Handling

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Lifting, launching, and dry berthing – our professional passion

Whatever your nautical preferences, from sailing and racing monohulls to catamarans or trimarans, and from blue-water motor yachts and trawlers to barges or canalboats, Port Navy Service has the equipment and the expertise get the job done. The 40 000 successful lifting and transport operations carried out in our 30 years of operation stand as proof – our attention to detail and savoir-faire are second to none.

We pride ourselves on a culture of collaboration, working with our clients to find solutions to challenges both large and small, and remembering that despite our considerable experience – each yacht is an individual – and should be treated as such.

Powerful, modern equipment.

All operations on our 50 and 120-tonne travelifts include protective sleeves for the straps to protect the hull of your boat. Lifting points are studied by our yard team in advance to ensure safe and delicate lifting and transportation, whether for wood, fiberglass, aluminium, or steel-hulled yachts.

20 years of expertise in the lifting, launching, and dry berthing of catamaran and trimaran yachts

Attuned to the growing multihull segment, and aided by the vast 22-hectares of dry berthing space at our site, we invested in specialized multihull infrastructure during the 1990s, 2000s, and 2010’s. Today, this has earned us the moniker “cataland” (catamaran-land), which we carry with pride.

We provide dedicated resources for multihull yachts, including:

  • A 13 metre-wide slipway, reserved exclusively for multihull boats,
  • Semi-submersible 15 and 25-tonne hydraulic trailers specifically designed for lifting and launching catamarans.
  • Extra-large (1 metre by 50 centimetres) foam pads on trailers, ensuring reduced stress on the structure of your catamaran. Their positioning is thought out in advance according to the model of your yacht.
With over 10 000 catamarans and trimarans welcomed to our to date, Port Navy Service has truly become Cataland.

Mast stepping – mastered

Port Navy Service is uniquely located near the mouth of the Rhône, acting as a gateway to and from the Mediterranean for Northern Europe, through a vast network of inland waterways stretching from France and Switzerland to Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands and further afield.

Every year, we assist countless sailors requiring mast stepping or unstepping on their journeys north through Europe, or south into the Mediterranean. Equipped and experienced in this most delicate of operations, we offer a mast handling and storage service, and the ability to crane masts up to 40m tall. We also maintain a network of specialized transportation companies who can assist with the overland transport of your spars and rigging.

Mast stepping checklist

  • Ensure that all rigging screws are working
  • Check halyards and shrouds (no crossings)
  • Prepare new pins

Note: Mast stepping can be done with all masthead instruments in place

Mast unstepping checklist

  • Ensure all rigging screws are working
  • Remove the boom
  • Remove any shrouds not required to hold the mast
  • Disconnect electricity from the mast
  • Provide a line to tie all cables at the bottom of the mast

For any type of mast handling operation, and for your comfort, please make an appointment with the harbourmaster’s office at least 4-5 days before your requested mast stepping/unstepping date.