Return to Nancy

Wanderlust finds a spot in Nancy's port.

Wanderlust finds a spot in Nancy’s port.

Leaving Strasbourg Wanderlust started on the return journey to her winter mooring in Auxerre. At first we moved quickly. But once we reached Saverne and picked up our next guests we slowed to a tourist’s pace. Our visitors, Erik and Judy, joined us as we revisited the best section of the French waterways that we enjoyed in 2015.

Four days after leaving Saverne we arrived in Nancy. As we arrived, Becky and I made an impromptu decision to make a quick trip to London by fast train. A trip out of the Schengen Zone was necessary so we could exit France while our six-month visa was valid and the re-enter France on a standard 90-day tourist visa. Though this visa maneuver was part of the plan at the beginning of the season, the exact timing was uncertain. With Erik and Judy on board we had a good option for taking care of our canine travel partner Gigi. E & J were accommodating. They would stay on board and take care of the dog. Becky and I were soon on the TGV headed our way out of France.

Locking down in the deep Écluse de Réchicourt-le-Château.

Locking down in the deep Écluse de Réchicourt-le-Château.

The visa reset plan worked well for all involved. And it came with an unexpected bonus. Erik and Judy had been watching us monitor Wanderlust’s under floor water situation. In our absence they made an important discovery. After running the clothes washer they saw that soapsuds appeared in the bilge water.

It's ugly:  Wanderlust's guest room sewer pipe as photographed by the plumber's endoscopic camera.

It’s ugly: Wanderlust’s guest room sewer pipe as photographed by the plumber’s endoscopic camera.

This discovery meant three things. First, the sudden appearance of soap in the bilge meant that without a doubt, Wanderlust had another plumbing leak. The fantasy that we were not just seeing water from the earlier floods was emphatically proven wrong. Second, we learned that wastewater from the clothes washer makes its way into the bilge. This later observation made it less likely that we had another dry fit joint in our sewer line as black and gray waste have separate plumbing. The suds also effectively ruled out a leak in the freshwater plumbing, a leaky window, or another such thing. And the third we learned was that E & J use more laundry detergent than we do. The last observation is likely unimportant, but you never know.

Wanderlust finds a pleasant rural spot for the night.

Wanderlust finds a pleasant rural spot for the night.

Now was time to do what we had long dreaded. We had to contact Wanderlust’s builder. At the very least we needed to have an idea of how the under floor piping was run. With little under floor access, we only could guess where the pipes ran. And mind you at this point we were very upset. Wanderlust has had continuous leaks into the bilges since launch. Even today she still has leaks. We didn’t expect much from the builder; to this point they had been completely unapologetic, slow to respond, and resistant to do the work that had been promised. But, as it turned out, even our now low expectations would not be met. As the dispute escalated we had moved into a particularly unpleasant chapter of Wanderlust’s history.

It was raining for our trip back up the Saint-Louis-Arzviller inclined plane.

It was raining for our trip back up the Saint-Louis-Arzviller inclined plane.

(Wanderlust arrived in Saverne on the 30th of August and departed the next day. She arrived in Nancy on the 4th of September. Saverne is 47 kilometers with 20 locks from Strasbourg. Nancy is 105 kilometers, 29 locks, two tunnels, and one inclined plane from Saverne.)

We spotted Herault, the hire boat that we lived on for 6.5 weeks as we crossed southern France on the Canal des Deux Mers.

We spotted Herault, the hire boat that we lived on for 6.5 weeks as we crossed southern France on the Canal des Deux Mers.

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5 thoughts on “Return to Nancy

  1. Good afternoon,
    Thank you for fantastic photos and stories.
    It is really frustrating to see that the producer
    does not take his responsibility regarding claims.
    You could have been their best pr face and now they are only loosing credibility.
    Best regards
    Per Hennung

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  2. I am very saddened to witness your ongoing disappointments with the leakages etc. I really would have hoped/expected your builder to rectify or otherwise address these ongoing issues. I well remember your enthusiasm just after you collected Wanderlust and passed through the Thames locks. I do hope you get satisfactory resolution. I any event, thank you for the superb blog and awesome photos!

  3. Firstly thanks for another interesting update and pics. I find it incredible that the manufacturer does not appear to be assisting you guys with all headaches and stress you are experiencing. Surely as Per Hennung points out they are seriously losing credibility and potential business !!

  4. Pingback: Return to Toul: The Leak is Fixed | Wanderlust

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