Boating Holidays from Blue Water Holidays

Decize Base Information

Cruising through the Bourbonnais and Nivernais regions, a feeling of relaxation and well-being will overcome your senses. This is a region famous for it’s quiet way of life and is quintessential France.

Base Opening Hours

Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday: 09:00 to 17:00
Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday: 10:00 to 16:00

Late Arrivals

If you are going to be arriving at the base late, you will need to inform the base directly or the general sales office where you booked.

When you arrive at the base there will be a note on the reception door informing you where your boat is. The boat will be left open for you to stay on board that night, but cruising will not be permitted. The base staff will do the full briefing the following morning.

When To Arrive

Your boat will be ready to depart for 15:00 - 17:00. We recommend that you arrive 60 minutes earlier for check-in and instructions.

If you have booked an Early Check-in Service, please arrive at the base from 11:00.

Upon Arrival

Our base staff look forward to welcoming you to their cruising region and aim to make your arrival and holiday as smooth and enjoyable as possible.

When you arrive our base staff will:

  • Give you a welcome booklet which contains important safety advice and contact numbers.
  • Ask you to sign documentation to show that certain information has been read and unserstood.
  • Take a Damage Deposit and Engine Hours Deposit.
  • Let you know what time to expect your pre-departure briefing.

Hotels and Restaurants


Port de Decize – Tel: +33 (0) 373 150 000


Le Petit Agité – Tel: +33 (0) 386 252 227
L'Auberge des Feuillats - Tel: +33 (0) 386 250 519
Pizzeria Saint Just - Tel: +33 (0) 386 254 226
De L'Agriculture - Tel: +33 (0) 386 250 538

Auxerre Briare Aqueduct

Extra Information


Secure parking available at the base (pre-bookable, fees apply)

Unsecured parking is also available.


In Decize town centre, 5-10 minutes from the base, you will find a number of shops plus the local supermarket (Intermarché 300m).
Monday - Thursday: 09:00 - 12:15 & 14:30 - 19:15
Friday - Saturday: 09:00 - 19:15
Sunday: 09:00 - 12:00

Tourist Information

Place Champ de Foire
Tel: +33 (0) 386 252 723

Market Day

A weekly market is held in the town centre every Friday morning.


A fishing licence is required in Decize and can be purchased from the base on arrival. Cost per week is approx €30.

Transport Information

By Road

Be Prepared

It is your responsibility to familiarise yourself with local road rules and abide by them. Most European countries have a list of compulsory equipment that you must take with you. For example, there is a new legal requirement in France to carry a breathalyser, triangle & florescent jacket in your car. For driving advice and a list of the equipment you’ll need, please visit

By Air:

Closest airports:
Paris Roissy Charles de Gaulle airport - 308 km
Paris Orly airport - 269 kms
Paris Beauvais: 368 km

By Train:

Closest train stations:
Decize - 3km
Nevers - 32km (very large station which has connecting trains to Paris and most places in France)


The following ferry companies operate to Northern France.

  • Dover to Dunkirk: DFDS Seaways (previously Norfolk Lines)
  • Dover to Calais: P&O
  • Newhaven to Dieppe: DFDS Seaways
  • Portsmouth to Le Harve: DFDS Seaways
  • Portsmouth to Caen: Brittany Ferries