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Fully Equipped

All of our boats come with the necessities you'd expect from a comfortable Boating Vacation.

With a fully equipped kitchen to cook and dine onboard and prepared cabins with pillows and towels, just think of your boat as a floating villa!

If you have any specific questions about your boat, please call us: 1-888-550-8580

Arrival and Departure

Pick Up Time: 4:00 PM

Drop Off Time: 9:00 AM

Included in Price

  • Full equipped kitchen with utensils and appliances 
  • Bed linens, duvet & pillow
  • Bathroom facilities with hot showers
  • Fridge and gas oven
  • Heating
  • Fans (A/C available on some select models)
  • Cushions and curtains
  • Security safety equipment including life jackets
  • Power supply, radio and cd player
  • Captain's manual
  • On board cruising maps and  documentation 
  • Boat handling demo upon arrival
  • 24/7 Technical Support 
  • Lock Fees (except Ireland & Holland)
  • All Taxes 

Not Included in Price

  • Fuel consumption cost (link to fuel sheet)
  • Boat damage waiver
  • Travel cancellation insurance
  • One way supplement
  • Any optional extras

Cruise Schedule

One of the best things about a self drive vacation is that you can create your own schedule! As Captain and crew you decide how far you travel in a day and just plan to be at the base to hand over your vessel at the correct date and time. Cruise for as long as you like every day, explore at your leisure. You are at the helm!

How to book

Step 1: Choose cruising area

Step 2: Select a boat to suit the number of passengers traveling and budget

Step 3: Select departure date 

Step 4: Contact Barge Connection to check availability 

Step 5: Confirm your booking with 35% deposit and completed booking form, final payment due 60 days prior to departure

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Three private staterooms and a double bed converted from the love seat in the generous salon give the Calypso a maximum capacity of eight.  The two rear cabins are luxuriously appointed and have en-suite bathrooms.  The salon features an entertainment center an the boat sports a giant sundeck.


Boat Details

Boat Operator: LeBoat
Boat Size: 43 x 13.6 ft
Number of Cabins: 3
Fuel on board: 500 gal
Water on board: 300 gal
Engine Type: Diesel

Cabin Information

3 cabins with 2 singles or 1 double bed
2 convertible berths
Electric Toilets

Exterior Amenities

Alfresco dining
Ambient lighting
Deck shower
Fridge on sundeck
Portable cool box
Sliding roof
Cushioned seating
Swim platform


Cigarette lighter plug (12V)
12/220V converter
Shore power (220V dock hookup)
220V on cruise

Audio / Visual Amenities

CD / Radio

Navigation Amenities

Internal steering position
External steering position
Bow thrusters

Kitchen Amenities


Heating / Cooling Amenities




To explore the countryside or just get to the boulangerie

Standard: $8.50 / day
Adult Cross Country: $10.50 / day
Child / Tag-along: $6 / day
Bike Child Seat: $2.50 / day

*Availabilities of boat's type depends on base & could be found under cruise details & on booking process.

Early Checkin / Late Checkout


Enjoy more cruising time by collecting your boat early on the first day (12.00) and/or returning it later on your last day (12.00)

Early Check-in: $125 (subject to availability)
Late Check-out: $125  (subject to availability)

*Not available at the bases of Jabel, Cherstey & Lutzelbourg.

Cruising Assistant


Discover the pleasure of boating step by step with a cruising assistant. Available as long as you want, he will help you during the first maneuvers, or more if you want.

Day Service - $210 per day, subject to availability.

*Notes : Only available in France - If the cruising assistant is booked more than one day, customer must let him a cabin on the boat and should provide food and non-alcoholic beverages.

Parking and Garage


Have us look after your car while you're away.

Open-air locked parking : $8 per car / day
Garage : $10.50 per car / day

*Availabilities of parking's type depends on base & could be found under cruise details & on booking process. No parking available at Lutzelbourg.

BBQ and lantern


For alfresco dining on the sundeck of your boat

BBQ + Lantern : $13.50 / day

*Not available in Scotland & Thames

Grocery Pack


Take the stress out of arriving feeling hungry and enjoy a basket of provisions on your arrival

Sundowner pack: $55 - $65
Starter pack: $85 - $100

*Prices depends on departure base. Not available at our bases in Italy, Thames & Scotland



Take the whole family with you! Our boats can carry up to 2 pets.

$55 per animal per week

Top Deck Cushions


Enjoy the added comfort of deck cushions!

Pack of 2: $10 per week

*Not available in Scotland

Ecological Cleaning Pack


Help us preserve the waterways for future enjoyment by buying our Eco-pack of cleaning products and toileteries.

$15 / pack

Car Transfer


We can organize the transfer of your vehicle while you are cruising.

$175 - $420 depending on the route

(Please note that we cannot transfer rental cars, trucks or camper vehicles. Please verify that this kind of transfer is covered by your insurance.

*NOT available in Belgium, Germany, Holland, Lot, Charente & Scotland

Special Occasion Gift Basket


Order a gift basket filled with local delicacies and regional specialties--the perfect gift for a birthday or anniversary! 




Wifi service in select locations (access for up to 5 devices per boat).

$8 / day - subject to availability

*Only available in France, Italy & Poland

Stand up Paddle Board


Enjoy our new stand up paddle boards! Perfect for the calm waters of canals.

$130 per board per week 

*Only available at Douelle, Jarnac, Marina Wolfsbruch, Port Cassafières, Saint-Jean-de-Losne, Casale & Precenicco

Angling Pack


Enjoy great fishing party !

Angling Dinghy : $100 per week
Outboard Motor : $100 per week

*Only available in the Lot, Ireland, Germany, Holland & at Branges, Nieuwpoort