1 June 2024. Please see marinas.digimap.gg for the latest information and the new procedure for entering and exiting marinas. It is good news and thank you to the French authorities and the ports and marina officials who worked so hard to introduce these new rules.


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Interesting passage to Carentan – photo by Tim Lyle 2022


Carentan is good fun to get to whilst it is a long way around the top past Cherbourg and down the other side you see land nearly all the way. Head down a twisty river and through the lock into a long straight canal. The road goes under the canal.

Capitanerie is next to pontoon E – photo by Tim Lyle 2022

Exiting Carentan – photo by Tim Lyle 2022

They had the foresight to install more poles for pontoons than they needed so don’t think when entering the marina area they are some sort of markers – they aren’t, so stick to starboard side of the canal. Carentan was well bombed during WWII and is mainly made up of post-war buildings with a few historical ones remaining.

The boulangerie is about a 20mins walk from the marina, as is the Town. There are 2 or 3 restaurants near the marina including a very good Pizza restaurant.

Some people really like Carentan for its tranquillity and unique location. It was certainly the best marina for getting a good night’s sleep. Some felt the town was too far away, and there was not much to see.



Contact Details

Communauté de Communes de la Baie du Cotentin
“Service Port de Plaisance”
Directeur: Denis LEPREVOST


E-mail – port@ccbdc.fr

Website – www.ccbdc.fr

Marina Information

The Visitors pontoon is K pontoon although you may be allocated a different pontoon, based on the length of your boat. For 12m we were allocated P and Q which is a fair distance from the Harbour Office.

There are facilities alongside K pontoon in a “camouflaged” square building. It has 2 showers and 2 toilets each. It has good clean new facilities and uses the same code as the main block

Speed limit 3 knots once through the lock gate

LOCK GATE : When entering the harbour outside the peak périod, which is 1st June to 31st August, it is necessary to warn the lock keeper. A telephone is installed under the crow’s nest for this purpose. You should lift the receiver, wait until the message ends and hold on. We called on VHF 9 and had a good response.

SHOWERS : Showers are open in the main block from 8.30 a.m. until 17.30 p.m. from the 15th May until the 15th September, and from 8.30 a.m. until 17.00 p.m. for the rest of the year. Two showers are available 24 hours throughout the year and are accessed by a code.

VHF Channel 9

Pilot Guide – www.sail-the-net.com/marinas/europe/fran……

30 visitor moorings

Leclerc supermarket offers great prices and is the same distance as the supermarket in the Town

Lots of history in Carentan

Car Rental / Hire cars

Carentan is the ideal location for hiring a car and seeing the Normandy cemeteries and museums in the area. The American and German cemeteries are close by as is the  Overlord Museum, D Day airborne experience, Omaha Beach, Point de Hoc and Les Braves. All well worth visiting and a great day out.

We also used Europcar and although their map showed their office is by the church, it was actually 20mins cycle ride away in an industrial estate.

Restaurants – www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurants-g1010204…