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Where to Stay: Southampton and Monaco

Southampton and Monaco have an abundance of places to tie up or throw out the hook en route to the fall boat shows.

September 3, 2009
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PSP Southampton

The PSP Southampton Boat Show is held at the North Eastern end of Southampton Water. There are many marinas in and around Southampton, and ferry and public transportation services make it easy for yachtsmen cruising in the area to tie up and get to the show.

East Cowes Marina is located on the eastern banks of the Medina River, just upstream from the Cowes town center. The marina has 140 transient slips with shore-power, water, wireless Internet and an onsite chandlery. The Red Funnel Ferry runs from the Isle of Wight to the Town Quay in Southampton, about a five minute walk from the show.

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East Cowes Marina
 Britannia Way
 East Cowes
 Isle of Wight
PO32 6UB Tel: +44 (0) 1983 293 983
 Fax: +44 (0) 1983 299 276

The Hythe Marina Village lies on the shores across from Southampton on the western side of Southampton Water. The village has 209 berths, though the max LOA is 20 meters. In addition, there are waterside homes, restaurants, shops, and bars. The Hythe Ferry runs daily to Southampton, and will also drop you off a quick walk from the boat show at the Town Quay.

Hythe Marina Village Shamrock Way Hythe, Southampton Hampshire, SO45 6DY Tel: +44 (0) 2380 207 073 Fax: +44 (0) 2380 842 424

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Two miles up the River Hamble from Southampton Water you’ll find the Swanwick Marina. The marina has 300 berths, a chandlery, shipwrights, restaurants, shops and bars onsite, as well as the standard bathrooms, showers, laundry, shore power and water. Swanwick Marnia is located approximately 30 minutes away from the show by car, but public transportation is recommended.

Swanwick Marina Swanwick,
Southampton
 Hampshire, SO31 1ZL

 Tel: +44 (0) 1489 884 081
 Fax: +44 (0) 1489 579 073

Monaco

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While the French Riviera is one of the more time-tested cruising areas in the world, its historic buildings and the attention given to the preservation of its rich and interesting past hasn’t necessarily provided yachtsmen in the area with large marina complexes. However, there a bountiful sheltered harbors, lovely quays, and beautiful anchorages all along the coast. With the Monaco Boat Show in Port Hercule, the Main harbor of Monaco, the best bet for getting to the show by boat means staying in a nearby harbor and taking advantage of public transportation. The following harbor and ports are all within about 45 minutes of Port Hercule, and would offer a welcome escape from the on-the-water extravagance of the show.

Port de Villefranche Darse Chemin Lazaret 06230 Villefranche sur Mer, France Tel: +0 493-0170-70

Port de Plaisance de Cap d’Ail Port Cap d’ail 06320 Cap d’Ail, France Tel: +0 493-7828-46 Fax: +0 493-4198-29

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Port de Menton Garavan Nouveau Port 06500 Menton, France Tel: +0 493 28 78 00

Yacht Club International Port St Laurent du Var 06700 Saint Laurent du Var, France Tel: +0 493 0712 70

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