how boat rental has seen its clientele diversify

Baptiste Morin, edited by Gauthier Delomez

The Boat Show opens this Saturday at the Porte de Versailles Exhibition Center in Paris. This is the meeting place for lovers of navigation, and for those interested in renting a boat for the holidays. Europe 1 met the founder of a company which saw its clientele diversify after the health crisis.

Don’t think it’s overpriced. More and more French people are seduced by boat rental for their holidays, as the Boat Show opens this Saturday at the Porte de Versailles Exhibition Center in Paris. For example, Dream Yacht, the world’s number one monohull and catamaran charter company, offers a catalog of 850 ships. Some are accessible from 1,500 euros per week for four people.

The crucial issue of electrification

The company has also seen its clientele diversify greatly after the health crisis. “I’m not going to say that the Covid was a good thing for us, we almost died”, relates Loïc Bonnet, the founder of Dream Yacht at the microphone of Europe 1. “But in the long term, it’s positive because historically, we had mainly customers who sailed. Since the Covid, the rental offer with a skipper for people who do not know how to use a boat has more than doubled, “explains he.

This group should record a turnover of 220 million euros in 2022, i.e. 50 million more than in 2019, the pre-Covid reference year. However, electrification remains the challenge for the next few years. This major project is unavoidable. Dream Yacht is also awaiting its first electric catamaran.