First time on a houseboat / 10 reasons to houseboat with us
For more than 15 years we have been arranging houseboat rentals throughout Europe and Canada. We have thousands of satisfied customers and many of our clients sail with us repeatedly. Yet we're always looking to improve our offer and service — finding new destinations, charter companies, boats and services — everything to make your cruise an even better experience.
We have been renting houseboats for more than 15 years. During this time we have experienced countless situations, including emergencies, which have taught us how to sort out everything as quickly and effectively as possible. We charter hundreds of boats a year from dozens of charter companies, but we only choose the best and those that have been tried and tested — you can be sure that you can rely on our houseboats.
2. The largest selection of houseboats
We offer the largest selection of houseboats across Europe. Our boats have capacities of 2–16 people, so there really is something for everyone. If you are looking for a boat for your family, check out our article on the 6 best houseboats for the family. Unlike other portals, for us a houseboat isn't just another type of boat, but we know that houseboat rental has its own specifics, different to yachts. As a result, the process for choosing one is seamless.
3. We offer deposit insurance with liability and cancellation insurance
We are the only company to offer both liability and cancellation insurance. Both really do pay to take out — not only financially by getting your money back in the event of problems or illness, but they save you a lot of worry and hassle. With deposit insurance behind you, you can simply concentrate on your cruise and having new experiences, without having to be concerned about scraping the houseboat or accidentally breaking the equipment. With us, you get a complete service all in one place.
4. We know the best destinations
Only with us can you find the widest range of cruising destinations in Europe and Canada. Among the most popular regions are the various regions of France, especially the Canal du Midi, Holland, Germany and Italy.
You don't have to go houseboating only during the summer. There are numerous locations to cruise in Europe and elsewhere, that are suitable for relaxing at different times of the year. Spring and autumn cruises are typically less expensive.
5. We will advise you on the route
A houseboat holiday is perfect for cycling, sightseeing or tasting wines and local specialities. We know all our destinations well and routinely help our clients with their cruise route. It all depends on what you prefer or your level of experience. For beginners or less experienced skippers, we recommend easy itineraries with few locks. If you're a beginner, try one of these 5 amazing beginner routes — you'll have a relaxed boating experience and learn all the basic skills and manoeuvres. Of course, every boat takeover includes detailed instructions on how to operate the boat.
6. Advice on choosing a boat
With such a wide range of houseboats available, we admit the less decisive among you will probably have a little trouble choosing your final boat, But don't worry! We'll be happy to help you choose the most suitable boat for you and your crew. Just think about where, when and for how long you want to sail, or how many people you want to take along. And our sales team will recommend the best boat for you.
7. Great relationships with charter companies
Our range of houseboats includes boats from the largest and most prestigious charter companies such as LeBoat, FPP, Nicols and others. We carefully select our partners, making sure that their boats and services are of a high quality and reliable so that we can guarantee the best service to our customers.
8. Customer service
During your holiday, our customer service line is available every day, including weekends, for consultation and to report any unforeseen circumstances, such as delays on the way, late arrival, damage to the boat, lost or forgotten items on board, etc. Compared to booking directly with the operator, you get a partner you can deal with regarding any inconveniences or unexpected situations, in your own language. Thanks to our personal relationships with our partners, we can successfully resolve any disagreements or uncertainties on an individual basis for you.
9. In addition to houseboats, offer other boats
As specialists in boating holidays, we are not limited to just houseboat holidays — we also offer a wide range of boat rentals at sea. We have thousands of sailboats and catamarans in our database in Croatia, Greece or Italy, and throughout the world. On request, we can even organise exotic holidays on luxury catamarans with a crew. If you do not have a skipper's license, you can choose one of our theoretical and practical courses, which we can also arrange for you and your group during your vacation.
10. We pamper our clients
Every client is unique and valuable to us, with their own individual needs and preferences. With us, all requests are dealt with on a friendly personal level. This is why we receive a large number of referrals and why specialist tour operators book boats for trips via us. Try our services for yourself. We look forward to hearing from you.