Promoting fairer access to the sea
“We love classic fishing boats and wooden sailing boats and sharing our passion, keeping seafaring skills and navigational techniques alive, in order to preserve and revive our maritime heritage. We enjoy going to sea as often as possible, with everyone.”
Boud'mer is an association loi 1901, which was set up in 2001 by a handful of sea-lovers with a few classic boats. With 300 members a year on average, the main thrust of their activities centres on sharing the use of the boats, facilitating access to the sea for as many people as possible and raising awareness of Marseille's maritime heritage. In 2011, then again in 2016, three of the boats were awarded the BIP label (Heritage Interest Boats): La Marioune, La Beppina and L'Espadon, which belongs to the MuCEM. Boud'mer is also has less traditional boats at their disposal, 5 sailing boats including 2 modern yachts.
Activities & objectives
• Restoring classic boats (traditional fishing boats from the region called pointus & barquettes) with work carried out by the charity.
• Trips and on-board activities organised by members and volunteers (sea-fishing, sailing, open days with a guided tour of Le Peste, 1720)
• Organising outings and projects in Marseille for everyone in Marseille's natural harbour and beyond (individual members, charities and associations, groups and clubs). Boud'mer regularly participates in nautical and local environmental events (Nautical fete, September at sea, Clean Calanques, European heritage days, eco-citizen days cleaning up sites on the coastline « Frioulade »).
• Regularly welcoming young volunteers from overseas as well as young adults training with our partners in the public sector, facilitating awareness of jobs in maritime industries and encouraging people back to work.
• Giving members of the charity access to boats or boat-share schemes.
At La Friche since: 2017