Port de Dahouet

Port de Dahouet – photo courtesy of R2prod

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Picture by marinas.com

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Picture by marinas.com

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The entrance to the channel leading to the marina. Do not pass too close to the white and green tower. You can just see the red post on the far rock

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Slipway below the monument, note the 2 white posts – don’t go inside them!

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Entrance to the Marina from the seaside. Entrance is marked with normal red and green posts, yellow posts show the marina wall. There is not much of a lip to the marina “gate”. It is slightly deeper on the starboard side of the entrance as you go in.

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The marina wall is not a wall at all. Note the yellow posts

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Entrance to the Marina – visitors moorings are on the right. No fingers – just a long pontoon like Carteret. It is slightly deeper on the starborad side of the entrance as you go in. Do not moor between the pontoon and the slipway.

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Visitors Pontoon

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Facilities at the top of the visitors’ ramp (should be replaced by now)

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Marina Office

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Note tide gauge before the green pole. There is also one on the starboard side as you enter the marina. They were underwater when we arrived at high tide so we could not see them!

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The beach leading the Town – Plage du Val Andre

Dahouet is 59nm from Guernsey. Dahouet is across the bay ESE ish from St Quay.

Guide du Port – http://www.guide-du-port.com/port-dahouet-piegu/

Opening

We visited in late May 2012 and had previous reports that everything would be open. This was not the case and even the 2 restaurants that were open during the day, the Jez and the Petite Navire were closed when we tried to eat in the evening. They only served food at lunchtime.

We then had to walk for 30 mins into Val Andre to get some food as there was nowhere else.

Facilities

There were plans to replace them and hopefully they have now been replaced. Any updates would be appreciated

2012 report said “At first sight, they looked OK but on closer inspection, they were dirty and poorly maintained. While we were there they were never cleaned and the toilet roll dispensers were left empty. The showers work with a jeton which is purchased from a machine at the entrance to the facilities and costs Euro 2. It takes change. Showers are basic with no hangers and start too cold and finish too hot. Disappointing.You have to press a button on the shower unit to make the water come out. This is obvious in the men’s’ showers but not the ladies.The door is quite stiff to open from the inside. Watch your knuckles and children may not be able to get out.”

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Port Office

The Port Office is the other side of the marina. The service in 2012 was poor. Even the weather forecast was 3 days out of date. Good job there is free wifi. Wifi times out every 30mins and you have to re-login. It does not seem to support VPN.

We believe the marina opens about 2 hours either side of high tide on neaps and 2.5 hours on springs, but please check. The marina opening times are contained in a booklet in the harbourmaster’s office but we could not find it on the internet.

Val Andre is ten mins on bike or 30 mins walk from the boulangerie. A lovely beach there.

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Boulangerie is 10 mins walk from the visitors pontoon.

Cliff walk is good, not suitable for bikes. Takes about 50 mins from visitors pontoon to Val Andre centre.

There is also a small chandlery in Dahouet, a Tabac/bar, a boulangerie and a takeaway.

Dahouet itself is very quaint and usually not too crowded, however, Pleneuf-Val-Andre is a short cycle or walk along the coast. A typical French holiday resort with excellent beach, casino and lots going on.

The entrance to Dahouet is a little forbidding but not a hairy as it looks. A bit like going into a bigger and wider version of Beaucette Marina entrance in Guernsey.

Pilot Guide – en.val-andre.org/

Contact information

Tel: 06 80 07 53 93 (mobile)

Tel no 02 96 72 82 85

Fax: 02 96 72 82 85

Website: www.pleneuf-val-andre.fr

Marina Master is Guy FRAVEL

E-mail – portdahouet@pleneuf-val-andre….

We have e-mailed the marina office on a number of occasions and never received a reply in English or French. We also e-mailed the Tourist Office and did not get a response. It is not surprising people go elsewhere.

Wikipedia – (french) – fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dahouet

Pictures

www.panoramio.com/photo/147187…

www.trekearth.com/gallery/Euro… Pléneuf Val-André Sites

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Tides – tide.frbateaux.net/56

About halfway up the harbour in Dahouet there is a beacon (green?) on the starboard side with a reading of the depth over the sill at the time. (they were under water last time we arrived)

High Tide is about 40mins before Guernsey (please check)

www.pleneuf-val-andre.fr/maree…

Map –  en.val-andre.org/discover/map-…

Weather – www.fallingrain.com/world/FR/A…

Long-term www.worldweatheronline.com/Dah…

Web Cam – http://www.pleneuf-val-andre.fr/webcams

Yacht Club

The Val-André YC have their clubhouse in Dahouët. The Secretary is Alain CHEVREL, contact details: alanchevrel@orange.fr or +33 (0)296.729.232. The Yacht Club contact is ycva@orange.fr

Restaurants

www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserRe…

Tiwanee 

Tel 02 96 63 05 85. Quai des Terre-Neuvas

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Tiwanee

 

Le Zef

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Le Zef

Petite Navire

Tel: 02 96 72 96 92 Quai des Terre-Neuvas

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Le Petit Navire

 

 L’Atelier

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Otherwise, there are many restaurants in Val Andre–ten mins on bike or 25 mins walk.”

Markets

  • Pléneuf – Tuesday
  • Lamballe – Thursday
  • Val-André – Friday
  • Erquy – Saturday