All those contemplating a boating ‘vacance’ in France this year can now find a comprehensive list of self-drive boats to hire, all in one place – organised and searchable by boat design, the number of persons it can sleep, category (for example, Luxury, First Class, Comfort, Economy) and by region.
French-waterways has divided the country into eight regions so that choices can easily be made according to routes and key places to visit.
Searching for a self-drive boat starts with the ‘BoatFinder Bar’ but the site’s great benefit is the wealth of peripheral information available alongside, offering more than any agency or general travel information site. Le Boat offers 35 boat designs, including some new ones launched for the 2012 season, and Nicols’ offers 21 different styles. The viewer can easily see what they’re like – external and internal pictures of each boat are supported by descriptive text about key features and an internal plan of the accommodation. Cruising routes are drawn region by region, showing the hire boat bases, the major towns, and all are usefully depicted with a gallery of selected photos.
Not only this, the site also includes information about what it’s really like to go hire boating – especially useful and reassuring for novices – under the heading of ‘All About Hire Boating – FAQ’s’. Essential details about what to do, how to do it, what you need and where to go are all linked within a few clicks, so it’s really easy to choose the best options for you and your family.
Visitors to the site (currently an average of over 2000 unique visitors each week) can contact Le Boat and Nicols directly by phone and contact form to book their chosen self-drive hire boat, route and region.
French-waterways.com will be adding further boat hire companies and their fleets in the very near future to become the most comprehensive and useful information resource available for boat hire holidays and vacations in France.
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French-waterways.com is an information website, containing hundreds of pages of data and information and more than 700 photographs about boating and cruising in France. Eight years in the making by boating and France enthusiast Nick Strong, it now reaches top ranking by Google worldwide.
LeBoat, the new name for the merged Crown Blue Line, Connoisseur and Emerald Star companies, has the largest hire boat fleet in France and is part of the Tui Travel Group. Nicols was founded in 1986 and is part of the Nadia Group.