Mission & Objectives

Laurent Da Rold

Laurent Da Rold

 La Rochelle, more than a simple harbour!
3 questions to Laurent Da Rold, President of Pôle Refit La Rochelle

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


Created in 2007, Pôle Refit La Rochelle unites yachting professionals, and has the objective of supporting both the economic and commercial development of refit works in La Rochelle and its surrounding area.

Our organization thus endeavours to promote:

  • The know-how and the skills of local companies,
  • Our perfectly adapted infrastructures,
  • The attractive environment of a historic and dynamic city.

The Corporate Members and Partners of Pôle Refit La Rochelle are united with the same spirit of excellence. It aims to provide yachtsmen and professionals unmatched skills and know-how for their boat refit, with the guarantee of tailor-made projects.

Thanks to its members, Pôle Refit La Rochelle provides an expert team of almost 330 sea enthusiasts. Each and every one of them guarantees custom-made projects in La Rochelle, a historical city of reference for any technical stopover.


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