Hi Tom, I just purchased your book "Cruising the Canals and Rivers of France 2018" and wanted to say thank you! It is a wonderful resource as we plan our 1st canal cruise for next year (hopefully). We have a longer-term dream of one day purchasing & renovating a barge for our personal use among our family to tour European waterways.
A planning guide for all canals and navigable rivers in Germany. Maps and dimensional tables show all connecting waterways throughout the country. Special emphasis on the popular cruising areas of northeastern Germany, the Mecklenburg-Brandenburg-Berlin districts and through Berlin.
A chapter describes the Main river, Main-Donau Kanal and the Donau (Danube) river along the route from the Rhein river at Mainz to the Austrian border at Passau.
The “Heart of Holland” is the region of lakes, rivers, canals and natural areas within the loop of cities of the Randstad – Rotterdam, Delft, Den Haag, Leiden, Haarlem, Amsterdam, Hilversum, Utrecht, and Gouda. This cruising guide provides information for those traveling by canal cruiser, either rented or privately owned. Eight suggested touring routes are described in detail on maps and cruising logs, along with “nuts and bolts” pages about navigational charts and signs, operation of bridges and locks. Tables list the dimensions of each of the 67 individual waterways of the region. Over 175 color photos depict the scenes along the waterways.
EuroCanals Guide: Cruising the Heart of Holland
2016, Softcover, 107 pages, 8 inches wide X 10 inches high, perfect-bound, with full color maps and photos on bright-white, high-quality, water resistant paper.
US$28.50 ISBN 978-1537640952
New Edition published October 2016
Updated May 2019
This planning guide includes an overall map of the country showing the network of waterways through all 12 provinces and the portals connecting into Germany and Belgium. Maps of the “Great Rivers”; 13 regional maps and city maps; 9 suggested routes for 1-week cruises; Detailed dimensions of 269 waterways; 360 web links for marinas, boatyards, yacht charter bases.
A guide to all canals and navigable rivers in France. Descriptions, maps and data tables with waterway dimensions for 90 waterways throughout France; 17 regional maps and 59 detailed maps of individual waterways. The detailed maps show locations of towns, locks, marinas, mooring places and rental-boat bases. Suggestions for through-routes and loop-cruises. Maps showing the location of vineyards along the waterways.
EuroCanals Guide: Cruising the Canals & Rivers of Germany
2015, Softcover, 96 pages, 8 inches wide X 10 inches high, perfect-bound, with full color maps and photos on bright-white, high-quality, water resistant paper.
US$28.50 ISBN 978-1511923026
New Edition published April 2015
Updated March 2020
EuroCanals Guide: Cruising the Canals & Rivers of France
Softcover, 144 pages, 8 inches wide X 10 inches high, perfect-bound, with full color maps and photos on bright-white, high-quality, water resistant paper.
US$38.50 ISBN 978-0983284178
New Edition published April 2018
Updated October 2018
EuroCanals Guide: Cruising the Canals & Rivers of the Netherlands
2018 Edition includes 55% more pages.
Softcover, 192 pages, 8 inches wide X 10 inches high, perfect-bound, with full color maps and photos on bright-white, high-quality, water resistant paper.
US$44.50 ISBN 978-0983284123
New Edition published January 2018
Updated May 2019
Current Cruising Guides in print
Cruising the Canals & Rivers of France
Cruising the Canals & Rivers of the Netherlands
Cruising the Canals & Rivers of Belgium
Cruising the Canals & Rivers of Germany
Heart of Holland
ORION: A Canal and River Cruise through Holland
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EuroCanals Books in print
EuroCanals books are printed with full color maps and photos on bright-white, high-quality, water resistant paper. New Editions are produced periodically, a complete review and rewrite of the text and new maps, photos and data tables as needed. Updates are made at any time when a new or changed facility or waterway dimension (such as bridge height) is reported. See these dates in the book details below.
A guide for planning travels along the inland waterways of Belgium at the helm of a private canal cruiser, barge or rental boat. The two regions of Belgium, the flatland canals of Flanders along the English Channel and the hills & rivers of Wallonie in the south, are connected in a dense network of recently improved waterways. 1,578 kilometers of waterways are currently active.
EuroCanals Guide: Cruising the Canals & Rivers of Belgium
New 2018 Edition.
Softcover, 157 pages, 8 inches wide X 10 inches high, perfect-bound, with full color maps and photos on bright-white, high-quality, water resistant paper.
US$38.50 ISBN 978-1723873980
New Edition published November 2018
Updated July 2020
Tom and Carol Sommers completed a season-long trip aboard the Dutch cruiser Orion through all twelve provinces of the Netherlands to research this cruising guide, a supplement to the book “Cruising the Canals & Rivers of the the Netherlands”. The route followed Tom’s personal obsession, searching for Star Forts along the waterways (and finding 29 of the 37 Star Forts in Holland.) Included are maps, photos, touring suggestions and how-to-do-it details. The basic elements of the book were published in 2010 as “Cruising the Canals & Rivers of the the Netherlands on Orion”, a black & white paperback. Reviewers asked for more maps and color photos; this new edition is a larger format, with full color pages. It displays 191 color photos, 46 maps of provinces and regions showing the route that Orion followed and 42 maps of cities, towns and villages at a scale suitable for a walking tour guide. It is an essential handbook for those making a journey through the entire country or a short cruise in just one province.
Orion; A Canal & River Cruise through Holland
2020 Paperback, 8X10 inches, 253 pages
US$48.50 ISBN 9798601737722
New Edition published February 2020
Hi Tom, First thanks for your truly wonderful guides which I have relied on and enjoyed for many years, first in hire boats and more recently in our own Piper 49M “Joie de Vivre V” below. As we are now locked down at home in Australia (July 2020) without any possibility of European cruising this northern summer it occurred to me that the next best thing to our lost cruising season would be to spend my spare time reading your updated guides, and as a mid 20th Century man who prefers to do his reading holding a book, I wonder if your 2020 editions are available in print, and if so where I might buy them?
“Joie de Vivre V” is a 2018 Piper Boats 49M just under 15 meters overall, with 4.2m beam, 0.850m draft and 2.85m air draft. We spend six months cruising on her each year, and return to our home in Melbourne to sail in the southern summer.
“Joshua Slocum never sailed without his Carpet Tacks, and I don’t cruise Europe without Tom Sommers - The only thing I like more than Tom’s guides is our “
Once again thanks for your very valuable contribution to cruising literature. Best Regards, Peter Johns
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