First private French network sets pace for wet and dry berths

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Port Adhoc, developer and manager of the first privately owned network of drystack marinas in France, is looking to expand into other European countries.
 Donatella Zucca reports

Encouraged by the lack of well-organised drystack facilities and perhaps attracted by the challenge of setting this to rights, Port Adhoc set out in 2004 to build, manage and establish a network. The first site was Port Paimpol in Brittany and the second, Port Soubise in the Charante Maritime, which also has pontoon and swing moorings. These were followed by Port Leucate on the Mediterranean coast (near the Parc Naturel Régional de la Narbonnaise) and Bayonne-Anglet in Occitania. Two further marinas – Port Médoc and Port Barcarès – and the multi-service Port Napoléon were subsequently developed to complete the current portfolio. Each caters primarily for motor boats, and utilises steel racks and waiting pontoons to give a five-minute boat-to-water turnaround for customers.

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