The Saint Malo marinas have been split into 2 separate pages. The marinas are very different and worthy of their own page each.

Vauban Marina lock…

There were new pontoons in place in 2015. Much improved layout, better security and now has fingers. A great improvement.

In 2016 the electrics and water all all complete. The harbour staff are very helpful and speak very good English. They really do make it a pleasure to stay in the Vauban Marina and many marinas could learn a lot from their helpful and positive approach.

The marina can get very busy in the summer, so you may have to go along side the wall and raft up. Do call them first.


The new pontoons, taken from the ramparts. The picture shows the outer “wall” and you can see the pontoons and fingers behind – photo by Colin 2015


The new fingers with the walls of Saint Malo behind - very idyllic

The new fingers with the walls of Saint Malo behind – very idyllic – photo by Colin 2015


Les Bas-Sablons marina, note Bassin Vauban marina just outside of the walls of Saint Malo at the top left of the picture – photo by



Vauban marina, this is the old layout. The pontoons now come off the pier on the right of the photo – by


The big lock at St Malo that takes you through to the Bassin Vaubin marina (pictured from marina side)


Make sure you have a big loop at the end of your rope. People on land will normally take your rope


Turn left as you come through the lock gates and the marina is in front of you. Some very large boats may need to go along the wall. This is fine but ensure your boat is secure and be aware that the height of the marina does drop a little and so if you are not tied to a pontoon, you need some slack in your ropes



We were moored along side the wall as the marina was pretty full a few years ago. Located just outside of the walls of Saint Malo


Bureau du Port (right door). The left door is access to the marina toilets and the middle door provides access to the showers (no token required). The sign shows the way to the public toilets – still the same in 2015


The man or lady in the dinghy comes to meet you as you arrive at the marina

Official web site

Pilot Guide
St Malo lock and lots of other information, wind speed, Vauban lock, Rance lock……

The lock operates as follows and is based on Saint Malo HW. The time listed for Entry is the time the lock gate opens to the sea. It ‘s better to arrive 15mins before.

  • 2.5 hours before HW
  • 1.5 hours before HW
  • 0.5 hours before HW
  • 0.5 hours after HW
  • 1.5 hours after HW
  • 2 hours before HW
  • 1 hour before HW
  • High Water
  • 1 hour after HW
  • 2 hours after HW

The above is based on my calculation based on the lock times in 2015. Please check with the Harbourmaster or other sources of information if the timing is critical for you.…


The facilities are a little old and limited. The showers are free (no jeton). There are separate entrances to the toilets and the showers.

WiFi is free of charge and everyone uses the same code. The signal is weak on some of the visitors pontoons and some visitors were unable to receive the signal.



We had a good meal and great drinks in the La Base Yacht Club which is right next to the marina and is now at the top of the ramp as you walk along the pontoons. In 2016 it is called La Trinquette

They looked after the Guernsey Yacht Club visitors very well in 2015




There is now a bakery just inside the main gate. More up market and great croissants and pain au raisin etc.



Another bakery – perhaps better for bread. Go in through the Grande Porte (not the main gate) – and keep walking straight. About the 2nd shop on the right.

Yacht Club de Dinard
On the food + sailing topic the restaurant of the Yacht Club de Dinard has now reopened.
Knowing the chef, the lunch menu will be competitive and the food very correct. Dinner 35/40 € but in long days May June you can enjoy the sea view and the club atmosphere. Not so many tables so reservation preferably. Denis

Forum information

Market day
Tuesday, Friday

Extra information
Wind graph at Saint Malo –…

Weather –…


Saint Malo weather forecast from xc weather –…

9 day – Saint Malo –………