Renting a boat in the Netherlands: read everything you need to know
The Netherlands is known for its many bicycles, but boating is another popular activity in the Netherlands. This is not strange as Holland consist for a large part of water, from lakes, canals, rivers and of course the UNESCO Cultural heritage the Wadden Sea. When you are (going) on holiday in the Netherlands, we highly recommend to charter a boat and explore Holland from the water.
Renting a boat is the best way to getting to know the country As boating is a way of life in the Netherlands, there is no better way to discover this beautiful country. When boating, the surroundings around you are slowly moving and you can enjoy the environment with the waving reeds, the windmills or the colourful tulip fields. When you charter a boat for your holiday in the Netherlands, you can explore it all while taking your own ‘holiday home’ with you.
It is easy to rent a boat in the Netherlands When you are over 18 years old, you can charter a boat for a weekend, midweek, a week, or even for your entire vacation. You do not need to have a boating license when the boat is not over 15m long and when the boat does not go faster then 20 km/h.
Do you have little or no experience with boating? That is no problem, at Natural Yachts you can book additionally the ‘boating refreshment 2 hours’ and the boating instructor will make sure you discover the Dutch waters safely and relaxed. In addition, we will send you information about the boat you charter from Natural Yachts beforehand, so you can already prepare for your boating holiday.
What type of boat can I rent in the Netherlands? The most comfortable way of boating is electric boating. As you can boat without the sound of the engine, without breathing in the exhaust fumes, and additionally there will be no fuel bill at the end of the charter period. Next to that electric boating is very easy, you can charge your boat in every harbour or municipality berth place in cities, with the normal shore power supply.
Natural Yachts offers electric boats for 2, 4 or 6 persons with which you can explore the Netherlands
Are you looking for a 2-4 person motorboat? The Nexus Revo 870 Electric is a spacious motorboat with 2 cabins, a bathroom cabin with shower and toilet, and a kitchen with fridge, coffee machine, and induction hob. Outside this comfortable motorboat offers multiple lounges to relax.
Would you like to experience electric boating in a luxury way? The Northman 1200 Electric can accommodate up to 6 persons as it features 3 cabins and 2 bathrooms below deck. The kitchen and living room are situated on the upper deck, therefore you can always enjoy wide views.
How much does renting a boat in the Netherlands cost? The cost of chartering a boat in Holland varies depending on the type of boat you choose as well as the period of time. In low-season, for example in March/April/September there will be lower prices to rent a boat. Please go to fleetoverview, to have a look at the prices and availability of the yachts from Natural Yachts.
Next to the charter price of the boat, please take into account additional costs for end cleaning, boating instruction, bedlinen, kitchen towels etc. Natural Yachts offers one package for all the additional costs, ‘the hotel service’. To make sure that you will start your holiday relaxed, the hotelservice entails made up beds, end cleaning, kitchen package, bathroom supplies and a technical instruction of the yachts in which we go for a small boating trip. The hotelservice for the Nexus Revo 870 Electric costs € 195,- and for the Northman 1200 Electric € 295,- For more information and to see what you can book additionally, please have a look at our extra options.
What do I need to know before renting a boat in the Netherlands? It is important to look for rental companies that are affiliated with the HISWA branch organisation. Charter companies who are recognised by the HISWA, all offer the same rental agreement conditions.
Next to that, to rent a boat, you have to pay a deposit for the insurance in case of damage. The deposit can vary in amount depending on the boat. The insurance deductibles are equal to the deposit that you pay on the yacht. At check-out the boat will be checked for damages, when nothing has happened, the charter company will return the deposit.
What to bring when renting a boat? Before you pack, it is good to check the inventory list provided by the charter company to see what is already on board and what you would like to bring yourselves. Of course, it is practical to bring some food for the first night or day and different types of clothes for all weather conditions.
Next to that, have a look if you have shoes with a white sole, shoes with a black sole will leave marks on the boat.
Please consider, it is practical to pack your belongings in foldable bags which you can store on board instead of a big suitcase. If you don't have foldable bags, you can also bring your stuff on board and put the suitcase back in the car.
Enjoy the beauty of the Dutch landscapes and rent a boat in the Netherlands Would you like to enjoy a boating holiday in the Netherlands? For more information about the charter yachts from Natural Yachts have a look at the Fleetoverview.
To get inspired, or to get an idea of a nice boating route in the Netherlands please have a look at: your relaxing getaway