Your canal boat

Easy self-drive, sturdy and zero emission canal boat hire

Our boats are designed and build to be operated by yourself. That’s great fun and really easy. You don’t need any license or experience for that.
The boats are sturdy, reliable and easy to control. Together with their compact size, limited speed and zero-emission electric engine that makes them ideal for exploring the Amsterdam canals and the Amstel river.
Of course you will receive a personal instruction before you leave from our jetty. In a couple of minutes we’ll show and explain everything you need to know for a safe and enjoyable Amsterdam canal tour.

Easy self-drive, sturdy and zero emission canal boat hire

Our boats are designed and build to be operated by yourself. That’s great fun and really easy. You don’t need any license or experience for that.

The boats are sturdy, reliable and easy to control. Together with their compact size, limited speed and zero-emission electric engine that makes them ideal for exploring the Amsterdam canals and the Amstel river.

Rent a canal boat Amsterdam

Our rental boats come in two versions: completely open and partially covered

All of our boats are the same when it comes to size, speed and maximum capacity (6 people). However, they come in two different versions: completely open boats, and partially covered boats (with a solar panel canopy).

When making your online reservation you can check the availability of both boat types. If both are available, the choice is up to you. There is no difference in price.

Completely open canal boat

  • best choice for sunbathers
  • easier entry and exit
  • unobstructed view 

Partially covered canal boat

  • provides some shade from the sun
  • provides some shelter from the rain
  • even more eco-friendly (solar panel canopy)

Enough space for 6 people

You can hire our boats for a maximum of six people. That’s the maximum for our license and our insurance.
The size of your canal boat is appr. 5.00 x 1.70 m. (16,4 x 5,6 ft., about the same outside dimensions as a Range Rover. Even with six people on board of your boat there’s still space left for some hand luggage, food and drinks and your favourite pet.
Does your group have more than six people? Then you need to rent an additional boat. Or leave your mother-in-law at home.

Electric boat hire Amsterdam 6 people

Electric boating: peaceful, relaxing and good for the environment

Above all, we believe that hiring a canal boat should be a relaxing experience. That’s why our boats are easy to handle. The electric propulsion of our boats is zero-emission. It’s silent and low on vibrations. So you can really relax and have a good conversation on board.

The large batteries inside your boat are charged with renewable solar energy. They always provide enough autonomy for your trip.

Zero emission boat hire Amsterdam canals

Foam seats and life jackets included

Free foam seats are included with your canal boat rental. They provide some comfort and isolate from the cold or the heat of the metal benches, depending on the weather.

Life jackets are also included. We have these in three sizes: toddler, ‘Mini-Me’ and adult. Please let us know in advance if you need small size jackets for your miniature crew.

Life jacket kids Amsterdam boat rental

What if your preferred boat type is already fully booked?

We are the only Amsterdam canal boat rental with self-drive boats that are partly covered. So if that boat type is not available at the time of your liking, your only alternative is choosing another time slot.

In case you prefer a completely open boat and all open boats are already booked, you might want to try our colleagues of Boats4rent Boat Hire at the Westerpark (in the western city center). They have the same type of open boats and about the same service and rates.

Boats4rent Amsterdam canal boat hire

Looking to hire a different type of private boat? 

We don’t rent any large boats, luxurious boats or boats with a skipper. But of course we know where to get those. For that category of rental boats we recommend E-Boats and Sloepvrienden for the best deals.

For a comprehensive overview of just about all sorts of Amsterdam boat tours it’s a good idea to check the Amsterdam Canal Tour Selector.

Large boat rental skipper