After a harrowing first lock experience, Lizzy and Rob favoured a technique of tying off mid-cleat and motoring against it, whether against a ladder - or to the Rhone locks' easier floating bollards. Credit: Lizzy Bolan

From buying a suitable yacht to negotiating 371 locks, three tunnels and travelling 1,400 miles from Fareham, Lizzy Bolan shares the highs and lows of navigating the French canals

Tribord LJ 150N lifejacket recalled

French sailing brand Tribord is recalling its Tribord LJ 150N lifejacket due to a safety defect on the harness. Customers will be given a full refund

Wichard MXLEvo soft block

French deck hardware maker Wichard has introduced a new addition to its popular Evo block range with the Wichard MXLEvo soft block shackle

Book jacket fro Essential Boat Electronics

Essential Boat Electronics avoids too much theory and is a useful guide to have onboard, says Yachting Monthly literary reviewer, Julia Jones

Book Jacket of From the Loft Floor to the Sea

From the Loft Floor to the Sea charts the building of the Falmouth pilot cutter, Pellew from drawings to launch and is a delight, says Yachting Monthly literary reviewer, Julia…