Rent a boat with or without a pilot to sail in Paris, it is possible on the Seine and the canals

In Paris, you can rent a boat with or without the captain to travel the Seine and the canals that cross the capital! (© Maud Guilbeault / news in paris)

Not everyone is lucky to have a boat to dock at Our canalq sa pair. Fortunately, if you want to explore the underground part of Saint-Martin Canal from the driving position of a zodiac, or serve an aperitif to your pontoon friends on a barge of Seineyou can always go to the Click & Boat platform.

More than 150 boats available for rental in Paris

Between Place République and Place de la Bastille, the Canal Saint-Martin runs underground!
Between Place République and Place de la Bastille, the Canal Saint-Martin goes underground! (© Maud Guilbeault / news in paris)

Created in 2013, the website connects individuals or professionals with a boat with boating enthusiasts who don’t. And in the capital, the success of this startup is based on Boulogne-Billancourt increased.

The concept was born from an observation shared by two co-creators: because a large part of the million boats in France are used only once ten days a year, it is great to provide an opportunity for the owners who want it to benefit others! A great way for the former to reduce their maintenance and insurance costs; and for the latter to treat themselves to a trip or a stay on the water, accompanied by a captain or not.

Accompanying the boat owner or a professional captain is often an opportunity to learn more about the areas you are crossing.
Accompanying the boat owner or a professional captain is often an opportunity to learn more about the areas you are crossing. (© Maud Guilbeault / news in paris)

The platform operates on the same principle as Airbnb. On the part of the renter, all you have to do is show the town where you are looking to rent a boat, select the dates, budget and model of the desired boat. From a simple motor or boat sailing to yachtthe choice is wide: 150 boats are available pair and in Ile-de-France.

Be careful, however, to choose a model that you are authorized to drive if the owner does not suggest the presence of a captain: a boat license is mandatory for a large portion of them, and owners should check that you own this navigation key.

Rediscover the canals of Paris, along the water.
Rediscover the canals of Paris, along the water. (© Maud Guilbeault / Paris news)

On the part of the owners, they are 55% professionals and 45% private individuals who rent their boat. In order to publish their ad, they need to create an account, select the model of their boat and complete the accompanying form. They also had to tell if a captain or they themselves would board the tenants, or if the boat would be left to them independently. For more information, just send them a private message directly through the platform.

A concept that works at full speed

In Paris, Click & Boat boat rental is on the rise. “We feel that people have arrived after long periods of imprisonment linked to the pandemic. Local tourism, which is also related to nautical activities, has jumped compared to last year”, assured Bastien Rambert, press relations officer at Click & Boat.

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And even if we imagine ourselves by the sea when we think of renting a boat, Paris will not fail: it will be the second most sought after town by French-speaking site users in the first six months of 2022 .time, rents in Île-de-France jumped 71% compared to last year.

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