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In general this will be at the discretion of the boat owner, although some European countries do require an ICC certificate (equivalent to RYA Day Skipper) for boats over a certain size. An RYA Day Skipper certificate is usually a safe bet for most boats; or submit a sailing CV if you’ve done a lot of boating but never taken this out. Smaller boats will need less experience, but boat owners will usually like to know that you’ve at least handled a boat before.

If in doubt ask the boat owner, and there’s always the option of booking a skipper for the trip. This has its own benefits and will allow you to kick back with your family and friends; relax into the sail whilst someone else gets you from A to B. Hosts are also available for meal provisioning, and full crews for larger boats. See the optional extras on each individual boat listing for what’s available.

We say that 6-8 weeks a year is as much as is realistic to expect on average. There’s more chance of getting to nearer the top end of this with favourable reviews on the site and positive customer feedback. Just choose the dates you want to use your boat for, then leave it to us to fill it on the other weeks.

Generally we advise that it will not be possible to make any significant profit, but chartering your boat out will likely cover annual running costs of the boat, including mooring fees, insurance and maintenance costs.

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Browse our selection of riverboats for hire, from narrowboats and canal boats to larger river cruisers and even the odd houseboat. Ideal for those looking to explore more urban areas by water.

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We have found 42 boats matching your search

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£226 / day

Tarpon 37 Duo Prestige

Fürstenberg an der Havel, Germany, Mecklenburg Lake District / Brandenburg, Internal WatersBuilt in 2005
  • 2
  • 4
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£193 / day

Nomadream 900F

Werder Havel, Germany, Havelland - Berlin, Internal WatersBuilt in 2017
  • 2
  • 4
  • 1
£211 / day

Renal 40

Jachthaven Strijensas, NetherlandsBuilt in 2002
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  • 6
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£199 / day

Burgundy 1200

Midi, FranceBuilt in 1997
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  • 5
  • 2
£298 / day

Euroclassic 139 Grand Cru

Midi, FranceBuilt in 2017
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  • 4
  • 2
£311 / day

Euroclassic 139

Tonnerre, FranceBuilt in 2004
  • 3
  • 8
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£189 / day

Viking 1000

Prague, Czech Republic, Czech Republic (Elbe and Vltava), Internal WatersBuilt in 2000
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  • 4
  • 1
£590 / day

Gallaxy 12

Werder Havel, Germany, Havelland - Berlin, Internal WatersBuilt in 2018
  • 4
  • 8
  • 2
Price on request

KIN40

Amsterdam, NetherlandsBuilt in 2015
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  • 1
£273 / day

Euroclassic 135 Grand Luxe

Tonnerre, FranceBuilt in 2006
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  • 5
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£174 / day

Viking 1000

Midi, FranceBuilt in 1999
  • 2
  • 5
  • 2
£296 / day

1070FB (2Cab)

Dubrovnik, Croatia, Adriatic / South, MediterraneanBuilt in 2009
  • 3
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  • 2
£211 / day

Renal 40

Jachthaven Strijensas, NetherlandsBuilt in 2000
  • 3
  • 8
  • 2
Price on request

G-Star

Amsterdam, NetherlandsBuilt in 1935
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£385 / day

Euroclassic 149

Midi, FranceBuilt in 2008
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