Port of Entry
“If you wish to come to the port of Sablons, you will have to contact us two days before your arrival so that we can see if we have a place available. Moreover, there is not a particular port to come to, it is you who choose VAUBAN or SABLON.”
This is the form FORMULAIREDOUANE
There are 2 email addresses that you need to send the form to. I have typed them below so you can cut and paste them as they are long!
The customs (Douane) are where the cars check-in for the ferry.
It is not in the building where you buy the tickets or the passenger building.
It appears you either need to go into one of the marinas, or there are 2 holding buoys outside of the Sablons marina. These are not for overnight stays.
The large marina at Les Bas-Sablons is at Saint Servan. In theory an excellent marina with very good access (sill is approx 2m), convenient with good facilities.
St Servan is a lovely town and well worth exploring in its own right. Although a Saint-Malo marina, it is a long walk from Saint-Malo (approx 20 mins). St Servan marina is easy to access at most states of the tide, either before going into St Malo or up the Rance or even whilst travelling from say Granville and around the Brittany coast.
YouTube video of Echo Beach leaving the Rance lock gates and entering the Sablons marina – see around 3mins for the Sablons entrance – youtu.be/5VtpjdZebpw
Saint-Malo has 2 marinas. The marinas are very different, with one just outside of the Saint-Malo walls and the other, at St Servan.
Gate times for 2022- see www.guide-du-port.com/port-saint-malo/ho…
The Visitors moorings are on the 1st and 2nd pontoon as you come in.
Pontoon A has visitor spaces at the middle and end. Pontoon B has visitor spaces at the end. The visitors’ fingers have a red background to the numbers.
There can be a bad wave surge at the end of the pontoon – even in calm weather. The noise from the ferry can be a pain depending on the time of docking and loading.
It would be better if the visitors’ moorings were close to the land, away from the noise and any surge.
St Malo lock and lots of other information, wind speed, Vauban lock, Rance lock
Phone number for a recorded message in English of the Barrage Lock times and the time and Height of water in the Rance
Sadly this is one of the few marinas left in Brittany who do not reply to e-mails.
Tel: 02 99 81 71 34
VHF channel 9
Guide du Port
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 on long days May June you can enjoy the sea view and the club atmosphere. Not so many tables so reservation preferably. Denis
Tuesday in Saint Servan
Rance tides – www.windfinder.com/tide/dinan_la_rance
Saint-Malo weather forecast from xc weather – www.xcweather.co.uk/forecast/saintmalo
Dinard Web Cam pv.viewsurf.com/?id=45