Rental boats with no skipper licence required

All of the self-drive boat rentals in this list are available for hire without any special skipper’s permit being required.

They can cruise on certain canals and rivers in France and other European waterways.

You can view detailed information about each boat on the Hotels Afloat web site

Self-drive Calypso by Le Boat A great choice for a large family.
Spacious forward seating area, and massive sundeck for taking in the view
8 guests
Self-drive Caprice by Le Boat Ideal for a small family.
The large sliding doors at the back allow you to dine inside while still enjoying great views of the waterway.
6 guests
Self-drive Cirrus A by Le Boat Perfect for couples on a budget
Comfy boat with inside & outside steering
4 guests
Self-drive Cirrus B by Le Boat For small families or couples on a budget
Inside & outside steering for easy cruising
4 guests
Self-drive Classique by Le Boat A roomy boat for 8
Great for 2 families holidaying together
8 guests
Self-drive Classique Star by Le Boat 10 guests
Self-drive Clipper by Le Boat With an ensuite cabin at either end, this boat offers maximum privacy for 2 couples
Very comfortable, stylish, spacious cruiser
6 guests
Self-drive Consul by Le Boat Recommended for young families
Dual steering for easy cruising; easy boarding via integral staircase
4 guests
Self-drive Continentale by Le Boat A popular boat for families, with lots of outside space 6 guests
Self-drive Corvette A by Le Boat Recommended for a young family or 2 couples on a budget
Well-presented and 2 steering positions for easy cruising
4 guests
Self-drive Corvette B by Le Boat Recommended for 2 couples or a young family on a budget
2 steering positions for easy cruising
4 guests
Self-drive Countess by Le Boat A mid-range boat, ideal for 2 couples
Cabins at either end of the boat offer good privacy
6 guests
Self-drive Crusader by Le Boat A comfortable, well-priced boat with three ensuite cabins 6 guests
Self-drive Elegance by Le Boat A good choice for 3 couples looking for a light, airy boat
Enjoy the views from the good-sized top sundeck &
easy access to the boat via the rear platform
8 guests
Self-drive Grand Classique by Le Boat One of the largest boats, with 5 cabins & 3 bathrooms! 12 guests
Self-drive Horizon by Le Boat A perfect boat for couples, or small families, who crave space – inside and out! 5 guests
Self-drive Magnifique by Le Boat All mod-cons aboard including a bow thruster, air-cooling system, DVD/TV and electric toilets… 10 guests
Self-drive Millau by Le Boat For a group of friends on a low budget
Enjoy a spacious top deck, 4 cabins & dual steering
Great value
8 guests
Self-drive Minuetto by Le Boat Exceptionally stylish for your Italian cruise!
A beautiful, high-standing boat
8 guests
Self-drive Mystique by Le Boat Very sleek & stylish air-conditioned boat
Enjoy alfresco dining and spacious, ensuite cabins
8 guests
Self-drive Nautilia by Le Boat The perfect choice for a large group on a tight budget
Easy cruising with inside & outside steering
10 guests
Self-drive Royal Classique by Le Boat Top choice for a group of friends
3 ensuite cabins and plenty of space inside and out
6 guests
Self-drive Royal Mystique by Le Boat First-class for comfort, privacy and space
Fully air-conditioned; BBQ hotplate & cool-box on top deck for alfresco dining
The perfect choice for two couples
6 guests
Self-drive Salsa by Le Boat A huge forward saloon and great top deck make this boat the ideal choice for large groups 10 guests
Self-drive Salsa 12P by Le Boat All aboard! This Salsa can sleep up to 12! Stylish, well equipped and great value 12 guests
Self-drive Sheba by Le Boat A popular choice with our younger families
A well-designed, safe boat for our younger guests
5 guests
Self-drive Tamaris by Le Boat A simple low-cost boat, ideal for beginners
Good choice for a young family
6 guests
Self-drive Tango by Le Boat Stylish, very comfortable boat for a family
A spacious saloon & galley make this a great choice
6 guests
Self-drive Vision 2 by Le Boat Top-rated for 4, all mods cons including full air-conditioning 6 guests
Self-drive Vision 3 by Le Boat This is the Vision 3 dream-boat cruise! Fully air-conditioned 10 guests
Self-drive Vision 3 SL by Le Boat Turn heads when cruising! Stylish and sleek, high quality cruiser 10 guests
Self-drive Vision 4 by Le Boat Be the envy of all you survey! Fantastic boat with all mod-cons including full air-conditioning 9 guests
Self-drive Vision 4 SL by Le Boat A stunning boat! Sleek, spacious and air-conditioned. Home from home… 9 guests
Self-drive Europa 400 by Locaboat Superior, stylish boat, ideal for 2 couples 4 guests
Self-drive Europa 600 by Locaboat Superbly spacious boat for 6… Plenty of space for sunbathing and fishing 6 guests
Self-drive Europa 700 by Locaboat Perfect to explore the German waterways 6 guests
Self-drive Linssen Grand Sturdy 34.9 by Locaboat A traditional yacht, spacious and light throughout 6 guests
Self-drive P1020 FB by Locaboat Traditional but well-equipped boat, perfect for small families 5 guests
Self-drive P1106 FB by Locaboat An affordable boat with dual steering! Perfect for a first cruise 7 guests
Self-drive P1107W by Locaboat A classic boat with inside steering, ideal for young families 7 guests
Self-drive P1120R by Locaboat The aft-deck terrace gives you so much space aboard this traditional boat 6 guests
Self-drive P1160 FB by Locaboat A good standard boat, ideal for a family 7 guests
Self-drive P1165 FB by Locaboat A winning combination: 2 double cabins and one cabin with bunks for the children, or luggage! 7 guests
Self-drive P1180 FB by Locaboat One of the our most popular traditional boats with 3 ensuite cabins 7 guests
Self-drive P1260R by Locaboat Lots of room for everyone on this lovely aft-deck boat 10 guests
Self-drive P1400 FB by Locaboat Loads of space aboard this Penichette including 3 double cabins and one bunk cabin 12 guests
Self-drive P1500 FB by Locaboat Fantastic traditional boat for 4 couples: 4 double ensuite cabins + huge top deck 12 guests
Self-drive P1500R by Locaboat An aft-deck model with plenty of space for up to 12; Excellent value 12 guests
Self-drive P935 by Locaboat Ideal for a first cruise with a young family, or for a couple 5 guests
Self-drive P935W by Locaboat A great price aboard this sweet boat for 2 5 guests
Self-drive N DUO by Nicols Great facilities and equipment; front and rear terrace! Lots of space for 2 to 4 4 guests
Self-drive N OCTO by Nicols Great boat for 2 couples with children; lot of space! 10 guests
Self-drive N PRIMO by Nicols Comfy, manageable boat for a first-time cruise for 2 4 guests
Self-drive N QUATTRO by Nicols A roomy, well-equipped boat for 4. Forward + rear decks; stylish living room 6 guests
Self-drive N QUATTRO S by Nicols You’ll love the Master cabin aboard this stylish boat 6 guests
Self-drive N SIXTO by Nicols Space for 8, but superb for 6! 8 guests
Self-drive N SIXTO PRESTIGE by Nicols With it’s spacious, private Master Suite, couples travelling with children will love this boat. 6 guests
Self-drive N1000 by Nicols Great value for families and friends alike; large rear terrace for outside dining 8 guests
Self-drive N1010 by Nicols Enjoy panoramic views from the living room, and alfreso dining on the rear terrace 8 guests
Self-drive N1100 by Nicols A top-rated boat, ideal for three couples; front and rear terraces for a peaceful cruise 9 guests
Self-drive N1150 by Nicols An ideal boat for a large family! Plenty of room for you and your bikes 10 guests
Self-drive N1160 by Nicols Flexible sleeping arrangements make this a great family boat 10 guests
Self-drive N1160N by Nicols Ideal for families… three double beds + 2 bunk-beds; Spacious top and rear decks 10 guests
Self-drive N1170 by Nicols Well-priced boat for up to 10; Lots of space, light airy boat 10 guests
Self-drive N1310 by Nicols The largest of the Nicols fleet, with 5 double beds! Great for friends or family reunions 12 guests
Self-drive N1350 by Nicols Swish, spacious and stylish!
A perfect choice for 4 couples
10 guests
Self-drive N1350VIP by Nicols Superbly fitted! Air-conditioned boat, ideal for 2 couples 6 guests
Self-drive N800 by Nicols A good choice for your first cruise as a couple, or for a young family 4 guests
Self-drive N900 by Nicols A very comfortable and well-equipped boat for two couples 7 guests
Self-drive N900 DP by Nicols Dual steering adds to the fun! Superb boat for 2 couples 7 guests
Self-drive America 38 by Pavillon Saone Explore Burgundy in style. 2 ensuite cabins, bimini with second steering post. Perfect cruising… 4 guests
Self-drive America 43 Excellence by Pavillon Saone 3 lovely cabins, a spacious saloon and great top-deck too. Central heating/air conditioning in the cabins 6 guests
Self-drive America 50 by Pavillon Saone Ideal boat for large families. 4 cabins + 4 bathrooms; bimini, space for bikes 8 guests
Self-drive America 50 Excellence by Pavillon Saone Great boat for families and friends. Space, space and more space! 8 guests
Self-drive Escapade Imperial by Pavillon Saone Superb, modern interior! Delightful boat for a couple or young family 4 guests
Self-drive Broom 35 Coupe by France Afloat A large double bed and all mod-cons makes this the perfect choice for couples 4 guests
Self-drive Euro Classic 129 by France Afloat An authentic barge with two ensuite cabins and a spacious top deck 4 guests
Self-drive Euro Classic 135 Grand Luxe by France Afloat Very spacious, ensuite cabins and great top deck 4 guests
Self-drive Euro Classic 139 by France Afloat Great accommodation for 3 couples! 6 guests
Self-drive Euro Classic 139 Grand Cru by France Afloat Two spacious cabins with centrally placed double beds! Perfect for a romantic holiday 4 guests
Self-drive Euro Classic 149 by France Afloat An exceptionally well-presented boat for 4 couples 8 guests
Self-drive Linssen 29.9 Aft cabin by France Afloat 6 guests
Self-drive Linssen 30.9 Aft Cabin by France Afloat 6 guests
Self-drive Linssen 32 Aft cabin Classic by France Afloat 6 guests
Self-drive Linssen 33.9 Aft cabin by France Afloat 6 guests
Self-drive Linssen 34.9 Aft cabin by France Afloat 6 guests
Self-drive Linssen 40.9 Aft cabin by France Afloat 6 guests
Self-drive BWS Cruiser 1150 by Saone Bateaux Very luxurious with lots of space. The perfect boat for 4 guests 8 guests
Self-drive BWS Cruiser 1250 by Saone Bateaux 3 cabins, 2 bathrooms and a vast living space: Luxurious cruising in southern Burgundy 8 guests
Self-drive Gruno 1000 by Saone Bateaux A fine family boat, 2 cabins, 2 bathrooms, and plenty of space 6 guests
Self-drive Melusine 920 by Saone Bateaux A swimming ladder & on-deck shower for family fun on the river 8 guests
Self-drive Espade 1230 Handy by France Passion Plaisance 6 guests
Self-drive Espade Concept Fly by France Passion Plaisance 9 guests
Self-drive Haines Rive 34 by France Passion Plaisance 6 guests
Self-drive Haines Rive 40 by France Passion Plaisance 8 guests
Self-drive Linssen Vlet 1030 by France Passion Plaisance 8 guests
Self-drive Linssen Yacht 36 by France Passion Plaisance 6 guests
Self-drive Nicols 1000 by France Passion Plaisance 8 guests
Self-drive Nicols 1100 by France Passion Plaisance 9 guests
Self-drive Nicols 1160 by France Passion Plaisance 10 guests
Self-drive Nicols 1170 by France Passion Plaisance 10 guests
Self-drive Nicols 1300 by France Passion Plaisance 12 guests
Self-drive Nicols 1310 by France Passion Plaisance 12 guests
Self-drive Nicols 900 by France Passion Plaisance 7 guests
Self-drive Penichette 1020FB by France Passion Plaisance 5 guests
Self-drive Penichette 1165FB by France Passion Plaisance 7 guests
Self-drive Penichette 1400FB by France Passion Plaisance 10 guests
Self-drive Tarpon 32 by France Passion Plaisance 8 guests
Self-drive Tarpon 37 Duo Prestige by France Passion Plaisance 6 guests
Self-drive Tarpon 37N by France Passion Plaisance 10 guests
Self-drive Tarpon 42 by France Passion Plaisance 12 guests
Self-drive Tarpon 42 A by France Passion Plaisance 12 guests
Self-drive Tarpon 42 N by France Passion Plaisance 12 guests
Self-drive Tarpon 42 Trio Prestige by France Passion Plaisance 8 guests
Self-drive Tarpon 49 Quattro Prestige by France Passion Plaisance 12 guests
Self-drive Tip Top by France Passion Plaisance 8 guests
Self-drive Triton 1050 by France Passion Plaisance 8 guests
Self-drive Triton 860 Fly by France Passion Plaisance 5 guests

The list contains the name of the boat, the rental company, a brief description and the maximum passenger capacity.

Contact us for specific information about any of the boats.