The journey begins . . . here.
Monday 18th June 2018
My other half and I motored in and tied up in Decize. There’s an emergency hospital right next to the marina and a few dejected looking souls stood at the windows watching us tie up. First thing I did was try one of the passwords on my laptop and voila! WiFi. That kind of took care of my day. I had heaps to do.
My husband meanwhile had engaged more with the Dutch boating agent and discovered his standard commission is only 5 – 6%. But he was happy to agree to a flat fee which amounted to 3% if the sale went through as he said he hadn’t done very much. Just goes to show how different agents can be. Once my better half got on-line he found boat prices are all over the place. Some seemed too high and others too low. The figure we had in mind for out boat was about right. It was already being marketed by the Dutch agent on Scheepenkring and Boatshop 24. Dutch steel boats like our definitely command higher prices in the Netherlands.
Next thing a fellow South African came past. He lives in the UK with his English girlfriend and they were taking their boat down to the Mediterranean. Lovely couple. They came and said goodbye before they left.
I went for a jog around Decize once it had cooled off and although the marina is overlooked by the dreary hospital and some grey concrete blocks of flats, across the river is the old city which is lovely. They charge €10 a night to tie up in Decize which includes WiFi, water and electricity. They have a lovely restaurant and even hotel accomodation. Also saw lift-out and little wheel barrow type things to load stuff on and off the boats. Local supermarket, Intermarche is only 500 metres away. It’s a very handy stop.
Our travels continue – here.