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Yacht industry

With a coastline extending nearly 120 km, Calvados has a unique opening onto the sea, at the entrance to one of the busiest shipping routes in the world.
This strategic position gives it easy access to Europe’s major markets, including Paris, the United Kingdom and the whole of Northern Europe.

Economic importance


  • More than 66 firms, across all the sectors, generating between 750 and 1,000 direct and indirect jobs
  • 100 million euros in turnover
  • 13 lock-controlled ports, with a total of approximately 4,500 berths
  • 75 water sports clubs, 10 Fédération Française de Voile-approved sailing schools, 1 top-level sports training centre.
  • 2 inland lakes and rivers suitable for a variety of sports.
  • Norlanda, business incubator dedicated to boating-related businesses,

Key players

Calvados has a rich fabric of boating-related businesses located in Ouistreham, Honfleur, Courseulles-sur-Mer, Deauville, Trouville, Dives-sur-Mer, Port-en-Bessin or Grandcamp-Maisy.
Various activities correspond to individual and business demands : shipbuilding, sailmaking, marine engineering, OEM, marine electronics, maintenance, engine building, boat sales, shipschandler, hardware, engineering and naval architecture, preparation of racing boats, boat rental ...
  • V1D2 -  Normandy Greement : A firm specialized in the preparation of racing yachts (Vendée Globe, Route du Rhum, Around Alone..)
  • Garcia Yachting (Groupe Grand Large Yachting) : Custom-built aluminium yachts
  • Société Navale Industrielle et de Plaisance (SNIP) : Distributor, engine builder, trade / maintenance
  • Karver France : Design and manufacture blocks, fittings and custom-built parts
  • C2iM : Equipment manufacturer
  • Shoreteam : Shipbuilding design office, composite materials.

Calvados is rich in a dense network of firms involved in the yachting industry : maintenance and repair, sailmaking, angine builmdings and superstructure fittings, hire firms, ship chandlers and electronics firms.


F2N, federate the marine sector in Normandy
  The F2N is the association of boating-related businesses in Lower Normandy. It includes 87 companies, with a turnover of over 107 million euros and 820 direct jobs.
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Training for jobs in the yacht industry

  • Vocational training schools (plastics technology, the use of wood and associated materials for carpentry and fitting out)
  • Training for reinforced plastics technicians and for crews of all sizes of yachts.
  • Normandy Welding Institute. MIG Aluminium yacht hulls.
  • Skills hub dedicated to the yacht industry (materials resistance, mechanical testing, structural calculations, microstructural characterization, optical profile measurement) at ENSICAEN.
Calvados Nautisme
 The General Council of Calvados initiated an ambitious program of development and revitalization of the marine leisure sector in Calvados, in partnership with institutional and departmental economic, all under the banner : Calvados Nautisme.
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