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A Guide to Renting a Boat

Amsterdam canal boat rentals with Mokumboot - Explore historic waterways and iconic architecture

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I recently rented a boat as a group since I had friends in town visiting Amsterdam. This wasn’t my first time renting a boat in Amsterdam, but after this experience, I felt that I had enough lay of the land to showcase different perspectives on how to truly rent a boat for the right price.

After living in Amsterdam for a couple of years now, getting on the water is one of my favorite things to do in Amsterdam. Many of the canal tours are great, of course, but with two families in two with little ones, avoiding crowds is essential.

My friends (wife, husband, and baby) and my family, myself, wife, and toddler, wanted a fun day in the sun. It was a beautiful sunny day, so we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to rent a boat and get out on the canals.

Choosing the Right Boat for Your Amsterdam Adventure

Amsterdam canal boat rentals with Mokumboot - Explore historic waterways and iconic architecture
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When we set out on our Amsterdam canal adventure, selecting the right vessel made all the difference. You see, Amsterdam’s intricate network of canals beckons with its charm and history, and the best way to immerse yourself in this experience is by gently gliding through its waters on a private boat.

The first consideration for our group, which included friends and their babies, my wife, and our toddler daughter, was safety and comfort. We found that electric boats are environmentally friendly and offer a smooth and quiet ride – essential for not startling the little ones. Renting a 100% electric boat meant we could converse easily without engine noise and enjoy the soothing sounds of the water.

Here’s a quick guide to help you choose:

Choosing the Right Boat for Your Amsterdam Adventure GraphicsChoosing the Right Boat for Your Amsterdam Adventure Graphics
  • Size Matters: Opt for a spacious enough boat to fit your party comfortably. For our group, a medium-sized sloop was perfect.
  • Features for Comfort: Look for luxury boats with cushioned seating and a canopy to protect from unexpected drizzles.
  • Skipper or Self-skippered: If you’re not experienced, choose a private boat with a skipper. It’s stress-free, and you’ll get insider commentary on the sights.
  • Fleet Quality: Select a reputable boat rental company in Amsterdam with a well-maintained fleet. This assures both safety and a pleasant experience.
  • Accessibility: Ensure the…

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