Low cost boating in France - a true maritime nation
We took our summer holidays in France this year. We spent the first week at the Bassin d'Arcachon close to Bordeaux. I made enquiries with locals, asking if I needed permission to use the port slipways, or whether it was necessary to pay to launch. People laughed and couldn't understand why you would have to pay to launch your boat. I checked with the Captainerie (??) at Andernos les Bains, and he laughed and told me it wasn't necessary too. Incidentally, there was no charge to park the car and trailer either!
I also found that I could easily find petrol in the marinas. In northern England, you generally only find diesel at the marina fuel pontoons.
Isn't the UK supposed to be a maritime nation? Why is it so hard to find good facilities here and when you do find them, they costs you an arm and two legs??!!