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from $292
Bavaria Cruiser 37 • 2014 11.3 m
Agde
22 reviews
Skipper optional • 11.3 m • 12 pers. • 2 cabins
Flexible Cancellation
from $244
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Capelli Tempest 700 • 2022 7.14 m
Lège-Cap-Ferret
14 reviews
Bareboat • 7.14 m • 12 pers. • 200 CV
Flexible Cancellation
-5%
from $380
PRO
Lomac Adrenalina 7.5 • 2018 7.85 m
Hyères
12 reviews
Bareboat • 7.85 m • 14 pers. • 300 CV
Flexible Cancellation
from $390
Bénéteau First 45 • 2013 14.07 m
La Grande-Motte
11 reviews
Skipper mandatory • 14.07 m • 12 pers. • 3 cabins
 
-40%
from $201
PRO
RM 1070 • 2018 10.7 m
Saint-Malo
9 reviews
Skipper optional • 10.7 m • 7 pers. • 2 cabins
Flexible Cancellation
from $244
Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 349 • 2014 10 m
Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat
55 reviews
Skipper mandatory • 10 m • 11 pers. • 3 cabins
Flexible Cancellation
from $170
Bénéteau Oceanis 35 • 2016 10.45 m
Les Sables-d'Olonne
27 reviews
Bareboat • 10.45 m • 6 pers. • 3 cabins
Flexible Cancellation
from $185
PRO
Pacific Craft 670 Open Trendy • 2020 6.7 m
Lège-Cap-Ferret
39 reviews
Bareboat • 6.7 m • 10 pers. • 175 CV
Flexible Cancellation
from $877
Lagoon 450 F • 2016 14 m
La Capte
12 reviews
Skipper mandatory • 14 m • 12 pers.
Flexible Cancellation
from $244
PRO
BSC 57 • 2021 6 m
Saint-Laurent-du-Var
1 reviews
Bareboat • 6 m • 8 pers. • 130 CV
 
from $205
Quicksilver 675 Open Activ • 2018 6.75 m
Saint-Cyprien
11 reviews
Skipper optional • 6.75 m • 8 pers. • 150 CV
Flexible Cancellation
from $194
Jeanneau Sun Legend 41 • 1989 12.5 m
Hendaye
23 reviews
Skipper mandatory • 12.5 m • 12 pers. • 3 cabins
 
-20%
from $634 $507
PRO
Bénéteau Flyer 9 • 2023 9 m
Propriano
136 reviews
Skipper optional • 9 m • 10 pers. • 500 CV
 
from $268
PRO
Bénéteau Oceanis 38.1 • 2022 11.8 m
Port Olona
1 reviews
Bareboat • 11.8 m • 8 pers. • 3 cabins
 
from $263
Salpa soleil 20 • 2022 6.4 m
Lège-Cap-Ferret
31 reviews
Skipper optional • 6.4 m • 9 pers. • 100 CV
Flexible Cancellation
-15%
from $273
Marsea CM 120 • 2019 6.8 m
Cap Ferret
61 reviews
Bareboat • 6.8 m • 14 pers. • 150 CV
Flexible Cancellation
from $223
PRO
Pogo Structures Pogo 10.50 • 2014 10.5 m
Vannes
7 reviews
Bareboat • 10.5 m • 8 pers. • 2 cabins
 
from $150
Jeanneau Sun Fast 32i • 2002 9.5 m
Marseille
11 reviews
Bareboat • 9.5 m • 8 pers. • 2 cabins
 
from $205
Pacific Craft 670 North Shore • 2013 6.7 m
Argelès-sur-Mer
19 reviews
Skipper optional • 6.7 m • 8 pers. • 150 CV
Flexible Cancellation
from $190
Quicksilver Activ 555 Cabin • 2017 5.55 m
Argelès-sur-Mer
66 reviews
Skipper optional • 5.55 m • 6 pers. • 115 CV
Flexible Cancellation
from $278
Jeanneau Cap Camarat 6.5 CC Serie 2 • 2016 6.6 m
Saint-Mandrier-sur-Mer
26 reviews
Captain optional • 6.6 m • 6 pers. • 150 CV
Flexible Cancellation
from $244
Nuova Jolly Prince 21 • 2019 7.3 m
Hyères
56 reviews
Captain optional • 7.3 m • 12 pers. • 225 CV
 
from $209
PRO
Jeanneau Sun Dance 36 • 1989 10.86 m
Hyères
12 reviews
Bareboat • 10.86 m • 6 pers. • 3 cabins
Flexible Cancellation
-5%
from $253
PRO
Lomac 600 IN • 2021 6.01 m
Hyères
7 reviews
Bareboat • 6.01 m • 7 pers. • 115 CV
Flexible Cancellation

Rent a boat with or without skipper in France

with SamBoat. Choose from a wide selection of sailboats, motorboats, RIBs, catamarans, yachts and canal boats. We offer a huge range of boats to hire from 50€/day. With the best offers, SamBoat helps you to find the ideal yacht charter in France for the perfect vacation.

 

Renting a boat in France 

 

In France, you will have an endless choice of destinations to sail from. From world-famous events to sailing competitions known globally, you will find exactly what you're looking for in a dream vacation. When it comes to sailing in France, you will have access to not only the coasts but the inland waters that are beautiful and charming. Charter a yacht in Marseille or rent a boat in Toulon, there is something for every sailor in France. Having more than 18,000km of coastline, France has the world’s largest maritime surface.

 

With the amount of sailors and its long standing traditions, France is known largely as a maritime nation. When travelling along the coast, you will notice the rich abundance of cities and towns along with a beautiful countryside that will surely provide a memorable experience. After you rent a boat, you can explore the vast array of inland waters that will provide a rich scenery and a diverse offering of regional cuisine and drink.

 

In France, you’ll quickly learn that each geographic region is unique and provides its own special personality. Aside from its gastronomical treasures and incredible wines, the landscape and coasts are what help to make this country a main destination for over 85 million tourists each year. Whether you choose to charter a catamaran in France and explore the coastline or rent a sailboat in France and enjoy the beautiful turquoise waters, the adventures in France are endless. 

 

Pricing and information about hiring a boat in France

 

One of the most attractive things to sailors about France is the variety of coasts and options that are available. For instance, chartering a boat in Corsica is one of the best choices, as it has beautiful coasts and crystal clear water. The sailing season in France is pretty standard starting in May and running into the end of October. For most regions, the prices are highest starting in June and ending in August to mid-September. When chartering a yacht, prices will be on average between 350€ to 450€ per day for catamarans and sailboats. When renting motor boats, the range will be much larger. It is best to define your project by activity and see what boat best suits your needs. The prices will be a bit different depending if you would like to go diving or if you would like to simply explore the coast. Smaller motorboats will start around 150€ for the day. 

 

Boat Availability 

 

If your goal is to charter a yacht for the high season, you'll have to book well in advance. For summer charters, more than half of the boat rental service is already booked by March. If you book after this month, the number of the fleet that is booked goes up to near 80%. We recommend beginning your search for charters in November to ensure you find a boat that best suits your project. For day boats, the availability will depend on the port. In major ports, you'll have to book well in advance (we recommend at least 2-3 months before). In some instances, you may be able to find a day boat closer to the date of departure depending on available inventory. 

 

Do you need a license to sail in France?

 

After you choose your destination, make sure you search for a boat that suits your exact needs. Choose a motorboat or sailboat, with or without skipper and make sure you fully explore the unique and beautiful country of France. In France, if you choose to rent a bareboat, the conditions will be different for motor boats and sailboats. When renting a sailboat, a license is not mandatory as long as you can provide a rich nautical CV detailing your previous experience. When renting a motorboat, a license is mandatory, unless you are renting a canal boat or with less than 6hp. 

 

Discover the Different Regions 

 

There is no need to introduce the Mediterranean. From the boat parties at Cannes Film Festival to the luxury yachts in Saint Tropez, the French Riviera as a yacht charter destination is famous worldwide and attracts not only the rich and famous, but everyone interested in beauty and sailing. Sailing yachts and motorboats are numerous on Samboat and we are sure you’ll find the boat you are looking for. Hire a boat in Arcachon and find out what the bay has to offer. If you want to stay close to the region, you can also rent a boat in la Rochelle and explore the loacated a little bit up north from Bordeaux. Right next to la Rochelle you're also able to charter a yacht in Saint Martin de Ré. It's a small town on a beautiful island just off the coast. Depending on where you want to go, France offers some of the best boating location. If you happen to be on the northern side of the country, don't miss out by renting a boat in Brittany.

 

Most people who come to France have Paris in mind. If you want to to be in Paris but also take part in an enjoyable boating experience, don't look elsewher, if you rent a boat in Paris you will see some great sceneries that look amazing from the Seine.

Biscay France (think of it as half of a croissant) is a great alternative for people who want to experience something different from the French Riviera yacht charter lifestyle. Compared to the “Côte d’Azur”, the biscay region has large sandy beaches. From Biarritz to Lorient, you will find lovely harbour for mooring your boat. Boat rentals are well adopted is this region and you will find plenty of boats available for hire. Whatever your sailing level, the biscay region is an amazing playground for boating.

 

Finally, the fluvial area in France is quite famous. Canal boat hire France are numerous and easy to find on Samboat. Canals and rivers cross the stunning beauty of France’s countryside and you can expect some mouth dropping scenery from the beginning of your canal boat holidays to the end. For example, rent in Canal du Midi as it is absolutely gorgeous and might be our favourite one. If you want to cruise along the shores of a beautiful lake, hire a boat in Annecy. The mesmerizing mountains make for a great view and there are plenty of spots to explore on the lake.

 

Be sure to check for boat itinerary inspiration on our blog if you don’t know which region of France to choose before renting a boat. Here are some other great destinations to hire a boat in France:

- Rent a boat in Cap d'Agde

- Hire a boat in Cassis

- Charter a yacht in La Ciotat

A 5-star service appreciated by users
Samboat is rated 4.87/5 •Based on 121986 reviews
Ri
Richard

Wow!! What a day…. Everything was exceptional! Nestor is such a nice guy, very friendly and accommodating… the sailing boat was in great condition, we all had an amazing day !!

Ca
Camille

Encore merci Serge, pour ta gentillesse, tes conseils et tes histoires ! bon vent à Marie-Charlotte, un bateau marin et magnifique !