This is the eastern most port covered by the Digimap marina pages and one of the nicest.

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Beautiful Honfleur, but packed with people ashore on a Wednesday evening in August – photos by Colin Le Conte 2016

A beautiful old inner marina looks amazing and at the end of August 2016 was not too busy.

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Visitors pontoon is thought to be on the left of the picture

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The swing bridge which provides the entrance to the Inner Harbour

The bridge is called the Lieutenant’s bridge
Opening times FROM MAY TO AUGUST – Every day – 8:30/9:30/10:30/11:30 AM, 3:30/4:30/5:30/6:30 PM

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It would appear the inner harbour can get very busy based on this marinas.com photo

The inner marina is a magnet for visitors and was crowded with people on the busy market Wednesday evening.

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Secure gates for the outer and quieter visitors pontoon

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Some rafting up at the end of August

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The view as you approach the visitors’ pontoon

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Walkway to the visitors’ pontoon

If you want a quieter area, then you can moor on the outer pontoon which is closer to the lock gate. It is less overlooked but can suffer from the passing trawlers and other boats that pass and create a wash. This is particularly disturbing at night. Most boats were fine and courteous but there are always the odd boats that go too fast.

At the end of the outer pontoon, there is room for a large visiting boat which would have its stern against the end of the pontoon. This shoudl work well and accommodate 80ft or perhaps longer boats. Do call them first if you have a boat of this size.

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Honfleur is lovely but I am not sure how keen they are on visiting yachtsmen. The marina office is very helpful but not very convenient location. There is room for around 8 boats in the outer pontoons and they could only accommodate 2 boats in the old marina without rafting up.

There are so many areas where they could add pontoons and facilities, this is really disappointing. Perhaps the town prefers the Cruise Ships and the River Cruise boats that moor there and the people visit the Town for the day.

The facilities reflect the same, 2 toilets and 2 showers for the inner and outer marinas cannot accommodate many people.

We would have liked to see what the old inner marina was like but no effort was made to moor the boats better to accommodate further boats. There is even room in the old marina for a central pontoon, but again, no effort.

Navigation

The approaches to Honfleur is not covered in this page other than please do your research as you should go the wrong side of the red buoys going up the channel in order to keep clear of the larger vessels (apart from red buoy 6).  You need to pass through outer lock gates to enter the port. These may be open for free flow or closed for lock access. The outer pontoon is then accessed easily, whereas the inner old harbour has a swing bridge which only opens occasionally.

Please see http://www.cnh-honfleur.net/faire-escale-a-honfleur-en-anglais/advice/

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Approaching the lock from the Seine – opened for free flow

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Approaching Honfleur having passed through the lock

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Approaching the lock from Honfleur

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Ferry leaving the lock going into the Seine

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Tie points float up and down in the lock – good idea

The marina office is near the old harbour and the facilities are near the outer pontoon.

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The harbour office down a small alley on the left of the old harbour as you enter it

The public facilities next door were good so the marina facilities should be of a similar standard. There are only 2 toilets and 2 showers for the men and the same for the ladies. You have to open the door really quickly once you have entered the code (written on the gate to the pontoon) otherwise it will lock again.

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There is no WiFi in the outer visitor mooring area.

Contact Information

e-mail address cnh14@wanadoo.fr

Address Secrétariat du Cercle Nautique de Honfleur, 8 rue Saint Antoine

Tel no 02 31 98 87 13

Official website

Lots of useful information including navigation and lock times

www.cnh-honfleur.net/

English advice – www.cnh-honfleur.net/faire-esc…

www.cnh-honfleur.net/faire-esc…

Useful websites

www.noonsite.com/Countries/Fra…

www.french-waterways.com/water…

www.calvados-tourisme.co.uk/di…

www.calvados-nautisme.com/port…