About Decize

From Decize, a journey north, will take you through the hilly countryside and pretty villages of the Nivernais Valley while historic and thriving Nevers lies just 6hrs to the west. Head south however and Decize puts you in the best place to explore the southern-most part of this cruising region where the towns are full of historic abbeys, cathedrals and museums – great for history buffs. Roanne is a delight to explore, perfect for a two week boating holiday!

From Decize it is:

  • 51hrs (119 locks) to our base in Migennes
  • 27hrs (70 locks) to our base in Tannay
  • 21.5hrs (24 locks) to our base in Châtillon-sur-Loire

What you get on the base





Extras & options for your cruise

The following extras are available to prebook or purchase locally at this base. A reduced fee will apply to items that are prebooked. Please see 'Holiday Extras' for more details about each extra. Restrictions apply.


Practical extras

Early check-in & late check-out

Boat cleaning

Parking - (see 'Travel info' tab)

Car transfer (see 'Travel info' tab)

Eco cleaning pack

L.E.D. lantern

Top-deck cushions

Grocery packs

Wifi packs

Fun extras

Bike hire

Special occasion gift baskets

Gas barbecues

Opening hours

Mon - Sun: 8:30am - 12:30pm & 2pm - 6pm


Le Boat Decize
Bassin de la Jonction
F - 58300 Decize


+33 (0) 386 254 664

Travel to Decize

To book a taxi to or from the base you can contact the number below.


Taxi Perrot (+33 (0) 386 687 515 | [email protected])

New Taxi Marg’ (+33 (0) 386 615 040)



Approximate price (4 passengers) from:

  • Paris Orly Airport (ORY) 430€
  • Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) 490€
  • Nevers Train Station 65€

If you are doing a one-way cruise (i.e. returning your boat to a different base), we can transfer your car from your departure base to your end base.


Our staff are insured to drive your vehicle on your behalf. Car transfers are bookable in advance via our sales team. Please bring with you your car registration document and car insurance certificate. For hire cars, you should check with the hire company to see if they will add an additional "unnamed" driver to the hire agreement. All the cars can be transferred except: trucks, bikes, motorbikes, camping cars and red license plates.


Please contact the sales team for prices.

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 https://www.theaa.com/european-breakdown-cover/driving-in-europe



 Secure & garage parking available (fees apply)


By Train

Closest train stations:

  • Decize: 3km
  • Nevers: 32km

By Air

Closest airports:

  • Paris Orly: 269 km
  • Paris Roissy Charles de Gaulle: 308 km (E15/A77)
  • Paris Beauvais: 368 km

Arrival at Decize

When to arrive

Your boat will be ready to depart for 16:00 - 18:00. 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 ready to depart between 11:00 and 12:00 or from 14:00.

Late arrivals

If you are going to be arriving at the base late, you will need to inform the base directly or our UK/IRE sales team. 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. The base staff will do the full briefing the following morning.

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:

  • Take a deposit to cover the fuel and gas you use during your holiday as well as engine wear and tear. Any extra fuel used will be charged on your return or we will refund the difference for fuel you have not used.
  • Take a refundable collision damage deposit. This will be refunded if you return your boat and its inventory undamaged at the end of your holiday. The amount collected (and thus your liability) can be reduced by purchasing a Collision Damage Waiver in advance. Please contact our sales team for details.
  • Familiarise you with your waterways guide, maps and other helpful documentation provided to help you plan where you want to go and where you’d like to stop.
  • Brief you about your boat, the equipment on board, and the cruising area (places to visit, etc.).
  • Give you a boat handling demonstration on the water with one of our technicians.

Please note: the base doesn’t accept American Express

Your return

Your boat should be returned and unoccupied by 09:00 on your last cruising day (or by midday if you have booked a Late Check-out).

Local info

Payment Means

Please note that payment of fuel, deposit & any extras booked and paid locally are required in the local currency of the base. Our bases accept Visa & Mastercard, but not American Express.


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

Hôtel de l’Agriculture – Tel. +33 (0) 386 250 53



Le Petit Agité – Tel. +33 (0) 386 252 227

La Rainette - Tel. +33 (0) 386 252 620

Le Charolais - 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



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


Local market

Friday morning



A fishing license is required, which you can buy it at the base. Price: € 30


Tourist Info

Place Champ de Foire,


Decize Tel - +33 (0) 386 252 723