River boating on the rise

> Ouest France (30 April 2012) 

 

Once upon a time, fans of river boating were airily dismissed as ‘freshwater sailors’! But times change. The “round and pompous” lines of the boats of yesteryear are gone […] with their new look, modern boats are more popular with a “younger clientele”, used to ocean sailing. Little by little, the image of river tourism has changed, and it now attracts increasing numbers of French people every year.

[…] “Many people in France assume you need a permit. But French law does not require one, provided the boat does not exceed 15 metres in length, and has an engine with a maximum speed no higher than 12km/h. Just a “short half-hour lesson” is enough to learn how to handle the boat.

 

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