National leader in board sports

€2,5 billion in revenues


Catamarans Yatchs

60 %

of leasure boats blueprints designed in the region


Ports of trade

Four Reasons to set up in Nouvelle-Aquitaine

les forces de la nouvelle aquitaine aéronautique
  • 720 Km of Atlantic coastline, 74,000 Km of inland waterways, large lakes
  • 4 commercial ports: Bayonne, Bordeaux, La Rochelle, Rochefort Tonnay-Charentes 21 million tons of goods (wood, grain and hydrocarbons in the lead)
  • 30 marinas with over 12,000 berths including La Rochelle, one of the largest ports in the world with 4,500 berths
  • Marine electronics
  • Interior fittings
  • Materials
  • Deck fittings
  • Sails
  • Refitting
  • Saddlery
  • Basque Country, a global surfing destination
  • French frigate Hermione, made in Nouvelle-Aquitaine
  • World-class surfing spot: Lacanau and its international competition
  • Grand Pavois: One of the biggest boat shows on the water in Europe
  • Traditional industries (fishing, port activities, tourism) and emerging industries (energy and marine bio-resources)
  • A unique concentration: designers, builders, engine manufacturers and OEMs, dealers, maintenance and services
  • 2nd most attractive French region for tourism in 2016
  • Board sports sector: The Basque Country has the largest concentration of expertise in the world

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Companies Doing Business Here

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Specialized Partners for Your Project

Several organizations specialized in innovation, research and development are present in Nouvelle-Aquitaine. This dynamic ecosystem provides a vector of opportunities for businesses in the implementation of their project and their business! Networks, partners, product innovation support, are among the many services and areas of expertise provided by these stakeholders to support the development of your business.


  • Centre de Recherche pour l’architecture et l’Industrie Nautiques (CRAIN): pleasure boating and naval architecture

Technology Platforms

  • CRITT Industries Nautiques: fluid simulations, analysis of sailboat performance, sustainable yachting, high performance composite parts

Clusters / Business Networks

  • EuroSIMA: Board sports sector
  • Bordeaux SuperYatchs REFIT: Refitting of large yachts
  • La Rochelle Nautic Netwok (LR2N): Professional association of the boating industry
  • Pôle REFIT La rochelle: Refitting of yachts and super-yachts

  • Fédération des Industries du Nautisme – Boating industry association
  • Union des professionnels du nautisme du Bassin d’Arcachon – Boating industry association of Arcachon Bay

  • Professional training: composites, maintenance, fittings, electricity, carpentry, sheet-metal working, framing, hardware
  • AFPA Rochefort: Pleasure boat builder and outfitter
  • Lycée Technique de la Mer de Gujan – Mestras: Nautical framing, composite materials
  • CFA de la Rochelle: Framing and layout, wood and materials
  • Lycée professionnel de Rompsay: Boat maintenance, electrical equipment

Selection of Sites Dedicated to Boating

Our Services to Companies

| Business Environment

We will send you the information you need to study the feasibility of your project in Nouvelle-Aquitaine (supply of raw materials, market data, subcontractors, R&D partners, etc.).

| Real-Estate Solutions

We look for, select and present real-estate offers suited to your specifications. You can send us your search criteria and we take care of the rest in strict confidentially!

| Financing and Public Aid

Various programs are available to obtain the financing necessary for your business set-up. We can introduce you to our experts in financial engineering who will study the available public or private solutions.

| Networking

We open our network and put you in relation with the key stakeholders for your project. Our proximity to regional partners will enable you to fast-track the execution of your business set-up!

| Administrative Procedures

We know that certain procedures can be complex, so we activate our network to facilitate your installation. We mobilize various players according to your needs and your timetable.

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An Accessible Region

Nouvelle-Aquitaine, on the Atlantic coast and bordering Spain, is strategically located on Europe's North-South logistics itinerary. With extensive, modern transportation infrastructures, the region is easily accessible from European economic capitals, putting companies close to their markets:

  • 11 airports, 7 serving international destinations
  • Over 60 international routes with daily or weekly service
  • Growing number of low-cost airlines
Road and Rail Network
  • LGV SEA (Bordeaux - Paris in 2 hrs.)
  • North-south and East-West expressway networks
  • 4 ports of trade
  • Links to 300 ports worldwide