Clive Edwards, Boating in France, Hornbeam Cottage, School Lane, Litton Cheney, Dorchester DT2 9AU  E-mail: boating@hornbeam-cottage.co.uk
Welcome Aboard is for everyone interested in any aspect of boating in the UK, France and Europe - whether with their own boat, or those interested in hiring a boat, perhaps for the first time, or even for those just interested in a boat trip. It was compiled by Clive Edwards, a Yachtmaster and former Auxiliary Coastguard with many years experience of boating on coastal and inland waterways throughout Europe.
Welcome Aboard are UK agents for Nicols Boats, one of the leading French boat hire fleets operating on all the major and most attractive waterways for cruising. Nicols operate a fleet of more than 400 cruisers from some twenty bases throughout the French inland waterways system - You can chose to rent a boat from a range of cruisers varying in size from those with just two berths up to those that will accommodate twelve people and even feature their own swimming pool! For those interested in owning their own boat you can just choose to buy one of Nicols cruisers either new or second-hand.
For more information, to book on-line, or to buy a boat simply click on the “Nicols” button below, or email boating@hornbeam-cottage.co.uk for a free full colour Nicols river cruising brochure.
Please note that the Nicols website works best using Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome as browsers. Problems may be experienced with Internet Explorer 7 or above. Both Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome are free downloads. Mozilla Firefox can be downloaded from http://www.mozilla.org/ and  Google Chrome from http://www.google.com/chrome/ 
So what does Boating in France Ltd do, apart from acting as agents for Nicols cruiser hire and boat sales? Firstly we publish our own guides, including our comprehensive introductory guide to the French Inland Waterways, our own “Boating Basics” guide, and we also sell a range of other maritime publications, including the Guides Fluvial pilot guides for the French inland waterways We also provide advice about ferry crossings to France and other European countries, guidance as to the most competitive free crossing rates, and even an on-line ferry booking system! Click here for details
Our website includes cruising suggestions, reports on cruises we’ve undertaken ourselves, links to other maritime websites, an extensive maritime database of many of the most important best known boating organisations in the UK and in France, and even a link to the AIS Marine Traffic website where you can see what ships are operating in any area of the world that happens to take your fancy!  So, whether you’re interested in cruising around the French inland waterways, or around the coast, you should be able to find what you’re looking for here. 
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Our MD Clive Edwards is a semi-retired yachting journalist with a background and many years experience in the travel industry. He also has many years sailing and boating experience, including several years as a rescue officer for the British Olympic Sailing Team. He is a qualified yachtmaster Instructor and a former Auxiliary Coastguard. These days he is the Commodore of the Merchant Navy Association Boat Club and a member of the Royal Dorset Yacht Club He spends several months of the year with his wife Lois and two small dogs on their own motor-cruiser based on a mooring in Port Ambonne in the south of France where they cruise on the Med., on the River Herault and on the Canal du Midi, Welcome Aboard is part of a small organisation “ Boating in France Ltd” which is involved in a variety of maritime activities including publishing its own waterways guides, distributing other boating guides, representing French boat-hire operators, including an on-line hire cruiser booking service, providing advice on all aspects of boating and travel by sea, and even providing an on-line booking service for cross channel ferry operators.
Opening Times: Monday to Friday 09.30-17.00 Email: boating@hornbeam-cottage.co.uk Postal Address: Boating-in-France, Hornbeam Cottage, School Lane, Litton Cheney, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 9AU
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