Your guide to boat rental on the French Riviera. It can be overwhelming when you decide to rent a boat overseas, so our team has outlined all you need to know to make the process more relaxing and enjoyable.

What you need to know to rent a boat on the French Riviera

Please note the details below are for boat rentals for a day charter. For information regarding luxury yacht charters click here.

To view boats for charter on the Cote d’Azur (French Riviera) click here

Sub headings:-

  • How do I select the best boat or yacht for me?
  • What is considered a ‘luxury boat rental’?
  • What is required when renting a boat for a day?
  • What budget is required for a day boat charter on the French Riviera?
  • Is it less expensive to rent a boat for a half day?
  • What is a bareboat charter?
  • Do I need a licence to rent a boat for a day on the French Riviera?
  • How many people can go on the day rental boat?
  • What are the start and finish times for a day boat rental?
  • Where can I find a boat to charter?
  • What are the extra costs in renting a boat for the day?
  • How long in advance do I need to book a day boat rental?
  • How do I reserve a boat?
  • Where are the best places to rent a boat for a day?
  • Other things to be aware of?

Our team has outlined all you need to know to make the process of boat rental on the Riviera more relaxing and enjoyable.

How do I select the best boat or yacht charter for me?

Save yourself time and effort, and speak with an expert. At 212 Yachts, once you let us know a few details, we can put a tailored selection of vessels together, specifically selected for you.

  • What dates would you like to do a boat rental or charter a yacht?
  • Where is your preferred port of departure?
  • Do you know where you would like to go?
  • How many guests?
  • Do you have a sense of the size of yacht you would like
  • How much do you wish to spend?
  • Any special requirements onboard?

Answer these questions and we will send you a proposal asap.

When I rent a boat what is considered a ‘luxury boat rental’?
A  luxury boat available for day rental will usually start from aprox 8.5 metres in size, and from aprox €2000 plus..

A luxury boat should have a toilet and cabin onboard as minimum. A luxury boat will usually be a well known luxury boat brand, for example a RIVA or VanDutch

What is required when renting a boat for a day?
Depending on the type of boat you wish to rent for a day, the answer to this question varies. In general you need to have a recognised boat licence to drive the boat yourself or you must hire a skipper. Hiring a skipper is the more common. Quotes may include the skipper cost within the price, and others will be ‘plus skipper’; as a general rule of thumb skippers cost an additional €250.

  • passport and credit card to be provided as security
  • payment in advance

What budget is required for a day boat charter on the French Riviera?
In order to have a  luxurious boat charter, with a cabin and toilet, more comfortable lounging space, a luxury boat model, the prices for renting a boat for a day tend to start at aprox €2500 per day.  212 Yachts specialises in luxury day boat and day yacht charters, and would be very happy to answer any of your questions / advise you accordingly to arrange a great day on a boat for you on the French Riviera.

Is it less expensive to rent a boat for a half day on the Riviera?
It is not neccesarily less expensive.. You would imagine that a half day rental would cost exactly half the price of a full day boat rental, however this is not the case. Normally a half day rental costs from 70 – 100% of the full day price and varies between boat charter operators.

What is a bareboat charter?
Bareboat charter is a boat rented without a skipper or crew. A bareboat charter means you will need to skipper and navigate the boat yourself. Depending on your experience a bareboat charter is a big responsibility – you are responsible for the safety of everyone on board. Depending on the locations of your bareboat charter you will need to show evidence of some type of certification and/or previous boating experience. In France the law states that you must hold a valid boat driving licence.

A large security deposit is compulsory when renting a boat bareboat incase of any damages.

At 212 Yachts we provide bareboat luxury chase boats and tenders for charter, to professional superyacht crew only.

How many people can be onboard when I rent a boat?

This depends on the size of the boat, the maximum number is normally 12.

Due to licencing laws there are a limited number of yachts which can take more than 12 people cruising to sea on the French Riviera. There are a handful of yachts and catamarans with this rare licence. If you would like to see these optinos please contact 212 Yachts.

Be sure to check maximum capacity with the boat rental operator, as often it is insured for a fixed number of people, but that does not necessarily mean it is suitable for that number of guests. For example, a boat may be advertised as ‘up to 12 people’, however in reality squeezing 12 fully grown adults onto a boat for a full day may not be the most suitable day boat charter, depending on the group.

212 Yachts offers a range of luxury day boats and yachts suitable for 10 – 12 people. Some of the most popular include:

day boat rental Cannes VanDutch 40, from €2700 per day

day yacht charter, REHAB, from €4000 per day

What times do a day boat rental start and finish?
The start and finish time of a day boat rental with 212 Yachts is normally  9.30am – 5.30 / 6 pm. Our goal is for you to have a great day out on the water on your boat or luxury yacht charter, so we are flexible. Depending on your needs and budget 212 Yachts can organise hours to suit you.

Where can I find a luxury boat or yacht to charter?

212 Yachts has access to over 300 boats to rent on the French Riviera. Our most popular ports of boat rental departure include; renting a boat in Antibes, boat rental from Saint Tropez, boat hire Villefranche sur Mer, boat charter Cannes and boat rental in Monaco. Contact 212 Yachts with your boat rental request.

What are the extra costs when I rent a boat for a day?
For motor boats (see 212 Yachts day boat rental), the main additional cost to the charter fee will be fuel. Petrol prices are unfortunately increasing, but the general rule of thumb is that it will cost about €1.20 per litre (depending on location and rates on the day) of fuel. So a boat that burns 40 litres per hour will generally cost €48 per hour to run, or approximately €150 per day.  The cost of fuel depends greatly on fuel costs; your itinerary, distance travelled, currents and weather will play a part in consuming fuel and vary. Other costs to consider on a day boat rental include possible berthing fees, which vary from port to port and seasonally. Normally on a day boat rental you can avoid these berth fees, unless you wish to moor somewhere during the day. Depending on the boat a skipper may not be included in the price, the cost of a skipper varies depending on the size of the boat, often between €160 – €300 per day yacht charter.

How long in advance do I need to book a day boat rental?
Those who leave it until the last minute in the height of summer are all too often disappointed. It may seem that there are thousands of boats on the French coastline, but the majority are privately owned, they are not all available to rent. In the high season of July and August luxury boats can be booked upto a full month in advance. Locals especially know to reserve in advance and weekends and public holidays can be booked months in advance. 212 Yachts advises you to reserve your preferred boat in advance, this way you get a better choice (to suit your groups size and boating experience) and better value.

How do I reserve a boat for charter?
Once you decide on your preferred boat and confirm it is available on your requested dates, ask to ‘reserve it’. You will be required to provide an identification card and complete a boat charter contract. For payment, either credit card details or a bank transfer will be required. Usually a deposit is required upfront in order to take the boat off the public market for you. Some boats, and especially larger yachts require full payment is made one month before charter start date.

Where are the best places to rent a luxury boat for a day on the Cote d’Azur?
This is a difficult question to answer, as much of the French Riviera coastline is great to visit, especially on a boat charter. If you are renting a boat for a day’s rental, the top places we believe to start your charter include the ports of Monaco, Villefranche sur Mer, Antibes, Golfe Juan, boat rental Cannes, Frejus or Saint Tropez.  From each of these ports your skipper can bring you to a number of different spots for snorkelling, cruising and great scenery. Other things to be aware of? If the boat you want to rent for a day is based in Antibes, for example, but you want it to pick you up and start the charter in Monaco and drop you back to Monaco, then you will have to pay the costs of fuel for the transfer.

 

More questions? Please do not hesitate to contact 212 Yachts

212 Yachts has boats all along the French Riviera. The head quarters are based in Cannes. 212 Yachts is a recognised professional yacht charter broker firm, offering caribbean yacht charter and luxury yacht charter around the world.

Jenny Caird

Written by Jenny Caird

Dublin born Jenny Caird is the founder of 212 Yachts, applying her passion for customer service to create an ambitious and innovative brand. Over 7 years of experience in the yacht charter industry have made her an expert in her field. Whatever your query is, Jenny offers the perfect solution with a smile. With her motivation and dedication, Jenny and her team add the extra degree in yachting.


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