynasty whose descendants ruled over England in the Middle Ages.

At Laval, which was formerly a centre for linen and textiles and the birthplace of the artist Henri Rousseau, an ancient chateau gazes down over the river. With the Loire Valley close by, chateaux abound: Plessis-Bourre is a fairytale construction surrounded by a moat which still has a working drawbridge, while at Lassay there are two fine examples within a kilometre of each other. Local delicacies include Rillauds d’Anjou, a dish of pork belly cooked in fat, and Muscadet-flavoured sausages, best washed down with a glass of wine from nearby Saumur.

– [below] In the region: Angers, Plessis Bouré, River Sarthe, Lassay, Laval –

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