21Nov 2014

We are looking forward to meeting you in HALL 1 – A-42 BOOTH


After 2013, our Organization will exhibit again on the booth of the Charente-Maritime County through a dedicated lounge. Come and meet us in order to discuss about your refit projects with our local experts.

FREE TOMBOLA until December 13th: try to win one of our numerous prizes, including an overnight stopover in La Rochelle Marina and various equipment. Meet us on our stand to fulfill our quiz and try your hand!

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19Sep 2014

The Organization and the Marina of La Rochelle officially signed a 3 years partnership agreement  aiming to develop the yacht refit activity of the area. Both of the structures thus display their common ambition of deploying the refit field.

The 2014 Grand Pavois Boat show has been filled with relevant highlights.The official signature of the partnership agreement was one of them. The event took place on our booth with an audience of professionals and important local figures. This new partneship has three main objectives:
  • To develop the refit activity of pleasure-boating on the Marina area.
  • To develop and to improve  the services linked to the superyacht accomodation, through specific means and adapted facilities.
  • To ensure the promotion of the stopover offer related to super yachts.
Various works have been started since a few months, such as a  welcome pack to simplify first contacts with boat captains.
Official Speech

From left to right: Christian Marbach, Président of the Marina of La Rochelle, Catherine Léonidas, in charge of sports and yachting of the City of La Rochelle, Jean-Luc Algay, Director, of La Rochelle area Economic Development and Laurent Da Rold, President of Pôle Refit La Rochelle

Official signature of the partnership agreement

Official signature of the partnership agreement

Cocktail time after the signature

Cocktail time after the signature

03Sep 2014

We are looking forward to meeting you in HALL B – S-08 BOOTH

Our agenda for the 2014 edition:

  • Daily thematic conferences at 11:00 A.M. and 3:00 P.M:  discover the secrets of a successfully achieved refit (osmosis, work coordination, electronical performance, painting, hardware…). Download our complete schedule here.
  • A FREE TOMBOLA until September 20th: try to win one of our numerous prizes, including an overnight stopover in La Rochelle Marina and various equipment. Meet us on our stand to fulfill our quiz and try your hand!

See you soon in La Rochelle!

More info on the Grand Pavois Boat Show: Click here to see how to get to La Rochelle.

04Jun 2014

A new website in June!

The Organization’s new website offers updated graphics and improved ergonomic, a detailed presentation of the Organization and the Corporate Members, a member space with a download section (in French only)… It is both an effective and a modern site which content has been enhanced, and which is now available for all internet users!  
23May 2014
Laurent Da Rold

Laurent Da Rold

Why did you create a non-profit organization dedicated to yacht refit?

Pôle Refit La Rochelle stands at the heart of the highest concentration of nautical businesses of the country. A long-term commitment for the city of La Rochelle, with a key ambition: to become an international leader in refit operations. La Rochelle is definitely a credible option compared to shipyards from the French Riviera, from the Nordic Countries, and more generally to European yards. Thus, our missions are to develop the image of our city as the benchmark port of call on the French Atlantic Coast and to unite the domestic marine industry on the refit market.

What sizes of boat can be refitted?

Refit work gives any boat a new lease on life. Accordingly, we can talk about refits regardless of the boat size. On the other hand, it is obvious that both facilities and skills are very different between a pleasure boat refit and a superyacht of several dozens of metres. This is exactly why we developed two offers: “Refit Plaisance”, for pleasure boating and “Refit Superyacht”, for super- and megayachts. We are thus able to meet the requirements of two specific types of customers. To do so, we rely on innovative, performing facilities, which are above all adapted to fulfil the most demanding requirements.

What is the main strength of La Rochelle for achieving refit projects?

To begin with, we are the only deep sea port of the Atlantic Coast and have one of the leading marinas in Europe. We own highly performing facilities able to welcome boats up to 100 metres – all in the heart of our city classified as a historic heritage site! Second of all, I assume that our main strength is both the diversity and the complementarity of the trades and crafts available. Our history of more than a century in the marine industry has led us to build a real expertise, specifically in terms of skills and know-how. Coming to La Rochelle ensures our clients custom-made projects managed by passionate and experienced people, at affordable prices and within the time-limit set.  
20May 2014
voilerie-klein-electricite-navale Upholstery, interior and exterior protections, sail repair Pôle Refit is happy to welcome a new local company as a Corporate Member!
Voilerie Klein has been located at the heart of the Minimes area since 1992 and provides equipment and protection for all types of boats. All  products are custom-made using fabrics and materials which are highly-resistant to interior and exterior aggressions (UV rays, mould, winds…). Klein provides its clients both its experience and its passion for a job well done, and can thus meet the most demanding requirements.
More information on Voilerie Klein here.
28Dec 2012
Stand du Conseil Général de la Charente-Maritime au Salon Nautic de Paris

Our stand

December 2012,

In 2012, Pôle Refit La Rochelle exhibited at Nautic in Paris (stand K11-hall 1 in Portes de Versailles), thanks to Conseil Général de la Charente-Maritime.

This collaboration was a great opportunity for members to promote their skills during an international meeting.

We will be pleased to see you in 2013!

28Sep 2012

Chantier-Arsenal-fmThe Chantier de l’Arsenal is a joint venture between two companies, Asselin and Yacht Concept, passionately involved in a common project: the reconstruction of the Hermione in Rochefort. It is dedicated to all classical, neo-classical and heritage yachts of more than 30 metres, in wood or metal, sailboats and motoryachts.The shipyard handles newly built vessels or refit projects, for either private or institutional   TYP-enseigne2-échelle1-10èmeTechniYachtsPinta offers you all the means and the skills required for the construction, maintenance and refit of your boat (sailboats, motoryachts or workboats), based on a 30-year experience. Among the latest achievements: the construction of a 60′ day-charter catamaran; customizing the deck and hull of a Volvo Ocean Race 60; the renovation of the hull and interior transformation of a 65’motor yacht; the renovation of the teak deck, the hull and topsides of an Arcoa’   Pochon-fmThe synergy of Pochon SA and Pochon Professional allows our customers to make the best of a local, comprehensive service, both in electronics and electricity, from the study to the guarantee. As integrator of the leading electronics brands, Pochon can also meet the more and more sophisticated demands in computer, communication/network or Hi fi/Video.   rougeAs a professional working in the yachting industry and attentive to our customers for over 25 years, Big Ship searchs and selects products of a high level of quality at the best rate to meet all needs. Our know-how allows us to offer essential technic solutions and to be a real partner.