By Sophie Quesnel
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On a floating pontoon located on the quay in front of the Tourist Office, motorboats for hire are moored. At the helm of this brand new activity, Jordan Duprat, 33, who is about to spend a season in which he has placed nautical activities at the heart. Indeed, after renting jet-skis and Zodiacs in the marina of Deauville, the young entrepreneur innovates by offering the general public to go up and discover the last kilometers of the Touques before it flows into the Sleeve. “We are equipped with a floating pontoon which allows us to work approximately three hours before high tide and three hours after, depending on the coefficients. »
“The first quarter of an hour is devoted to strolling in an urban environment. You have to leave the city, then cross the artisanal zone of Touques and Saint-Arnoult to explore the river in its wildest state. From the first half hour, we arrive in a natural setting where we are literally out of time and away from civilization. And in one hour we arrive in the last meanders of the Touques before the estuary, there it is an unknown and marvelous landscape. » Jordan even advises his clients to go even further upstream « to go almost to the golf course of the Admiralty and, at the bend of a meander, to stop to enjoy the setting. Each of our small boats is equipped with an anchor which makes it possible to picnic, drink a coffee and spend some time listening to nature. »
In the opinion of those who have had the chance to embark: “this trip on the water is a parenthesis in daily life, a different moment. Indeed, the originality of this mini odyssey is the Touques. Known to everyone because it separates Trouville from Deauville, the river reveals almost secret places. The boats offer the possibility of exploring. It is a discovery of nature. smiles Jordan Duprat.
When Jordan Duprat chose the boats and in particular their engine, he took care to pay close attention to their impact on the environment: “choices had to be made so that the activity did not harm anyone, nor the local residents, nor to fishermen. »
Everything has been meticulously thought out and studied to limit nuisance and optimize pleasure “I moved the pontoon to preserve the slipway for boats so as not to upset the habits of boaters who come to clean their boat and above all we have equipped the ours with a small 6 HP outboard motor”
When it came to equipping the boats with a means of propulsion, the designers of the project immediately and naturally turned to heat engines.
How about an electric motor? “Simply for safety reasons, advances Jordan Duprat, given the current at the time of the tides, an electric motor would not have sufficient power to propel the boat with four people on board. »
But beware of received ideas, “a small four-stroke engine does not generate pollution because the outboard motor, as its name suggests, is out of the water, the only submerged part is the propeller which rotates without discharging gasoline or oil into the water and emitting very little exhaust discharge. These engines also consume little, barely 1 liter per hour.
An introductory price of €29 per hour
The boats are also particularly quiet and accessible to all since they can be maneuvered without a permit. Equipped with an anchor and a lifejacket, they ensure safe boarding. “We are going, after having obtained the necessary authorizations, to put up on the banks, educational panels for schoolchildren. They will provide information on the length of the Touques, where it has its source, what is fished there with the different species of fish…”
And for groups, fun treasure hunts can be organized and should appeal to EVG or EVJ* and works councils.
“Finally, we wanted to be extremely competitive since we are opening with an introductory price of €29 per hour for four people,” says the manager of the Trouville nautical base, even if it is advisable to embark for two hours in order to to take full advantage of the meanders of the Touques.
The officials of Trouville sur l’eau also plan to organize clean-up operations on the banks of the river this summer. On these days, the rental will be offered to people concerned about preserving their environment and who can thus combine business with pleasure.
* Events intended to celebrate, between friends, the end of his celibacy
Information and reservations: 07 49 64 64 51 Prices: 1 hour: €29 | 2 hours: €49 | 3 hours: €75 website: www.trouvillesurleau.fr
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