DECK & SYSTEMS
CLAIR DE LUNE Crew Profile
All experts in canal holidays, our four-member English-speaking crew will make your cruise the best ever. Our captain is seconded by a «matelot» who is also a well-versed guide and driver for the minibus. A competent stewardess and an accomplished chef complete the team.
Berend, owner of Clair de Lune, has been «mucking about» with boats since he was seven years old and has thirty years experience in the barging industry. He and his wife, Barbara, met in France at lock “le Gatain” in 1978 and have been barging ever since; in Holland for the springtime tulip season, Paris and the Moselle, the Rhine, Nivernais and Burgundy during the summers and winters.
Berend has built many barges, including the sister barges Anjodi and Stella Maris (their first barge) which he outfitted in 1982. Barbara and Berend then plied the waterways of Alsace with Stella Maris for several years, with Berend spending winters designing and building boats, from wooden dinghies to barge conversions for friends.
In 1996 the couple cruised to the South of France and decided to finally drop anchor a few locks down from Béziers Port where Clair de Lune is now based. Barbara and Berend designed, built and decorated the Clair de Lune to be the practical and spacious luxury boat that she is. Winters still find Berend busy boat building as well as operating a brokerage and ship surveying business, and Barbara pursuing her artwork.
CLAIR DE LUNE Specifications
CLAIR DE LUNE Testimonials
"A wonderful week of barging, with great weather and delicious food and wines; what a marvelous crew! Thanks to
each of you for your contribution to our week." Edward & Robin, Dave & Nancy, Gordon & Teresa, Maryland
"We have not "unwound" like this in years I didn't think about work for almost seven days. This is the way to see the real France." Dr. & Mrs. Thompson
"You have made our dream come true!" Rosa & Alfred, California
"This past week could not have been more enjoyable or memorable! Thanks for making this so special for our family." Jacques & Audrey, Jocelyn & Krista, Weston
"This is probably the most fabulous, luxurious trip I will ever take. I have never eaten so well, relaxed so deeply and enjoyed myself so much. Sarah, Chicago
"What a crew! You've made this the week best vacation - you are a very special team, we appreciate all of your pampering." Susan & John, California
"To all future "bargers": this is a trip of a life-time. Each meal was surpassed by the next." Melody & Claude
CLAIR DE LUNE Specifications
|LENGTH||100ft (30.5m)||BEAM||16ft (5.0m)||DRAFT||3ft 5in (1.0m)|
|GUESTS||6||CREW||Captain Berend Gozens & Chef Timberlake + 2||REFIT||1999|
|SPEED||3kts / 9kts||STABILISERS||None||FLAG||France|
|ENGINES||Daf 6 cylinder 160 hp 2300 rpm|
CLAIR DE LUNE Accommodations
CLAIR DE LUNE can accommodate 6 guests in 3 cabins. The Master cabin has a king size bed, shower and toilet. A Guest cabin has a king size bed, shower and toilet. A Guest cabin has a twin bed, shower and toilet. CLAIR DE LUNE is fully air conditioned through out. Crew has a separate heads and shower.
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