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Renting a boat during the holidays: a luxury that has become affordable

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Why not rent a boat and take off for the holidays? A trendy activity that is increasingly affordable thanks to the rental between individuals offered by several online community platforms. “It’s 30% cheaper than a rental with a professional,” said Jérémy Bismuth, director of Click and Boat, a website that offers boat rentals for professionals as well as individuals.

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Motorboats or sailboats, small or large boats. These websites offer a plethora of offers and a wide variety of prices. “Departing from Marseille (Bouches-du-Rhône), you can spend half a day in the creeks for, on average, around fifty euros per person, gasoline and skipper included”, explains Jérémy Bismuth. Note that the boat license is compulsory for motor boats and sailboats if you intend to go on the high seas. Otherwise, you will have to call on a skipper for an additional hundred euros per day.

For a sea trip of several days on a converted sailboat, you can also be accompanied by a skipper./Click and Boat

For adventurers who wish to take to the sea for several days, the equipped sailboat is ideal. More difficult to maneuver than a motor boat, it requires more in-depth navigation knowledge. Per week, per person and on the basis of a boat for six, it takes 85 euros at the entry level and 330 euros on average, to which is added the amount of the deposit (even with a skipper), variable depending on the boat.

From single to double between low and high season

Those who do not have the license and do not wish to be accompanied by a pilot can also turn to the barge. “You can do the Canal du Midi like that. They are very large and rather slow boats so not at all dangerous, ”says the founder of Click and Boat. For a week’s rental, the first prices start at 790 euros. It is also possible to rent for a weekend (from 350 euros in August for 8 places).

For small budgets for whom these prices are still too high, the low season can be a solution. “In May and October, the prices are half the price of the high season, July and August”, explains Laurent Calando, co-founder and director of Samboat, an online platform which offers rental via professionals and individuals. You can also find more attractive prices outside the French Riviera, the number one destination for boat rentals. “Between the Atlantic coast and the Côte d’Azur, prices increase by 20 to 25%,” emphasizes Laurent Calando.

Renting a boat on these platforms is simple. Sur Click and Boat, reservation and payment (by card or bank transfer under certain conditions) is done directly on the website. The tenant is debited only when the reservation is validated. A deposit is set by the owner of the boat and a cancellation insurance supplement (the criteria for which are set by the owners) and repatriation is offered on the site.

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