In 2001 we bought an ex-charter Jeanneau Eau-Claire canal boat from Rive-de-France. Aigues-Mortes was moored in Colombier, in the South of France near Narbonne and Montpelier.
I bought it sight unseen, over the Internet - this was probably not my best decision - although the one we bought was probably in better condition than most others in their fleet, we were initially a little disappointed with the condition of her.
The Yanmar 35HP 4-cylinder motor was in excellent condition and most fittings were in good nick, but the fibreglass hull had a few bashes in places. Later, to our horror we witnessed first hand the abuse canal boats suffer at the hands of inexperienced people.
I repaired many of the cracks on the hull, as well as completely recovering and insulating the inside walls. I also removed the cockpit floor and repaired the balsa core that had been damaged due to water ingress.
We owned her for 7 months and enjoyed the trip we did on her (see our travel page for details). I sold her to Simon & Andrea, a Kiwi couple who ran a narrow boat charter operation in Le Somail, a small quaint hamlet in the Canal du Midi.
BMW 1-cylinder 9HP, shaft drive
Yanmar 4-cylinder 40HP, shaft drive
5 knots on Canal du Midi
6 berths in total