Useful Information

Yacht Clubs and Associations:

The Cruising Association – 020 7537 2828,

Extensive source of cruising information from members all over the world. Excellent website with individual sections including N France and Channel Isles, Biscay, Mediterranean etc. Nobody should contemplate cruising without enjoying the benefits of membership!

Bavaria Owners Association –


Mayflower Marina, Plymouth – 01752 606896,

Our original’home’ marina and the best and most friendly we have known. Charles Bush (MD), Angela (Office Manager), and the office staff, together with the Harbourmaster team of Tony and Mike with their berthing staff are all very helpful, and will do anything they can to ensure you have an enjoyable stay.

Port de la Roche Bernard –

Our present home marina, didn’t think that anywhere would beat Mayflower but this is just as good. Very helpful staff in beautiful surroundings and well less than half the cost.

Printed Sources

Bloc Marine (Atlantique) –Probably the best source of current information for cruising W. France. Published yearly as a full or shortened version, and either in French, or French with some English.

The Cruising Almanac – The Cruising Association (Imray)

North Brittany – RCCPF / Lawson (Imray)

Atlantic France – RCCPF / Parkinson (Imray)

South Biscay – RCCPF / Pickard (Imray)

Atlantic Spain and Portugal – RCCPF / Walker and Buchanan (Imray)


RCCPF – Royal Cruising Club Pilotage Foundation, I


Electronic Sources

Reeds Nautical Almanac (used on Destiny as an I Pad App)

Tucano Tides Planner (now Imray) – App store (used as I pad and I phone App)

Navionics Charts – Navionics Boating HD  (used as I Pad App and on our Raymarine plotter)

Yachting and Boating World Forums –

Yacht Weather – Weather Track, igrib, Weather Online, Meteo France, Meteoconsult, Predictwind and Windy

Equipment Suppliers and Marine engineers /repairs / boatyards

Force 4 – Cardiff branch 029 2078 7190 (Manager Stuart)

Promarine – Plymouth based Raymarine dealers, (Clint / David) 01752 669401

 Allspars – Plymouth based riggers, 01752 266766 (Andy / Jonny)

Stainless Marine Fabrications – Fareham 01329 841114 (David)

The Ramp People – Godalming 01483 801120

Seaswan Commercial – Llanelli, Dinghy covers 01554 834884 (Mark)

Specialised Marine Electronics – Cardiff based boat electrics. 07967 120746 (Roy)

Marine Engineering Looe –  Volvo Dealers, Plymouth. 01752 226143 (Jamie)

M&G Marine Services – Engineers and Shipwrights, Mayflower Marina, Plymouth. 01752 563345 (Mick /Gary)

Sarl. Comptoir Nautique – Boatyard with hardstanding, La Roche  Bernard, also some marine engineering and repairs. Excellent service from Alexis and his team.

Digital Yacht – Electronics, (AIS and other) excellent customer support online and by ‘phone.

J. Schofield Ltd – Marine aerials and accessories. Excellent customer service and support. 01995 672556





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