Borrow A Boat Ltd

Barley Cottage, CM1 4QR Chelmsford
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Telephone +44 7703 657886
Fax +44 1245 230704
info@borrowaboat.com

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boot 2019 hall map (Hall 13): stand D05

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Our range of products

Product categories

  • 04  Services
  • 04.05  Marine Tourism and Charter
  • 04.05.01  Sailingboat Charter
  • 04  Services
  • 04.05  Marine Tourism and Charter
  • 04.05.02  Motorboat Charter
  • 04  Services
  • 04.05  Marine Tourism and Charter
  • 04.05.03  Houseboat Charter
  • 04  Services
  • 04.05  Marine Tourism and Charter
  • 04.05.04  Boat and Yacht Charter, Inland
  • 04  Services
  • 04.05  Marine Tourism and Charter
  • 04.05.05  Boat and Yacht Charter, Off Shore / In Shore

Boat and Yacht Charter, Off Shore / In Shore

  • 04  Services
  • 04.05  Marine Tourism and Charter
  • 04.05.07  Boat Hire
  • 04  Services
  • 04.05  Marine Tourism and Charter
  • 04.05.08  Sailing Cruises / Traditional Sail Boats / Tall Ships

Sailing Cruises / Traditional Sail Boats / Tall Ships

  • 04  Services
  • 04.05  Marine Tourism and Charter
  • 04.05.09  Travel Organisers / Agents

Our products

Product category: Sailingboat Charter, Motorboat Charter, Houseboat Charter, Boat and Yacht Charter, Inland, Boat and Yacht Charter, Off Shore / In Shore, Boat Hire, Sailing Cruises / Traditional Sail Boats / Tall Ships, Travel Organisers / Agents

How It Works

Whether you are looking for short term day boat hire, or a fully fledged skippered sailing holiday, you can search our wide range of destinations, boat types and trip dates. Book instantly, pay securely and enjoy the trip of a lifetime!
Search and filter
Search by any combination of destination, boat type or trip dates. Filter your search results to find the perfect boat for your needs – fine tune the location, and then the boat by size / layout, age, choose your favourite manufacturer, and filter by specific equipment you want on board or optional extras such as a hostess, skipper, SUP board or kayak.  

Instant book
Boats listed as “online bookable” (this is also a search filter) can be booked instantly. Pay and secure your boat booking within seconds, or make a request to book directly to the boat owner. 

Message the boat owner
Message the boat owner if you have any specific questions or requests over timings, what’s included or anything else. You should receive a response through the messaging portal on your profile page and also by email.  

Secure payment
Payment protection is provided by SagePay and PayPal (you don’t need to have a PayPal account to pay by PayPal), and payment by credit card is possible on either.  If there are any serious issues with the boat or it is not as it should be, you will be be automatically refunded. We will also provide another boat option as near as we can and as quickly as we can.  We have 13,000+ to choose from so there’s a good chance we’ll be able to get you on another one fast in the unlikely event of an issue!  

Booking confirmation
Your booking confirmation will be sent by email, and you will receive information from the boat owner with regards to location of the boat, parking, provisioning, extras and other details. Message the boat owner directly if you have any further questions. 

Enjoy!
Finally, be sure to enjoy a safe and relaxing boating experience.  At the marina / boat pickup you pay for any extras and usually a security deposit (this can sometimes be requested a few days before in certain situations).  All boats are 100% safe, holding commercial charter insurance and an up-to-date coding certificate.  Please respect the sea, the environment and the boat you borrow. 

Don’t forget to review your experience to help others and help us build a strong community.  

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Product category: Sailingboat Charter, Motorboat Charter, Houseboat Charter, Boat and Yacht Charter, Inland, Boat and Yacht Charter, Off Shore / In Shore, Boat Hire, Sailing Cruises / Traditional Sail Boats / Tall Ships, Travel Organisers / Agents

Borrow a Boat In Antigua

Come and explore one of Antigua’s 365 beaches, one for everyday of the year! Perfect for sailing around in a week, Antigua is made for circumnavigating – you’ll find a cove or beach of interest literally around every corner- you’ll be spoilt for choice!

Sip a rum punch whilst at anchor in English Harbour, a beautifully restored Georgian port where Nelson spent two years of his life. Then head up to Shirley Heights for the legendary sunsets and steel bands to party the night away… can you spot Montserrat on the horizon?

Just check out our Antigua boat rental and hire options – you’ll be experiencing it all for yourself in no time.

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Product category: Sailingboat Charter, Motorboat Charter, Houseboat Charter, Boat and Yacht Charter, Inland, Boat and Yacht Charter, Off Shore / In Shore, Boat Hire, Sailing Cruises / Traditional Sail Boats / Tall Ships, Travel Organisers / Agents

Borrow a Boat In Croatia

Always dreamt of a luxurious sailing holiday in Croatia? Browse our selection of boats available for hire and charter across Croatia and enjoy the world’s most popular sailing destination.

Croatia’s long Adriatic coastline and 1000 islands make it an almost unparalleled sailing destination – and it’s now the world’s most popular sailing destination. With more sunshine than Provence or Corfu, it can be reached by the UK in as little as 2.5 hours. And you will be spoilt for choice – sail from Pula on the Northern Istrian coast (famed for it’s olive oil and truffles) or maybe choose Zadar or Split from the middle of the Dalmatian coast, Dubrovnik in the South or the Kornati islands. You will find a wealth of UNESCO world heritage site cities, ancient Roman ruins, a thriving café culture and party towns – something for everyone!

A comfortable Mediterranean breeze averaging 7-8knots makes for perfect sailing weather although this may climb to a force 4 or 5 and watch out for the “Bora”- a north easterly that can catch you by surprise if you don’t check your forecasts!

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About us

Company details

Borrow A Boat is the definitive marketplace for boat charter worldwide featuring peer-to-peer listings. Setup in 2016 by boat enthusiasts, it is currently listing over 13,000 boats in around 50 countries.

Our mission
Our mission is to open up boating and make it more accessible and easier to access for the masses. We are aiming to get more people involved with boating and sailing holidays by bringing more choice of boats and a greater variety of locations to the charter market. In addition, we believe in better value charters, straightforward booking and a hassle-free boating adventure. We simultaneously want to help boat owners reduce the cost of boat ownership, by giving them the platform to list and charter their boats.

For as long as anyone can remember boating has been perceived as the preserve of the wealthy. High upfront costs to buy boats are compounded by high running costs, which are typically 10% of the cost of a boat. And yet paradoxically, those fortunate enough to own a boat find that they hardly ever use them, with many boats rarely leaving their marinas. This is for a variety of reasons: primarily lack of time or upkeep and maintenance chores getting in the way of boating. All further cost and time burdens on boat owners.

In parallel, boat ownership is in decline, along with boat sales. Boat ownership peaked in the 1980s with the baby boomer generation buying the most boats, and it is this generation that still owns most boats today, with the average boat owner age rising.

the way of boating. All further cost and time burdens on boat owners.

In parallel, boat ownership is in decline, along with boat sales. Boat ownership peaked in the 1980s with the baby boomer generation buying the most boats, and it is this generation that still owns most boats today, with the average boat owner age rising.

 Embracing the sharing economy
But this does not mean that people don’t want to go boating! It’s more that the economics of ownership and disposable income, plus social trends away from owning things, have all conspired to create this effect. Experiences are the new ownership, with younger generations caring less and less about ownership. Products are more often becoming services in today’s fast moving web and app-driven world, and trends such as authenticity and activities with fast social-media friendly results are on the rise. Adventure tourism and new experiences are embraced by the youth of generations X and Y today, but ownership is in decline. We don’t tend to own our mobile phones these days, or our cars – so why would we want to own a boat?!

At the same time there is a rise in the sharing economy, pioneered by the likes of Airbnb, Uber, and others. Making assets pay can now be a perk of ownership as the general public has got used to peer-to-peer services. And what better way to improve the ownership experience of an expensive asset that you have little time to use than to allow it to pay for itself by letting it be used by others when you’re not using it? In a controlled, managed, safe way, all on your terms.

So Borrow A Boat is the go-to online marketplace that ties all of this together and solves several problems for several groups of people at once. We’re bringing the sharing economy to boating – we want to help boat owners get more from their ownership experience, and at the same time get more people out on the water and boating. More easily than it’s ever been before.

Improving accessibility and choice
We are building up our database of boats fast, and are seeking to have all kinds of boats, in as many locations as possible. Everything from a RIB or small day boat, to a holiday yacht, motor cruiser or luxury superyacht. We are bringing a mixture of privately owned, managed boats and charter boats, providing maximum choice for the consumer.

We are shaking up the world of charter, offering more types of boats in one place. Pirate ship anyone? Turkish gulet? Vintage cruiser? We are making boats available in more marinas and locations. To further improve accessibility, we have plans for an app coming later in the year which will enable you to search close to your location, click and book.

We are also bringing flexible booking, with short term bookings. Previously it hasn’t really been possible to take a yacht out for a 2-3 day trip whilst already away on holiday. But wouldn’t it be nice just to experience big boat sailing for a day or two?

No experience necessary
And no experience is necessary! Boating is not the preserve of the wealthy or qualified. Our boats are available with skippers on board if required. Book a boat and tick to add a skipper as an extra option. The skipper will serve you on your trip and can discuss route options and locations. But ultimately you decide where you want them to take you; just lie back and enjoy the ride. Or if you’re lucky, they’ll let you hold the tiller and try out the helming of a ship. You never know, it might just give you the bug to get a skipper’s licence and take one out on your own next time!

So what are you waiting for – get browsing around our site, pick your country, look for your dream boat and make it a reality!

If you’re a boat owner why not list, and receive up to 8 weeks charter revenue when you’re not using the boat? Plus, you can take your pick of other boats in any other part of the world that takes your fancy!

Wishing you all happy boating!

Matt Ovenden
CEO & Founder, Borrow A Boat Ltd

Find your dream boat on our site today, and start making your boating holiday dreams come true.

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