Anjodi

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Anjodi in Lock 7 Beziers France.
History
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Name: Anjodi
Owner: European Waterways, LTD
Operator: European Waterways, LTD
Port of registry: Bordeaux
Route: Canal du Midi - Le Somail to Marseillan
Launched: 1929
Christened: Anjodi
Status: In service
General characteristics
Class and type: Commercial passenger vessel
Tonnage: 198
Length: 100 ft (30 m)
Beam: 16.5 ft (5.0 m)
Height: 10 ft (3.0 m)
Draught: 5 ft (1.5 m)
Decks: 2
Installed power: 2 × 220 volt diesel generators 40 kva and 25 kva
Propulsion: single 185 horse power Perkins turbo charged diesel
Speed: cruising speed 4 knots (7.4 km/h), Maximum speed 11 knots (20 km/h)
Capacity: 8 passengers
Crew: 4 crew
Notes: Fuel capacity 3000 litres, Water capacity 10,000 litres, Grey water capacity 1200 litres

Anjodi is a Luxe motor Dutch steel barge built as a trading barge but refitted in 1982 as a hotel barge. She is currently berthed on the Canal du Midi in south-west France.

Anjodi was built in Groningen, Netherlands in 1929 and originally carried grain. She got the name Anjodi in 1963 after the three children of the original owner, Tiemen de Weerd,: - Andries, Johan and Diana. She is constructed of iron with a high copper content which has contributed to her longevity.

Anjodi was purchased by Derek Banks in 1982 from a Dutchman, Fopa de Jong, in Amsterdam for £5,500.[1][2] She was a retired trading barge and full of old Second World War aircraft instruments.

During 1982 and 1983, Anjodi was transformed by European Waterways, from a trade vessel to one of France's first ever luxury hotel barges at the cost of £100,000.[1] Before making the three month trip from the Netherlands to the south of France, Anjodi was towed to a shipyard in Belgium where tanks for fresh water, generators, wiring and plumbing were installed and a shell infrastructure of steel was built.[1] She was refurbished again in 1997[3] and 2008.

Anjodi has four guest bedrooms with private bathrooms and a saloon. Crews quarters are in the bow and stern.[4] The Anjodi has a crew of four: Captain, first mate or matelot/tour guide, chef, and hostess. The captain must have at least two years experience as a first mate and possess a French certificate of competency.[2]

The Anjodi was featured in the 10 part BBC Series about Chef Rick Stein’s six week journey from Bordeaux to Marseille aboard the Anjodi on the Canal latéral à la Garonne and Canal du Midi.[5] [6] Famous guests who have travelled on the Anjodi include Rod Stewart.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Fuller-Love, Heidi (February 2005). "French Waterways". Living France. 
  2. ^ a b Kay Kritzwiser. "Six slow days on the canal". Globe and Mail. 
  3. ^ Hill, Richard (May 1997). "Lost in France". Canal & Riverboat. 
  4. ^ Deck plan
  5. ^ Pritchard, David (2009). Shooting the cook. FSC AND Harper Colins. ISBN 978-0-00-727830-5. 
  6. ^ Bowler, Vivian (2005). Rick Stein's French Odyssey. BBC Books. ISBN 0-563-52213-5. 

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