Rouen Docks

We all then slept in our own beds – boat, truck and V. P -.and were ready to start again at 08:30. I managed to get most of the starboard side antifouled before we left, having done all the sanding down while waiting in Rosslare. There were no problems from there to Grande Couronne, which is part of the Port of Rouen, except it was rather hilly and 37 tons (boat + trailer) takes a lot of pulling and stopping.

On arrival at the dock entrance we phoned Somar (Dockers) who sent out a van to lead us into the docks.

I can recommend D & A Marine Transport very highly. David (the D of D&A) took great care to have Aquarelle well loaded, chocked and tied down, taking extra precautions as the skeg was low, and was quite far behind the rear trailer wheels. Nothing moved on the boat the whole way other than a tin of beans that fell out when I opened one of the lockers later.

Once there, David took off the straps and gave me a hand to put things back in their places. I finished the antifouling, and we put the dinghy back on the davits.

At 17:00 the Somar crowd were ready to put Aquarelle in the water. We drove under a huge gantry crane, capacity 260 tons, and fitted the slings. David and I stayed on board and were lowered into the Seine. After a slight hitch we let go the slings and were on our way, as we couldn’t stay in the dock area. We tied up to an old barge for the night in a disused basin. I then went shopping for our dinner, and had to walk miles before I found anything.

We left the basin the next morning and motored up to the’ Port de Plaisance’ in Rouen proper. David went shopping this time while I washed the decks. He found that all the shops closed at 12:00 and it was 12:20! Thin pickings for lunch!