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French Riviera Boat Rental Made Easy with SamBoat

Are you thinking of renting a boat on the French Riviera?

A friend who specializes in small group tours once told us the best way to see a country’s coastline is on a boat. They were right! The viewpoint from the water provides an often unexpected and relaxing perspective. Since then, we have rented boats, travelled on ferries, and chartered riverboats. So, when visiting the French Riviera, try renting a boat via SamBoat and enjoy the Mediterranean shoreline on a leisurely cruise.

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Easy Boat Rental

SamBoat is an online peer-to-peer platform that connects boat owners with potential renters in 76 countries. Owning a boat is an expensive passion, and navigating the rental market is not easy, so SamBoat is a name you should know when it comes to watercraft rentals and charters around the globe. Specifically, within France, you can find SamBoat destinations along the French Riviera and Côte Bleue, including Bandol, Beaulieu-sur-Mer, Cassis, Cannes, Hyères, Saint-Raphaël, Saint Tropez, Mandelieu-la-Napoule, Marseille, Villefranche, and many other ports around the country. Choose from 5,000+ boats in various model types on the French Riviera.

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SamBoat Backgrounder

The company founders, Laurent Calando and Nicolas Cargou, met while working in Paris; they discovered a shared passion for boating. At the time, Laurent was frustrated, as his boat was an idle expensive asset that he used roughly two weeks a year. Nicolas helped Laurent by identifying the market gap between eager renters and owners with underutilized watercraft who might benefit from a potential revenue stream to cover their costs. Instead of selling his boat, Laurent with Nicolas founded SamBoat in April 2014 with market-leading technology and a user-friendly platform.

SamBoat Website

The concept matches boat renters with owners in a location via an interactive website or smartphone App. Launching an entirely new business model was not without pitfalls. The first was convincing owners that renting their boats was a way to defray expenses. Not surprisingly, the insurance companies took a while to understand the assumptions behind the platform and develop a suitable policy. Today the company allows users to search from over 50,000 boats worldwide by destination.

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How Does SamBoat Work?

The SamBoat platform is state-of-the-art technology that is straightforward for both owners and potential renters. Whether on a desktop or via the user-friendly smartphone App, navigation filters include destination, type of watercraft (sailboat, catamaran, motorboat, rigid inflatable, yacht, or canal boat) and desired dates. As options, you can also select a bareboat craft or with a skipper or guide. The platform makes listing your boat effortless for owners, and listing your boat on SamBoat is free.

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Simplified Boating

Let’s face it boating is not always trouble-free, it can be pricey, and maritime rules vary by destination. The SamBoat founders created a global platform for boat rental with the idea of providing quality marine experiences for travellers at destinations around the world. SamBoat’s easy-to-use technology is fast, presenting renters with a wide range of choices in boats and destinations. In 2023, SamBoat has seen a 300% increase in customers booking their first boating experience, making marine experiences something everyone can enjoy, not just the jet setters.

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“The joy of being at sea SamBoat is inspiring distraction-free adventure for an entire new audience of sailors, opening up the sea for those who previously saw it as inaccessible or inconvenient.”

Quality Assurance

Leveraging the power of client reviews (100,000 authentic and unbiased customer reviews), you can expect to find exactly the boat you booked when you reserve via SamBoat. To list on SamBoat, owners must complete a thorough validation process for new listings, with dozens of quality checkpoints. SamBoat is a trusted third party between the renter and the boat owner. That means more satisfied sailors and a better overall experience for both parties.

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“SamBoat offers full transparency and reassurance that each sailor will have the best possible trip.”

In addition, SamBoat has a team of charter advisors who are boating enthusiasts. For those interested in booking multi-day charters, these dedicated specialists have been in the charter industry for at least ten (10) years. They are knowledgeable about specific destinations as well as the available boats. The SamBoat charter advisors make it their business to ensure you have an excellent holiday charter – typically seven (7) days on a catamaran or sailboat.

Endless boating opportunities await with a simple click to SamBoat’s unique rental platform. Enjoy!

Ready to Book? Here is the SamBoat website.

SamBoat Website

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Carolyne Kauser-Abbott

Carolyne Kauser-Abbott

With her camera and laptop close at hand, Carolyne has traded in her business suits for the world of freelance writing and blogging. Her first airplane ride at six months of age was her introduction to the exciting world of travel.

While in Provence, Carolyne can be found hiking with friends, riding the hills around the Alpilles or tackling Mont Ventoux. Her attachment to the region resonates in Perfectly Provence this digital magazine that she launched in 2014. This website is an opportunity to explore the best of the Mediterranean lifestyle (food & wine, places to stay, expat stories, books on the region, travel tips, real estate tips and more), through our contributors' articles.

Carolyne writes a food and travel blog Ginger and Nutmeg. Carolyne’s freelance articles can be found in Global Living Magazine, Avenue Magazine and City Palate (Published Travel Articles).

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