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  1. penguin

    Le Boat / Canal Du Midi

    That's all really helpful! Thank's everyone. I'm currently looking at the smallest Horizon boat, as it will just be the two of us, but we are aiming for a little luxury if we can manage it. I've already ordered the information pack, the Le Boat guide to the canal is extensive, which is a great start. I've also equipped myself with a copy of "The Canal Du Midi: A Cruiser's Guide" - which is a lovely little book describing the canal and sights along the way, and nice to have an independent perspective.
  2. penguin

    Le Boat / Canal Du Midi

    I'm thinking about hiring a boat and cruising down the Canal Du Midi (Narbonne to Carcassonne). I was wondering if anyone has done the trip (or has used Le Boat) and had any tips or recommendations on what to see in the area. It certainly feels likely that someone on here will have!
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    Replacement of Bretagne

    Perhaps I'm biased, but I suspect Pont Aven will become her spiritual successor, in that regard. Appropriate given the heavy inspiration taken from Bretagne
  4. penguin

    Fleet Renewal - Second E-Flexer Confirmed

    That's been the most interesting part of the recent orders, since PEGASIS fell through and the securing Honfleur was rumoured to be delayed, I wonder if funding from the traditional French/Breton organisations has been trickier to come by/negotiate. That would certainly explain the turn towards a posh HP agreement from Stena.
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    Immigrants at Ouistreham

    On my most recent trip, there were equal numbers of Genderame and migrants in the car park opposite the port. In contrast to the beach car park where there was neither visible.
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    Fleet Renewal - Second E-Flexer Confirmed

    ha, you can tell it's a Friday
  7. penguin

    Fleet Renewal - Second E-Flexer Confirmed

    Based on connemara's break with tradition - should we expect Spanish names, if they do get placed on those routes
  8. penguin

    Grumps corner

    We had a similar experience on MSM on the Saturday overnight before Easter. We were parked deck 5, with no mezzanine and even so it was only full about half way back! Certainly quite a contrast from high summer!!!
  9. penguin

    Future Ship Powering Options

    I don't see how a shipping company could afford to decommission the ship and dispose/store the waste, when the UK State has struggled so much with it's ageing power plants. We still don't know what to do with the old storage pools at Sellafield (or even what's in there).
  10. penguin

    Cork to Santander Route to Launch in 2018

    and they already know the numbers of irish registered lorries using their UK - Spain routes, so armed with that knowledge, a freight centric service should be low risk.
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    Fishing Protests

    I think this is more about the ownership of British registered vessels. They are british registered companies, but with foreign owners. Much of the criticism really falls to defras door, as they give most of the quota to the large groups, leaving little for your average fishermen.
  12. penguin

    BF versus the competition

    That's not how it felt
  13. penguin

    BF versus the competition

    Ordinarily I can't see Etretat's deck being much of a problem as it's so enclosed. Having said that, the only time I've been was in a force 8 storm, so I had a thick coating of salt and ash to contend with!
  14. penguin

    Forum Flagging up as not secure

    try https://letsencrypt.org/ - it's a little bit of faf to set up (haven't done it myself I'm afraid) but basically designed for this kind of scenario to provide no-cost certs where you don't need all the serious stuff, just a secure connection.
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    Portsmouth Berth 4 to be replaced

    (speculating wildly) Perhaps a gentle start on the Spanish ships where the schedules would allow time to be caught up, should there be any teething issues.