Saturday, June 16, 2018


Mark checking out Le Boat Magnifique 7

From Venice, we boarded a pre-arranged taxi van to deliver us to the village of Precenicco, a Base and starting point for our canal cruising adventure. 
Departing Precenicco
After provisioning the galley with food stuffs and supplies from a nearby grocery (a quick stop by the taxi van), we arrived at the base and received our canal maps and boat operation instructions from office staff. 
Our 44-foot Magnifique 7 boat had a 40-horse power engine with a top speed of about 5 miles an hour; yes, one could run or even walk as fast as the boat could move. 
Departing around 4:30pm, we motored south down the Fiume (River) Stella, stopping at a restaurant moorage facility consisting of poles along the river bank. 
The bow line and stern line are wrapped around the poles and brought back to cleats on the boat; a typical procedure used along the rivers and canals.  To go ashore, a plank is placed perpendicular to shore, extending from the boat to land – sometimes grass, and sometimes a wooden walkway or cement bulkhead.  A good sense of balance is a plus when “walking the plank” ashore. 
Seeing that the boat was securely tied-off to the poles, we stepped ashore to enjoy a nice dinner at this beautiful location. 
No extra fee for moorage is charged at dining customer locations, so it’s a nice option while touring the canals.

If you would like more information on Canal Boating in Europe, or to book a canal boat trip for 2019, contact Mark Bunzel, ( for information and briefings on canal boat trips in France and Italy now being planned.

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