"Pouilly-en-Axois : Boat Stop" Pouilly-en-Auxois Travelogue by pedroswift
Pouilly-en-Auxois Travel Guide: 2 reviews and 7 photos
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The Port de Plaisance at Pouilly-en-Axois is quite large.
Power and Water.
Facilities are excellent and includes washing machine. €5/night all inclusive.
ATAC Hypermarket is a couple of hundred metres away.
Canal museum in the port area.
Town centre is an easy walk ie flat but close to 2kms away. We ate at a couple of excellent restaurants. a little more on intro page
Quite a good stopping spot to build up courage for the transit of the 3.3 Kms Tunnel.
Despite the extensive quays for mooring, We had to raft up to another boat for a while because all berths were taken. This was early in the "Season" ... middle of May. I assume during high summer there is even more demand.
Pouilly-en-Axois is a natural place to stop for more than one night after making the climb from either the north-west or the east. The one-way traffic system in the tunnel causes delays anyway. so it's a popular spot.
The VNF staff were very particular about safety equipment on boats transitting the tunnel. They did an inspection of each boat.
It was compulsory to wear life jackets. A vhf radio was compulsory - they supplied one if you did not have one. As well as a fixed spot light on the boat a spare heavy duty torch was required.
We arrive from Pont Royal PK 137 (approx) via 13 up locks during a morning's run of 3.5 hours. Included a run of 10.5kms on one bief between locks 12 & 13. What!!?? 10.5 kms without passing thru' a lock. That is unusual on this canal system!!
The last 7 locks are very close together (7 in 2 kms) and are electrified. Our Eclusier worked 45 minutes past his lunch time 1200 knowing it would be more efficient to get us to the port at Pouilly in one go. We gave him half a dozen beers...as we always do when service from VNF staff is beyond the expected. Working in pouring rain for example.
By the way, the final stages of the climb to Pouilly are exposed to the weather. During our trip there was a dramatic drop in atmospheric pressure over a short time period and we were subjected to a 25 knot cross wind. This is OK when one arrives in an empty lock. However, as the lock fills up, the boat is exposed to the buffeting which requires extra vigilance with line handling and during the exiting of the lock. Quite tricky to get out of the lock without hitting the open lock gates.
more about the town on the intro page
On the Saone side of Pouilly tunnel there is a suit of manual locks self-operated (12 in 4.4 kms). The warning given in the Cruising Guide reads:
"A leaflet explaining the manoeuvres required (in the yachtsman's language) is given by the lock keeper at L1.
The operation of these ten locks is rather long and tedious and is hard for elderly people."
Luckily for us, two VNF lock keepers on motor bikes set up the locks for us on this stretch which was in pouring rain. Hope they didn't drink their gift of beer at lunch time & then ride their bikes. ( I wonder if this service is the norm or whether our involvement in the locking operations prior to Pouilly plus our appreciation of the eclusier's overtime were instrumental in their efforts??)
We stopped for lunch from 1200 to 1300 at Vandenesse. Did 11 locks to Pont D'Ouche in the afternoon. ( Day's run: 19 locks 19 kms 6.5 hours engine time).
Of course, with down-locks there is no need to send a person ahead to catch lines thrown up to lockside (as we do with up-locks). It's easy for crew to just step ashore in the full lock. Potential day's run is higher if locks are set up prior to boat arriving. Mr Murphy can, however, spoil it!!!
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