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Anyone done a self-drive boat canal/river trip in France (or elsewhere)?

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Last minute planning for us as usual. We'll be in SW France next month (mid-October) and just started to think about possibly doing one of these for a week--perhaps the Lot River or Canal du Garonne and River Baise. I also know this is close to the very end of the boat rental season.

We're from the US and we've taken perhaps 6 or 8 trips to France before. We own boats and keep a boat on a river slip on a wild and scenic river near our home, so we are not new to boating. And, we did a lot of camping in our younger days, so we don't need luxury. Our style is slow travel where we get to know an area more intimately, and we frequently rent house, gites, or apartments for 3 to 7 days. Yet, we still are not convinced that this boat trip idea for a week is really for us and a good way to spend 1/3 of our trip time. (We are already spending 6 days of our trip on a cycling trip where we will be just focusing on a small area.) I can think of lots of pluses and lots of minuses to the boat idea and would appreciate your feedback if you've ever done one of these. Thanks.

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