Recreational boating is practiced alone or for family or friends, for leisure and with vessels under 18-24 metres. A recreational boater can sail on a regular or occasional basis, on a sailboat or a motorboat, as owner, guest or tenant.
Recreational boats moor in seaports, river ports, in individual or collective anchorage areas.
Recreational boats moor in seaports, river ports, in individual or collective anchorage areas. They may also be stationed ashore in dry ports or at their owners' homes. Outings at sea by recreational crafts are not regular and fluctuate according to the seasons, the weather and the practices of recreational boaters. The annual number of trips is relatively low.
As in other industries, practices are evolving and are seen to be shifting towards use rather than ownership.
France is also the first manufacturer of recreational boats in Europe and the second largest in the world. More than 70% of production is for export, mainly to Germany, the United Kingdom, Spain and Italy for EU countries and the United States.
*Ministry of Ecological Transition - Article
*Ministry of Ecological Transition - PDF
The Alpes-Maritimes have a capacity of 17,700 berths, 42% of which are less than 8 m (data of 2018).