The figures talk for themselves

1st French region for pleasure boat exports

129 firms and 4,582 jobs

€1,2 billion in revenue

equivalent to ¼ of all revenue generated by the French marine leisure industry

36 yacht ports & 15,000 berths

450 km of coastline

Source: Solution&Co’s survey 2021

Great business opportunities in sailing

Great because you can join leading international companies of the boat industry

Atlantic France hosts the global leading shipyards Beneteau Group. If your company is a marine equipment supplier, working closely alongside this giant is a key opportunity.  Make the move, like Yanmar: the Japanese group chose to set up its first sales office in Atlantic France (La Roche-sur-Yon) to market its innovative boat engines.

Great because the marine industry is constantly innovating and needs solution providers

Alongside shipbuilding, sailing is one of Atlantic France’s top markets. The sector represents a handful of business opportunities for you as a solution provider. You could find new clients, introduce innovative uses along our coast and also test your ideas directly with key industrial players.

Here’s a taste of our local innovations in the sailing boat industry:

Great because we have got more scope for doing business with you!

Take advantage of the strong growth potential of our river boating sector: riverside activities, houseboat hire, river cruises, etc. Atlantic France also offers 375 km of waterways, 36 yacht ports, 15,000 berths and a collaborative business environment which provides you with plenty of exciting opportunities to explore.

Here are some recent examples of successful sailing businesses based in Atlantic France:

  • Band of Boats (online platform for individuals hiring and selling boats);
  • Boat Club de France (private boat booking club);
  • Nautic Easy (pleasure boat restoration services).



Leading names


Powerful networking and the right connections

Innovation clusters


The French industrial cluster for advanced manufacturing technologies


Rubber and polymers cluster



Pôle Mer Bretagne Atlantique

Cluster dedicated to marine activities with 6 strategics areas.


The innovation cluster for managing electric and thermal energies.

Innovation platforms

Technocampus Composites

Mutualized technological research platform dedicated to composite manufacturing

Technocampus Ocean

Mutualized technological research platform dedicated to marine structures and metallic materials

Technocampus Smart Factory

Mutualized technological research platform dedicated to industrial uses of virtual reality

IRT Jules Verne

Mutualised research institute dedicated to the industry of the future, seeking to boost competitiveness in strategic industries by disruptive fabrication technologies

Neopolia Marine

more than 40 companies which pool their expertise and collaborate in order to respond innovatively to the needs of the shipbuilding industry

cea tech

Technology transfer platform, speeding innovation for industry and developing programs on AI and robotics/cobotics.


Atlantic Digital Innovation Boating Association which networks innovative nautical companies, helps the creation of start-ups and facilitates the digital transition of the sector


Research platforms


Research laboratory specialising in mechanics, civil engineering and marine technology

LHEEA Centrale Nantes, CNRS



A pioneer in ocean science, IFREMER’s cutting-edge research is grounded in sustainable development and open science.

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