One of the major providers of self-drive hire-boat holidays, Locaboat (pron. ‘loc-a-boat’) now operates in 6 countries, covering 24 different regions across Europe.
Based in Joigny on the River Yonne in central France, starting in 1977 the company began developing, manufacturing and supplying boats specifically designed for river and canal cruises. The resulting barge-style design, the Penichette®, is ever-popular and has become a much loved classic, its superb manoeuvrability making it ideal for the novice. There are now three styles to choose from – the Classique Penichette, the walk-through Aft Deck and the raised Flying Bridge – so that every taste is catered for.
Locaboat gradually became the leader in the sector, constantly innovating in technical, commercial and tourism fields. The acknowledged quality of its boats and staff, together with its passion for the geography and cultural heritage of the regions, are the bedrock of the company’s success. The company has continued to grow, regularly introducing new models and routes.
In some regions Locaboat also now offers the Europa, a superbly designed boat of a modern style, and the Linssen, a high quality steel motor yacht at the luxury end.
All told, Locaboat currently has 380 high quality boats and small barges to choose from, offering you 200 different cruises on the waterways of Europe.