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

Choose your Size – Directory of hire boats sorted by Capacity then Category

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.

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Nicols Splash Pool

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

Comfort Category

Choose your Category/Price Level – Directory of hire boats sorted by Category then Capacity

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.

nicols estivale hire boat saloonLuxury

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

leboat clipper hire boat saloonFirst Class

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 

nicols riviera hire boat saloonComfort

Well-presented boats with good standards of onboard comfort, décor, soft furnishings, linen and utensils.
Le Boat 3* and 2* – Nicols Sedan

leboat sheba hire boat saloonEconomy

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