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the only marina with similar capacity east of Marseille is Hyeres Port Saint-Pierre east of Toulon. This is a very nice marina with excellent service, restaurants and shops within the marina. Toulon airport (Ryanair flies here) is walking distance if you have some stamina.

Capitainerie du Port Saint-Pierre
Tel: 04 94 12 54 40
Fax: 04 94 12 54 50

Here is a harbour plan:

http://www.1yachtua.com/Medit-marinas/France/france-marinas/HYERES.asp

This is a list of all other marinas east of Marseille:

http://riviera.angloinfo.com/information/1/harbours.asp#hyere
 

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No, don't really have one. Boat is registered in Göteborg, Sweden, but she will probably never get back there. Presently cruising the eastern Med.
 

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What i ment was Heyeres is a bit of a backwater,The ports very quite in winter.There are shops but mainly aimed at French tourists, The cafes in the port are quite expensive

I met someone in port cross who was sailing around the islands for a few days i put my boat on his place for two days to charge my batteries and do some washing being very careful no from the port saw me other wise id have been thrown out!!For two days my boat could of been the person who has the places "new" boat??

I went to the capitanerie where i was told there was no place "not even for transit"Full!!

Port Napolian has less expensive facilities and port st Loise is a normal "working town" Prices are better and the cafes far less expensive as there arnt as many tourists. I do agree about the mistral though!!!

Why not try Cogolin? they have places and people that own moorings let them only thing is a 10.50 meter place is only for a boat up tp 3,20 wide so if your "fat" you have to pay a place up, but they do have places and its quite nice there at least in Port Cogolin which is just a very short walk through the hedges

Theres lots of Brits there that live there just ask them and theyll find a place for you if the capitanerie dosent why not book for this summer or next winter to try it?? I used to stay on the river untill the showeres were changed from keys to push button number pad with the shower code changeing twice a week or more and differant for each shower block.In winter it could be days before i could get in as some one came out!!

The capitain in port cogolin is very nice you could ask for a place there?But its a very small port the showers arnt great but you use them with a jetone,I leave my landrover there in summer as the park house is still free!!

I know the area very well as StTropez is my home port and has been since 1982 i bought my place and two in Cogolin which i sold in 1998 as there was only 25 years left and then i had no money!Perhaps i should have kept them as is easy now to let them!

The charges are less than any other port at about 600 euros a year so owners "can" charge less than the capitanerie,Grimaud also has a lot of places which are let for a year or so or winter.Saint Maxim and along there are more expensive a lot more!If you ask for a place now you might be offered one on a years base by next winter.

The least expensive is StTropez i pay 2.600 euros pa for an 8m place which i cant aford so a friend pays it and uses it untill one day i can aford to pay that much!

This is a rotten post!As i dont feel well,last night we were drinking a white wine which dident agree with me??And people keep turning off their internet so i have to look for another,on top of that due to cronic poverty i had to antifoul a mobo!!!A mobos far less comfortable to anti foul as they havent got keels my knee and back hurt as well as my head today.

Try around the Cogolin area and you will get something even if its only for next winter at first,but then once there youll have all winter to find a place for the year. Good luck
 

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Good luck with that hangover, trouville. I have a lot of sympathy, been there.

It is interesting how opinions vary. I think that Cogolin is a bit of a dump, lots of concrete and pretty dead in winter. Nearest airport is Nice which is 1.5 hrs away. I found Hyeres having a lot more character and life. However, I do agree that there are very nice areas close to Cogolin; St Tropez is my favourite. Funny that our experiences with spaces are also very different. I have not checked this year, my information is from last year and then Cogolin was full and Hyeres had spaces. I think that in any case, Hyeres has more hard standing space so you should always be able to get that even if the water is full. Suggest that you have to do your own research based on our input and make up your own mind.
 

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I agree Cogolins boreing the cafes and shops dreadful.In that respect Hyeres is far better,but Cogolin has Port Cogolin with its British mafia nice cafes free parking in a park house,Cogolin town and St Tropez not far away where i do my antifouling (150 euros in out and depending when 5 days to a week out)

Hyeres also told a very respectable couple in front of me there was no room!As i remember TCMs comments about getting a place.But for winter sailing its well placed to get to the Islands if you find a place there take it!!

I dident try hard as i was more interested to see if there was.If you look around you may well find a place,things are open in winter but its still a long journy to Toulon.Cogolin is big and not populare though the capitains are much nicer people now than a few years ago and with Grimaud next door there are more places becomeing vacent so you have a far better chance there.

Go and ask about if the Capitanerie dosent have a place for you.
 

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I took a look at Cavalaire in the winter of 2005 and they were putting in new pontoons. I spoke to the capitainerie who said there'd be space the following summer. It looked a reasonable place to moor for the winter with shops and cafes close by. Bit touristy in the summer for my liking but then I'd be sailing elsewhere. Prices were quite reasonable I thought. Have you got any views on Cavalaire?

The advice about just going in, rather than asking, has always worked for me.
 

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My boat is based in Toulon at present and I visited Hyeres just about 2 weeks ago to enquire about space. I wsa told in no uncertain terms that no space was available unless you have an 8m boat. The waiting list extends towards the year 2011 at the present rate. St Tropez area sounds promising so maybe I'll take a look next month when I am down there again!
 

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I think I might have misled people with my information that there are spaces available in Hyeres. I was only referring to winter storage spaces, which I thought was the question. Now I understand that the question was for annual contracts. I always respond from the perspective of a liveaboard and I never look for annual contracts, I am moving the whole time. My experience is that you can pretty easily get winter moorings in many Riviera marinas. But indeed, if you are looking for an annual contract along the Riviera you should expect a five year waiting list, you have to sell your wife and daughters into slavery and you will marry the mayor's daughter.
 
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