Hire Boat: Nicols Sedan 1010

A distinctively modern self-drive hire boat for 6+ people

Your party of 6+ can have a great boating holiday or vacation in the Sedan 1010. With 3 equal-sized double cabins there is also a convertible double sofa for extra guests when required.

The Sedan design is distinctively unique and provides the perfect self-drive hire boat for exploring the French canals. The superb saloon has a panoramic view and includes the skipper’s steering position. Large glazed sliding doors give direct level access to the rear sun deck – perfect for relaxing and dining under the integral canopy.

At A Glance

Key Features:

  • Length 10m – Width 3.70m
  • 3 Cabins: 3 Double Beds
  • Convertible Double Bed In Saloon
  • 2 Washrooms-WCs
  • Saloon Area 10 sq.m
  • 220 Litre Fridge-Freezer
  • 2-Ring Hob/Oven
  • Autonomy 14 Days
  • Inside / Outside Steering Positions
  • Exclusive Nicols ‘Piscinette’ heated pool annexe option

About canal boat rental holidays and vacations

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 Sedan 1010 regions - Alsace | South Burgundy-Saone | Camargue-Mediterranean | Midi-Languedoc | Aquitaine-Gascony



Hire Boating – Alsace

map alsace► Self-drive boats available in Ardennes and Alsace
 Nicols: Harskirchen and Saverne
 LeBoat: Hesse and Boofzheim
 Locaboat/Linssen: Lutzelbourg

Canal Marne au Rhin – Canal Rhone au Rhin (N) – Canal de la Sarre

The waterways of North-East France are set against striking backdrops – the forests of the Ardennes, the Vosges mountains, the beautiful Doubs valley – with the River Rhine marking its eastern-most edge. Being so close to Germany and Switzerland, these influences and references are strong: castles, steeply pitched roofs, decorative timberwork, hearty cuisine, Riesling wine, plus a big selection of beers – no more so than in the regional capital of Strasbourg, where French poet and novelist Victor Hugo described the 12th century cathedral as, “a gigantic and delicate marvel.”

At Saverne the Lalique Museum is home to more than 500 exceptional pieces of glassware by French designer René Lalique. The Arzviller boat lift is a marvel of engineering that carries boats 450 feet up the Vosges Mountains and for the perfect end to a day’s strenuous sightseeing, try sipping a glass of Riesling wine in Place Stanislas, the gilded, UNESCO listed central square in the Art Nouveau city of Nancy.

– [below] In the region: Strasbourg, Nancy, Lalique Glass, Arzviller Boat Lift, Canal Marne-Rhine –

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Hire Boating – The Saone and Franche-Comté

map saone doubs► Self-drive boats available in South Burgundy-France Comté
Hire Fleets and Bases
 Locaboat/Linssen: Besancon and Scey s/Saone
 Nicols: Dole and Port s/Saone
 LeBoat: Gray, St Jean de Losne and Fontenoy

River Saone – River Doubs – Canal Rhone au Rhin – Canal de Bourgogne

The Saone is one of the most peaceful rivers in France: wending its way from the mountains of the Vosges to the Rhone, linking up with the Burgundy Canal, the River Doubs and the Rhone au Rhine Canal and passing through ravishing countryside replete with wildlife.

Formerly an outpost on the border between the historic kingdoms of France and Burgundy, Verdun sur le Doubs is now better known for the delicious stew made from locally caught river fish – Pochouse. Also on the River Doubs, Dole retains much of its medieval character and Besancon, with its spectacular citadel designed by the French military architect Vaubun, is worth the journey further upstream. Auxonne also has military associations – it was where Napoleon was trained as a soldier.

– [below] In the region: Mantoche, Besancon, Dole, Verdun-sur-le-Doubs, Auxonne –

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Hire Boating – South Burgundy

map loire burgundy► Self-drive boats available in South Burgundy-France Comté
Hire Fleets and Bases
 Locaboat/Linssen: Dompierre s/Bresbre, St Leger s/Dheune and Macon
 LeBoat: Branges

Canal du Centre – River Saone – River Seille

The Saone is one of the most attractive rivers in France: wide, sleepy and unhurried, it wends its way from the mountains of the Vosges to the Rhone, linking up with the Burgundy Canal, the River Doubs and the Rhone au Rhine Canal and passing through delightful countryside replete with wildlife. Macon offers an ideal base for discovering the Beaujolais – an undulating crest of hills famous for the production of light red wine, while fans of photography will be keen to visit Chalon-sur-Saone, the home of Nicéphore Niepce and thus regarded as the birthplace of this popular art form: the colourful Sunday market offers perfect opportunities for taking vivid holiday snaps.

A bucolic tributary of the Saone, the River Seille leads to the heartlands of Bresse, famous for its delicious chickens which have appellation d’origine contrôlée status, while the Canal de Centre which links the Canal Lateral a la Loire with the Saone, passes through the rolling verdant vineyards of the Cote Challonais.

– [below] In the region: River Seille, Chalon-sur-Saone, River Saone, Macon, Canal du Centre –

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Hire Boating – Camargue and Mediterranean Coast

map camargue provence► Self-drive boats available in Camargue-Languedoc
 LeBoat: Beaucaire and St Gilles
 Locaboat: Lattes (Montpellier)
 Nicols: Aigues-Mortes and Bellegarde

Canal Rhone a Sete – River Lez

The River Rhone rises in the Swiss Alps and is joined by the Saone at Lyon becoming one of Europe’s major waterways,  and as it heads south it passes memorable and famous towns such as Valence, Viviers (a beautiful hilltop medieval village overlooking the river), Avignon with its famous bridge and papal palace, and finally Arles, where Van Gogh created his most iconic sun-drenched paintings. Here, the Petit Rhone branches off into the Camargue,  Europe’s largest river delta where the reed marshes are teeming with wildlife – including over 350 species of waterbirds, wild black bulls and the famous white Camargue horses. Not to be missed is the fortified crusader town of Aigues Mortes, founded by the French King Saint Louis in 1242.

Heading west from Aigues-Mortes, just metres from the Mediterranean, runs the lock-free Rhone-Sete Canal arriving at France’s own Venetian-style seaport, Sete, and the Etang de Thau, a large inland lagoon, where waterborne visitors may live like kings on fresh moules marinières and bouziegues oysters, washed down with Muscat wines and Noilly Prat vermouth.

– [below] In the region: Sete, Mediterranean, Camargue, Van Gogh/Arles, Avignon, Pont du Gard, Aigues-Mortes –

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Hire Boating – Midi-Languedoc

map midi languedoc► Self-drive boats available in Midi-Languedoc
Hire Fleets and Bases
 LeBoat: Port Cassafieres, Narbonne, Homps, Trebes and Castelnaudary
 France Afloat / Linssen: Capestang
 Locaboat: Argens-Minervois and Negra
 Nicols: Le Somail and Port Lauragais

Canal du Midi – Canal de la Robine

The Canal du Midi has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in recognition of the achievement of architect Pierre-Paul Riquet in linking the Etang du Thau in the south east with the River Garonne in Toulouse, effectively connecting the Mediterranean with the Atlantic. His engineering prowess can be seen in the flight of nine characteristically oval-shaped locks at Fonserannes near the ancient city of Beziers, and if ticking off UNESCO sites is your thing, then you get two for one in Carcassonne, where the canal passes close to the ancient citadel that forms one of the most iconic skylines in the whole country.

The canal meanders between the vineyards of Corbieres to the south and the Minervois to the north and a visit to the wine town of Minerve, one of the most beautiful in France, is a treat. A diversion along the Canal de la Robine leads to Narbonne, which dates back to Roman times when it was a strategic trading centre, and even today its covered market, supplied by local producers, is a kind of foodie heaven.

– [below] In the region: Minervois, Minerve, Canal du Midi, Beziers, Narbonne, Carcassonne –

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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 – River Lot

map river lot► Self-drive boats available in Aquitaine-Charente
Hire Fleets and Bases
 LeBoat: Douelle
 Locaboat: Cahors
 Nicols: Bouzies

River Lot (Upper Section)

One of the loveliest rivers of them all, the Lot rises in the Cevennes and travels west through Quercy, famous for its ravishingly pretty villages and traditional dovecotes made from honey-coloured stone. Two sections of the waterway are navigable, the lower from Nicole to Lustrac and the upper from Luzech to Larnagol.

The river cuts through spectacular gorges and perched at the top of one enjoying breathtaking views is the ancient town of St-Cirq-la-Popie, which was built by three feuding families who attempted to out-do each other with the magnificent architecture of their homes. Where the cliff overhangs the towpath at Bouzies, the rock has been decorated with sculptures by Daniel Monnier, but perhaps the most memorable image of the river is the stunning Valentre bridge at Cahors which was completed in 1378, although legend has it that the master builder made a pact with the devil to help speed up construction. Cahors itself is the capital of the Lot and is best known for its feisty red wine.

– [below] In the region: Bouzies, St-Cirq-la-Popie, Cahors, Laroque-des-Arcs –

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The Nicols ‘Piscinette’ heated boat pool (optional extra)

Nicols Piscinette boat pool

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.



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