Tips and tricks

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Insert different Boats

Boats with a variable air draught (e.g. sailing boats with a mast that can be lowered or boats with a wheel house that can be lowered) can be handled as different boats in the fleet list: a simple + behind the name can indicate which is the one with the highest air draught. This allows a quick change from one situation to the other, simply by clicking on the other vessel in the fleet list.

Search for Destination

 Searching a name of a large town is often simplified when one adds a space behind the name: if a town has more than one notification, this often means there is an addition: e.g. Amsterdam Centre, Amsterdam North, Amsterdam South, etc.). If you use the space before the place name, you’ll see the list of bridges, locks, quays and harbours in that town (Willems Bridge Rotterdam, Erasmus Bridge Rotterdam etc.)

Planning of the Trip

 Contrarily to what one would expect, there doesn’t always seem to be a logical relation between “authorised” (in the UK: “recommended” dimensions and “available” (i.e.. physical) dimensions of certain waterways. In some waterways of class I locks and bridges are found that would allow a complete push tow to pass. In France, however, some bridges in canals that formally are accessible for boats of 3,50 air draught, appear to be quite a few inches lower! It is not really possible to grasp these differences, but it’s good to know that some authorities use margins when establishing the recommended or authorised dimensions. Whenever possible, PC-Navigo uses the real dimensions.

Find Location

Not ALL objects and destinations will be menstioned in PC-Navigo. For voyage planning purposes one can always choose a location near one’s destination. If you can’t find a place by it’s name, you can use the “finger” to point at the right position in the map and interactively determine your choice.