Leaving the canal - Entering La Saone (river)
Grete & Fred Vithen
Thu 20 Nov 2014 21:26
Today we left Canal Champagne et Bourgogne entering La Soane. Felt like going from slow-motion to “fly” downstream on the river.
We are moored for the evening in a small shallow marina close to, Pontailler-sur-Saone.
STUCK IN THE MUD
This was the last lock, Ecluse 43 Avalant (down stream). We had to let this barge to pass. Parked at the shallow canal side.
Even moving slow they move incredible amounts of water. Pushing us side ways further into the mud.
Stuck in the mud. Rudder impossible to move.
Saved by long strong lines, the super strong new anchor winch and the Lewmar 54 in the aft.
A line mounted to a telegraph pole on the other side of the canal attached to the big muscle machine in the front manage to drag us off. Max checking the pole.
OK, now the stern is free. Still rudder in deep shit.
Time for Lewmar 54 to do some hard work. Attaching the line to the very end and using the bow thruster we managed to get Sans Peur afloat again, without any damages.
Every day is a challenge. Keeps you alive.
End of this canal. 114 locks.
Enterring La Soane.
A bit of a challenge.