Join us on our travels around Europe aboard our Dutch Tjalk Francoise

  • Jill Budd

    After 6 years aboard our Narrowboat Matilda Rose in the UK, we took the plunge and shipped her across to Europe. After 2 years in Europe we knew we didn't want to return to the UK so took the plunge and purchased a 1902 20 mtr Dutch Tjalk called Francoise and are now continuing our travels of the waterways of Europe in a buxom wench

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All complete

Posted by contentedsouls on 07/03/2014

The last phase of the operation is now complete, the ferry is booked, 1400hrs 14th April 2014 DFDS Seaways Dover to Dunkirk, one way ticket: 2 passengers, 2 dogs, 1 cat and 1 car £35.

One nights accommodation in a Belgium B&B, 5km north of Nieuwpoort at a place called Middelkerke. €65 includes a sea view, unfortunately it will probably be dark when we arrive and when we leave.

Look out Europe here we all come!

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European Lighting Regs

Posted by contentedsouls on 07/03/2014

Navigation lights are a mandatory requirement on continental inland waterways, and they apparently are very strict about it, unlike here in UK.

However, as with all the regs in Europe, there are different requirements depending on the length of you boat, and the cut off is 20 Mtrs. the main difference is that above 20 Mtrs all navigation lights have to be a minimum of 8 inches square. Now that’s not very pretty on a Narra.

Fortunately Matilda Rose comes in at 19.82 Mtrs, but we are having to fit extra lighting to cover the CEVNI Regs. Firstly 225 degree forward facing white Navigation light with 3nm visibility, set 2.5 Mtrs above the Gunwhale and dusk to dawn Anchor light. Both these are going to be mounted on the extending pole where at present we have the TV aerial. A little bit of carpentry and carving required me thinks.


That is now the last of the modifications we have needed to do to MR complete, well almost, I still need to complete the electrics for the front mast, which will include a dusk to dawn sensor for the Anchor light.

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