2-3 year crusing French canals

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Oct 15th, 2015, 01:35 PM
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BFF new to me too.

I used to sale with an ex boss of Shell who had a beautiful wooden Hasselteraak, he stored it in Barfleur where he also has a house and evry spring he would bring in two guys for a week to stay in the house and varnish the d**n thing.
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Oct 15th, 2015, 01:44 PM
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Becoming a permanent resident of a country in Europe uoften means you have to spend quite a part of your time in that country. Certainly here in the Netherlands you must be registered, with a permanent address, in a community. You are expected to be living at that address for a several months every year. If you aren't you can be removed from the register and no longer be a permanent resident.
You are also required by law to have compulsory health care insurance. If you become a permanent resident and are covered by the local health care scheme (which isn't automatic in most countries) you can ask for an EHIC card, which entitles you to health care in most European countries, at the same level as the locals - so if they have to pay something for a visit to a doctor so do you.It isn't an alternative to travel insurance though. You should consider carefully what you will do if you are injured or taken ill. Are you happy to remain in Europe you will you want to return home for treatment?
You also need to look into tax issues.
Your dog will need a European passport and you will need to find a vet to give it the annual shots and health check required, plus you will need to protect the dog from a variety of parasites which can carry serious illnesses. This is particularly the case in southern France, where sandflies carry all sorts of nasties, including heartworm, but ticks are a problem throughout much of Europe. Some breeds are banned in some European countries.
Once you are a permanent resident of your chosen country, with a permanent address you can open a bank account in that country, and as pariswat says use internet banking.
If you want to buy a boat you could see if you can find one with a registered mooring which is acceptable as your permanent address, but you will have to pay rent for that mooring even when you are elsewhere. Otherwise you need to find a small place to rent and use as a base, or someone who is prepared to offer you the use of their address for registration and banking purposes.
You will need to learn some French, if only to be able to follow lock keepers instructions and sign on the canals!

All in all it may be easier to do it on a part time basis.
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Oct 15th, 2015, 01:50 PM
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My son's aak just needs constant painting, since she spends most of her life sailing, and being beached in, the Wadden Sea. He lives in the family quarters, which are still pretty much original, even having nailed on tiles behind the stove. The cargo bay is now where the guests live ad sleep. it still has a tiller, rather than a wheel, and no built up superstructure, so it looks very original.
Amazing to think an entire family of mother, father and several young children lived in such cramped quarters! The older children would sleep forward, which is where the mate now sleeps.
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Oct 17th, 2015, 02:37 PM
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MD means doctor or physician in the US (literally Doctor of Medicine, it's a degree). Glasses are a separate issue, one should be able to pay for those and the exam without any insurance problem, they can't cost that much. I know, I wear them. Most people don't have vision insurance.
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Oct 18th, 2015, 12:44 PM
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I know someone in our local Alliance de Fracaise who did this years ago. He did a presentation on his adventures. I will get more info to pass along and maybe be able to put you two in touch. He bought the barge, refurbished it and docked it somewhere other than France.
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Oct 19th, 2015, 10:40 AM
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@hetismij very nice! I keep a drascombe coaster on Oude Maas, but I'm moving berths to Friesland. I'm seriously considering Harlingen.

Maar dat terzijde.
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