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    Default SOF Berth - How?

    I know its been asked and discussed a thousand times before. However, I am looking for an 'idiots guide' to getting a berth in the SOF. Not to buy but ideally rent for a few seasons. Port Vauban seems ideal or anywhere close to Nice Airport.

    I am going to hopefully get out there in September for a nosey, but would like to plan ahead for next season so I can secure a berth and then make preparations to get the boat out there next year.

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    Default Re: SOF Berth - How?

    Quote Originally Posted by jcwads View Post
    I know its been asked and discussed a thousand times before. However, I am looking for an 'idiots guide' to getting a berth in the SOF. Not to buy but ideally rent for a few seasons. Port Vauban seems ideal or anywhere close to Nice Airport.

    I am going to hopefully get out there in September for a nosey, but would like to plan ahead for next season so I can secure a berth and then make preparations to get the boat out there next year.
    Bless!

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    Default Re: SOF Berth - How?

    Given current lease expires Dec 2021 buying one would be the easiest and possibly only route to securing a berth without moving every 2 to 3 days. Great home port.

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    Default Re: SOF Berth - How?

    Beaulieu-sur-Mer has just had its lease extended until Dec 20 so you could buy a lease of a berth that would last until then and then you have a berth if you want to stay or can leave if you choose. What happens after Dec 20 is unknown. Beaulieu-sur-Mer is on the other side of Nice towards Monaco. 20 mins by train from Nice Airport (with a 10 min walk to the train) or 30 by car.

    PM me if you want the name of a local broker who might have a berth or two on his books.

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    Default Re: SOF Berth - How?

    Dont know if it works for your size of boat, we were investigating for the 8m to 10m bracket, and have not seen it discussed here, but our intention in the future is to find a storage yard that launches and recovers for you when you want, then you just use visitor berths when afloat. Such facilities seem to be to the west of St Tropez, due to flatter and less dense development I suppose.

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    Default Re: SOF Berth - How?

    Quote Originally Posted by jcwads View Post
    I know its been asked and discussed a thousand times before. However, I am looking for an 'idiots guide' to getting a berth in the SOF. Not to buy but ideally rent for a few seasons. Port Vauban seems ideal or anywhere close to Nice Airport.

    I am going to hopefully get out there in September for a nosey, but would like to plan ahead for next season so I can secure a berth and then make preparations to get the boat out there next year.
    As others have said, buying is your only option - unless you wait a couple of years until the leases end at PV and the whole place goes rental.

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    Default Re: SOF Berth - How?

    How Med spec is your current boat ?
    Ready for a better one ? There must be an itch that needs scratching ?
    Reason I ask one way in renting is to buy a boat from a dealer / broker .They have caches of berths for there customers and with a bit , not a lot of negotiating = bobs your uncle so to speak you are in .
    Strongly recommend you visit La Napoule, where the dealers hang out and make contact with theses people for berth advice
    http://homeport.fr/index.php?option=...mid=69&lang=en

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    Default Re: SOF Berth - How?

    Quote Originally Posted by jcwads View Post
    I am going to hopefully get out there in September for a nosey, but would like to plan ahead for next season so I can secure a berth and then make preparations to get the boat out there next year.
    Best of luck. As a start it might be worth contacting the berth brokers like Inwards https://www.inwardsmarine.com/berths or Triangle https://www.triangleberthbrokers.com/berths-for-rent. I see that Triangle are advertising a berth in St Laurent du Var for rent at present. Yes you could consider buying a berth as the current leases in many of the marinas are coming to an end but then you'll need to sink a considerable amount of cash into it. As a very general rule youre going to find more berth availability if you go west beyond La Napoule or east beyond Monaco into Italy. Yes it is worthwile taking a few days holiday and visiting each capitainerie in person but expect to get rebuffed everywhere unless you get lucky. St Laurent du Var is a possible because it is next to Nice airport and less sought after because of that as is Baie des Anges because the adjacent buildings are, ahem, pig ugly

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    Default Re: SOF Berth - How?

    Quote Originally Posted by mikef View Post
    Best of luck. As a start it might be worth contacting the berth brokers like Inwards https://www.inwardsmarine.com/berths or Triangle https://www.triangleberthbrokers.com/berths-for-rent. I see that Triangle are advertising a berth in St Laurent du Var for rent at present. Yes you could consider buying a berth as the current leases in many of the marinas are coming to an end but then you'll need to sink a considerable amount of cash into it. As a very general rule youre going to find more berth availability if you go west beyond La Napoule or east beyond Monaco into Italy. Yes it is worthwile taking a few days holiday and visiting each capitainerie in person but expect to get rebuffed everywhere unless you get lucky. St Laurent du Var is a possible because it is next to Nice airport and less sought after because of that as is Baie des Anges because the adjacent buildings are, ahem, pig ugly
    Many thanks. I will start making enquiries

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    Default Re: SOF Berth - How?

    Quote Originally Posted by jimmy_the_builder View Post
    As others have said, buying is your only option - unless you wait a couple of years until the leases end at PV and the whole place goes rental.
    Could be priced out unfortunately not sure I can get the funds for a purchase right now. Will probably then look at a wider area

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