News 2017 – We have received reports hat the upper reaches of the Rance has not been dredged this winter and so silting is expected to increase. Vessels should keep well inside of the buoyed channel.
We visited by land in 2016. There are no signs for the visitor pontoons. They used to be pontoon D which is 2nd from the top of the picture (the bottom pontoon does not have a letter). We were told it is now pontoons D and E although there was no indication of this.
I enquired at the marina office and received the following message which translated says “visitors usually call before or take a position and pass the captaincy just after. If I see them arrive, we welcome them but unfortunately I ‘m all alone and can not be everywhere.”
This is the passage to the lock shown at low tide. Holding area is the pool at the front of the photo
Stan says “The marina at Le Chatelier (actually called Lyvet) is not restricted by length but by draft. If you draw more than 1.7m you can’t get through the lock and there are shallow parts all along. To get to Dinan you MUST draw less than 1.5m.”
The office at Lyvet is good and the facilities are clean. There are a couple of showers and a couple of toilets and that is it.
A website (nautisme.meteoconsult.fr/bloc-…) suggests min depth in marina 1.7m but no indication of how up-to-date that is.
A fellow boater was delayed going both ways through the lock by over an hour by a Vedette and a bunch of kayackers so don’t bank on going through when you plan to.
It operates from 6am to 21H, only if the reading at Saint Suliac is equal or more than 8.50 m.
We can not know the opening hours of the lock 48 hours in advance except for the weekends when the information is only available on Friday afternoon.
The opening hours are obtained by phone by calling the lock 02 96 39 55 66.
The lock operates on demand. No VHF channel is reserved for the lock although Channel 14 was mentioned – but we received no response.
A site that looks like it is being developed lavicomtesurrance.free.fr/
L’EFFET MER, 9 rue du Port. Tel: +33 (2) 96 83 21 10. Good restaurant, reasonably priced, and conveniently close to the Marina. Reservations advisable. English spealing proprietor. Thanks Phil
Le Saint Patrick – Bar, restaurants and does take away Pizzas. Great fish and chips! Visited in 2016 and great Irish service and food. Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays and when they go on holidays out of season.
There is a town called La Vicomte sur Rance which is a good 20 to 25 mins walk along the main road up a long hill. Boulangerie was also closed in July 2016.
A passenger boat departs from Lyvet and travels to Dinan. Has a restaurant on board. see www.lemaltess.com