Self Drive Hire Boating :: Size, Comfort and Budget
Naturally, you’ll want to choose the type of boat you hire – to suit you and your pocket.
Size – Capacity
The first thing to decide is how many lucky people to bring with you on this fabulous vacation.
Whether you are a couple or a group of 10 there’s a perfect hire boat for you. The maximum size sleeps 10 people in 5 double cabins, for whom there are usually 3 bathrooms. Sometimes the sofa also converts into a double bed. The larger boats will typically have cabins fore and aft with perhaps a bunk-bed cabin in the centre as well.There are of course different sizes of boat for smaller parties: a boat for two will typically have a forward cabin, a saloon and galley and a large sun deck at the rear. Four, six or eight berth boats are also available, in various configurations so you’ll be able to find one to suit you perfectly.
If you like, you can even hire a splash-pool (uniquely from Nicols) to tow behind your boat – perfect for older children or youngsters under supervision – and grown-ups too! The water is even heated from the engine. Make an Enquiry
Your choice – and price level – can also be determined by the four categories, or standards of fitting out. All boats, in whatever category, provide safety features such as non-slip floors, convenient handles and safety rails, a life-saving ring and life jackets.
These newer model boats have superior standards of comfort, space, décor and facilities onboard and feature latest technology for easy cruising. All boats have en-suite facilities with electric flush toilets, air-conditioning; CD/DVD players with MP3/USB connectivity and LCD screens. The latest models have microwaves and dish-washers, and bow-thrusters to aid manoeuvres. Beds in all cabins are made up on arrival and a 5-star welcome pack is provided.
Le Boat 5* and Horizon range – Nicols Grand Confort and Sixto Prestige C – Locaboat Linssens – France Afloat Euroclassic
These are good quality boats with high standards of onboard comfort and facilities. They include CD players with MP3/USB connectivity and a top deck sound system. Interior décor, soft furnishings, linen and equipment are all to a high standard and beds are made up on arrival.
Le Boat 4* – Nicols Estivale
Well-presented boats with good standards of onboard comfort, décor, soft furnishings, linen and utensils.
Le Boat 3* and 2* – Nicols Sedan
Straightforward, older model, boats with reasonable standards of onboard comfort and facilities and adequate provision of furniture, linen and utensils.
Le Boat 1* – Nicols Riviera