About Jarnac

Jarnac is our only base in the Charente region. Cruising 9hrs eastward lies the bustling, fortified city of Angoulême. To the west you’ll pass the historic city of Saintes (7.5 hrs from Jarnac) until you reach St-Savinien (10.5 hrs from Jarnac). Here we recommend you stop and travel by train if you wish to visit the smart, coastal town of Rochefort for its amazing seafood. You can just about see the whole region in a week’s cruise, although we would advise heading in just one direction if you wish to cruise at a comfortable pace.

What you get on the base


  • Showers
  • Toilets
  • Wifi

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 'Prepare for your departure' for more details about each extra. Restrictions apply.


Practical extras

  • Early check-in & late check-out
  • Boat cleaning
  • Parking - (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
  • Angling dinghy and outboard
  • Stand-up paddleboards

Opening hours

Every day 9am - 12:30pm 2pm - 5:30pm


Le Boat Jarnac
Quai François Mitterrand
F – 16200 Jarnac


+33 (0)5 45 36 59 98

Travel to Jarnac

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


JPM Taxi’ ( [email protected])


Approximate price (4 passengers) from:

  • Angoulême Airport (ANG) 60€
  • La Rochelle Airport (LRH) 225€
  • Bordeaux Airport (BOD) 225€
  • Jarnac Train Station 7.50€

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. Please bring with you your car registration document and car insurance certificate. Our base teams can transfer hire/lease cars, but you should check with your hire/leasing company first as the terms of your agreement may not permit this. If it is permitted, your hire/leasing company may charge you extra to add a member of our base team as a named driver. We may not know the name of the driver until the week of your departure, so you should check with the hire company to see if they will add an additional ‚un-named‛ driver to the hire agreement. All the cars can be transferred except: cars heavier than 3.5 tonnes, cars pulling trailers or caravans, trucks, bikes, motorbikes, camping cars and red license plates.

Car transfers are available for a charge, must be pre-booked before departure and are subject to availability. Please contact the sales team for more information and 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 driving advice and a list of the equipment you’ll need, please visit https://www.theaa.com/european-breakdown-cover/driving-in-europe



Coming from Angoulême or Cognac, follow the Le Boat signs after the bridge over the Charente river



Secure & Garage parking (pre-bookable extra – fee applies).

By Train

Closest train station:

  • Jarnac: 4km

By Air

Closest airports:

  • Angoulême: 30km
  • La Rochelle: 118km
  • Bordeaux: 122km (E606)

Arrival at Jarnac

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 or 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. 



Hotel Le Ligaro – Jarnac – 0033 (0)545 32 71 38

Les Ombrages – Vibrac - Tel: 05 45 97 32 33

L’echassier – Cognac - Tel: 05 45 35 01 09

Mercure – Cognac - Tel: 05 45 35 42 00

L‘Essille – Bassac - Tel: 05 45 81 94 13

Du Chateau – Jarnac - Tel: 05 45 81 07 17

La Ribaudiere – Bourg Charente - Tel: 05 45 81 30 54



Restaurant du Château - Jarnac - Tel: +33 (0) 545 810 717

Restaurant La Chaumière - Jarnac - Tel: +33 (0) 545 816 466



In Jarnac you will find shops, banks and a post office.


Local market

Every day except Monday and Wednesday



Fishing licenses can be purchased locally at the nearby Coop market or ordered prior to arrival at http://en.cartedepeche.fr/.


Tourist Info

7 Quai de l’Orangerie

16 200 Jarnac


Tél – 0033 (0) 545 81 09 30