PRIVATE BOAT HIRE AMSTERDAM – 7 GOOD REASONS

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Why would you go for a private boat hire instead of joining a standard canal cruise on a large tourist boat? Here’s 7 good reasons to go for a private boat hire:

1. With a private boat hire it’s just you and the one(s) you like

1. On a private boat it’s just you & the one(s) you like

Do you like large crowds and sitting right next to people you don’t know? Then you should definitely book a standard canal tour on a large tourist boat. Otherwise, go for a private boat rental. There you can fully enjoy the company of the one(s) you like. Whether it be your partner, your family, your friends or your colleagues. And did we mention that hiring a private boat is also a great way to conquer the heart of your date?

2. You can rent a private boat for a couple of hours or even a full day

2. Rent a boat for as long as you want

One hour or an hour and a half might be a suitable time slot for a game of basketball or soccer, or a television show. But it is definitely too short to have a relaxed canal tour while enjoying the full beauty of the Amsterdam canals. Whereas all standard canal tours on large tourist boats last between one hour and an hour and a half, you can rent your own private boat for a longer period of time: three hours, four hours or even a full day.

3. You may drive yourself with our private boat hire

3. You may drive the boat yourself

Driving a boat yourself is great fun. In particular on such beautiful waterways as the Amsterdam canals. But the options for driving yourself are limited. Of course all large tourist boats are driven by professional skippers. And so are the large private rental boats. No way they will let you drive their valuable boats. The only rental boats you may drive yourself are small electric boats that we provide. How come? Because this type of boat is safe and easy to drive. Even if you have no boating experience and no license. The only things you need are our personal instruction before departure and some common sense.

4. With a private boat hire you can go your own way

4. You can go your own way with a private boat rental

Amsterdam has around 165 canals with a total length of roughly 75 kilometers. There is a lot of variety: in size, in looks, in age and in the amount of traffic. So there is a lot to explore and a lot to choose from. Here’s an overview of our favorite canals. With your own private boat it’s you who decides where to go. Do you fancy the more intimate and less frequently visited canals in the Jordaan area? Just go there! Or would you like to spend some more time admiring the houseboats on the Amstel river. Just do it, with your own private boat.

5. You may bring your own food and drinks on a private rental boat

5. On a private rental boat you may bring your own food and drinks

On our boats you are allowed to bring your own food and drinks. Whatever you like, with the exception of barbecues. The nearest supermarket is a superb ‘Albert Heijn’ on Cornelis Troostplein 11.

6. You decide where and when to have a break

6. You decide where and when to have a break

Do you want to stop for a nice coffee or an ice cream on your way? Do you need some more time to take that perfect picture? Too bad if you’re not in charge and your boat goes on. That’s different with a private boat hire. You decide where and when to stop on your way. Whether it’s only for a short toilet break or for lunch at a water front terrace. If that appeals to you, please check the water front terraces on the canal map that we provide with your rental.

7. In most cases our private boat hire is more economic than a large tourist boat

7. In most cases our private boat hire is more economic than a large tourist boat

Taking out your own rental boat is great value for money. Let’s do the math and compare renting a private boat with a standard tour on a large tourist boat. The average price for a standard canal tour on a large tourist boat is around euro 15,- per person for a one hour trip. The average price for renting your own private boat is euro 89,- for three hours (excl. 1,50 tour tax p.p.), equaling about euro 30,- per hour for the boat. Considering you may take up to six people on your boat, that’s great value for money. And needless to say: driving your own boat is much more fun than joining a standard tour on a large tourist boat.

Below the break: FAQs about a private boat hire

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1. Do I need a license for a private boat hire?

1. Do I need a license for a private boat hire?

No, a licence is not required for a private boat hire. Neither is experience. Our boats are easy to steer yourself and rather slow. Before you go out we’ll explain everything you need to know:
* we show you how to sail the boat and stay safe;
* we explain the most important rules on the canals;
* we advise you on the best boating routes through Amsterdam.

2. Is it difficult to sail the boat myself?

2. Is it difficult to sail the boat myself?

Not at all, our boats are really easy to sail. Before you set off, we show you how everything works. There is a simple throttle which controls the basic direction (forwards or backwards) and the speed. For steering, there is a rudder. It may take a few moments getting used to that, but then it’s a piece of cake. 

3. What does it cost to hire a private boat?

3. What does it cost to hire a private boat?

Boats4rent has the cheapest rates in Amsterdam. They start at just € 79 (excl. € 1.50 tourist tax per person) for a 3 hour boat hire.

4. Where can I go if I hire a private boat?

4. Where can I go if I hire a private boat?

You can take our boats almost anywhere in Amsterdam. We recommend the main canals (Prinsengracht, Keizersgracht, Herengracht, Singel) and the connecting canals in between (Brouwersgracht, Leliegracht, Leidsegracht, Reguliersgracht). The small canals in the Jordaan (Egelantiersgracht, Bloemgracht, Lauriergracht, Looiersgracht and Passeerdersgracht) are also very worthwhile. The Amstel river is also easy to navigate and very beautiful with our boats. You can also go further into the western, eastern or southern city center. The IJ (port area), Kostverlorenvaart and Nieuwe Herengracht are prohibited for safety reasons.

5. Where can I pick up and drop off the boat?

5. Where can I pick up and drop off the boat?

Your private Amsterdam canal tour starts and ends at our conveniently-located jetty right next to Westergasfabriek. Our location is easily accessible and a quick sail into the centre. Within 10 minutes you reach the Brouwersgracht, the most beautiful canal in Amsterdam.

6. How many people can the boat take?

6. How many people can the boat take?

Our boats are suitable for up to six people and that is also the maximum for our license and our insurance.
Even with six people on board everyone still has enough space. 

7. Do you have a different question?

7. Do you have a different question?

Please check out our extensive FAQ-page.