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Gold Trusted Service Award
Awarded by Feefo, which independently collects reviews from our customers, the award recognizes businesses that consistently deliver a world-class customer experience.
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Boating expertise since 1969
With over 50 years of experience and expertise, we're passionate about providing unbeatable vacations on the water.
Boussole
18 amazing destinations
Our extensive network of bases across 9 countries means you can enjoy a return-trip or choose from a wide selection of one-way routes.
Bateau
World’s largest fleet
We have more river and canal boats available than any other operator, available to hire between April and October. Our wide range of boats sleeps between 2-12 people.
Bouée
No boat license required
That's right! You can rent and captain your own boat for a short break (3 nights minimum), a week or longer. We'll show you everything you need to know before you set off.
  • Gold Trusted Service Award
    Gold Trusted Service Award
    Awarded by Feefo, which independently collects reviews from our customers, the award recognizes businesses that consistently deliver a world-class customer experience.
  • badge rosette
    Boating expertise since 1969
    With over 50 years of experience and expertise, we're passionate about providing unbeatable vacations on the water.
  • Boussole
    18 amazing destinations
    Our extensive network of bases across 9 countries means you can enjoy a return-trip or choose from a wide selection of one-way routes.
  • Bateau
    World’s largest fleet
    We have more river and canal boats available than any other operator, available to hire between April and October. Our wide range of boats sleeps between 2-12 people.
  • Bouée
    No boat license required
    That's right! You can rent and captain your own boat for a short break (3 nights minimum), a week or longer. We'll show you everything you need to know before you set off.
  • Gold Trusted Service Award
    Gold Trusted Service Award
    Awarded by Feefo, which independently collects reviews from our customers, the award recognizes businesses that consistently deliver a world-class customer experience.
  • badge rosette
    Boating expertise since 1969
    With over 50 years of experience and expertise, we're passionate about providing unbeatable vacations on the water.
  • Boussole
    18 amazing destinations
    Our extensive network of bases across 9 countries means you can enjoy a return-trip or choose from a wide selection of one-way routes.
  • Bateau
    World’s largest fleet
    We have more river and canal boats available than any other operator, available to hire between April and October. Our wide range of boats sleeps between 2-12 people.
  • Bouée
    No boat license required
    That's right! You can rent and captain your own boat for a short break (3 nights minimum), a week or longer. We'll show you everything you need to know before you set off.

Eco-friendly cruises: Le Boat’s green transformation on the French Lot River

As global warming accelerates, we understand the growing importance of sustainable travel on our houseboat holidays. Recognizing that our boaters also share a keen interest in green living holiday and are actively searching for sustainable travel destinations, we’ve launched a green travel initiative at our Douelle base in the Lot, France, to offer sustainable boating experiences. Building on our established efforts for eco-friendly houseboat holidays , we’re improving and transforming our approach to cruising on the Lot with an eco-friendly pilot program.

Changes that meet our clients' expectations  

The Lot River, an exceptional natural destination, is seeing big changes at Douelle, aligning with our boaters' growing awareness of their cruises' impact on wildlife and vegetation. Choosing Le Boat becomes not just a choice but a civic gesture towards supporting sustainable values and philosophies, marking a significant step towards greener and more responsible cruising experiences.  

Lot river with boat

What changes have been made to the boats at the Douelle base? 

Le Boat unveils two key initiatives for greener travel, minimising our ecological footprint and promoting sustainability.  

 

1. Introduction of HVO (Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil) 

A major stride in sustainable boating: the switch to HVO, with 30 boats in the fleet making this eco-transition. This is a synthetic fuel derived from reused fats and vegetable waste that slashes CO2 emissions by up to 90% when compared to the standard diesel fuel. The full rollout for the 30 HVO boats in the Lot is a result of extensive testing on Le Boat’s fleet in Ireland in 2023. This renewable and sustainable energy source harmonizes perfectly with our fleet, embodying green living and ensuring an eco-friendly holiday. 

2. Reduction of single-use plastic through UV water filtration 

In an effort to further green travel and eco-tourism destinations, Le Boat has installed UV water filtration systems aboard its vessels. This technology surpasses the highest standards of purity and safety, enabling boaters to enjoy purified water without relying on commercially bought bottles. Rigorous checks during boat preparation ensure the system's flawless operation, significantly diminishing plastic usage and enforcing the principles of green tourism. 

 

And what about the rivers? 

Since water scarcity affects us all, Le Boat is committed to conserving clean water resources. In our 2024 Lot pilot program, we are installing a new water pump that will allow boats to be cleaned using river water. This enables us to manage resources responsibly without incurring additional costs. It has been enthusiastically received by boaters, particularly sensitive to drought and global warming issues. 

 

Sustainable boating for the future

We're excited about the launch of the pilot program on the Lot River and look forward to seeing its effects in the region before extending these measures across all our destinations in close collaboration with our local partners. 

These initiatives are a reflection of Le Boat's commitment to transforming boating holiday into sustainable travel destinations. By embracing these changes, travelers partake in a movement towards sustainable travel tips, contributing to the conservation of eco-tourism destinations like the Lot River. Each holiday on a boat with Le Boat becomes a testament to sustainable living, offering a canal boat holiday that is as responsible as it is memorable. 

Book your green getaway!

Book now to enjoy a green getaway aboard our HVO-powered fleet.