Saturday, January 17, 2015

La Ciotat, France: Europe's Superyacht Maintenance Capital

This one measures just under 50 meters.

Superyachts to the Rescue.  (The New York Times, 1/16/2015)
When the entire ship, replete with helicopter pad and five staterooms, reached the height of the quay, it rode a motorized dolly sideways onto a grid of metal rails. Then it rolled toward the giant work shed where until March it will be cleaned, repaired and painted in a makeover costing 2 million euros, or $2.3 million. 

Though yachting’s high season is still months away, winter is a busy time in this picturesque town in southeast France that is Europe’s largest yacht-maintenance and refitting seaport, as measured by revenue.

La Ciotat, yachtless.

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