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Crashing waves along the river bar in Cortellazzo, Italy.

Waiting out the Storm in Cortellazzo, Italy

Many abandoned and unused buildings from the past are seen along the canals. Departing Caorle, we continued west along Canale Commessera and Canale Revedoli. While underway, we received a text message from Le Boat personnel warning of a pending storm with 35-knot winds. We were told to hold-up somewhere safe and not make any transits the following…

The Lock at Bevazzana Sinistra, Italy.

Locks and Bridges: How to Navigate the Canals in Italy

From Lignano, we continued westward along the Canale de Lustri, then turned southwest into the narrow Canale dei Pantani.  If you are wondering what the tidal range is for the area, it is only a difference of three feet, and we were not yet at “high-tide.” Needless to say, we ran aground. For boaters from the…

Turnbull Cove in British Columbia.

Turnbull Cove Has the Trail You’re Looking For

  Turnbull Cove is one of the northernmost anchorages in the Broughtons. It’s popular with cruisers because it has plenty of room to accommodate a large number of boats, and is a popular spot for crabbing. Most of the terrain surrounding Turnbull Cove is steep, and first-time visitors will immediately notice a couple of landslides…

Cruising the canals in Italy.

Cruising the Canals in Italy Aboard the Le Boat Magnifique 7

From Venice, we boarded a pre-arranged taxi van to deliver us to the village of Precenicco to get set up with the Le Boat Magnifique 7. Precenicco is a Le Boat base and the starting point for our canal cruising adventure. After provisioning the galley with foodstuffs and supplies from a nearby grocery (a quick stop…

The canals of Italy.

The Canals of Italy: A Different West Side

Editor and publisher Mark Bunzel, along with Danielle and her parents who speak Italian, and ourselves as crew, welcomed the opportunity to cruise the canals of Italy located northeast of Venice. The lush plains and hills of the Veneto area were hit hard by northern invaders during the decline of the Roman Empire; the Huns…


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