Here's how it works...

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For an initial outlay, you become the enviable owner of one of our top-of-the-range Horizon boats. Or we have a variety of other boat types from our charter fleet that are also available under the scheme.


 A monthly return on your boat

 We charter out your boat when you’re not using it and we give you 7% of the purchase price each year - paid monthly and regardless of charter activity.  


You enjoy an average of 8 weeks a year on your boat, or a sister boat, from a choice of 32 bases in 9 countries in Europe and Canada. Why not explore them all?


We insure your boat, maintain it, and look after it like one of our own – at no extra cost to you.

Buy-back option available on Horizon boats

After 7 years, you can sell the boat back to us for 51% of the purchase price! Or you can extend the contract and stay in the programme for longer or you can simply keep your boat!


Explore Europe…and Canada too!

Our owners take an average of 8 weeks holiday every year. And they can be taken on any boat in any of our 17 cruising regions across 9 countries.

What our current owners say...

Jacques S, Le Boat Owner

Jacques S.

Country: France

Boat: Horizon 1


"My handy skills are very limited, but with the Le Boat ownership programme you don’t have to worry about the handy work. It allows me to cruise without worrying about the maintenance of my boat."

Ute et Marc W. Le Boat Owner

Ute et Marc W.

Country: Germany

Boat: Horizon 2


"We appreciate the large choice of boats and destinations, the possibility to take a boat for a few days spontaneously if we feel like it, the excellent owner care which continuously offers new owner extras, and the wonderful feeling of owning a boat without having to worry about the drawbacks of ownership -A worry free package for boating enthusiasts."


Horizon fleet: Houseboats for sale through the ownership program

The Horizon fleet offers the best in comfortable, modern and easy cruising; there are no other houseboats like them on the European (and Canadian) waterways! They have been designed by us and built to exacting standards.

Key features include:

  • Roomy and comfortable saloon and kitchen with generous headroom and over-sized windows for uninterrupted views
  • Spacious cabins with USB ports
  • Spacious ‘fundeck’ with table, sink and BBQ hotplate
  • Sunbathing area(s)
  • Bow AND stern thruster for easier handling and wide walkways for easy access to all sides of the boat
  • Twin seat at the front
  • Large sliding glass doors to outside seating. Backrest flips so you can face either direction

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What customers are saying about Horizon..

Sune Frandsen says...

"The boat was easy to drive and the boat itself was even nicer than what we had hoped for! I would definitely recommend Le Boat!"



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Fred Robinson says...

"As an owner of a Horizon boat I was pleased that the boat met my expectations, being easy to handle and moor with plenty of living space both in the saloon and on the fly bridge."


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Horizon 1 and Horizon 1 PLUS

Horizon 1 Deckplan

The first Horizon model was launched to rave reviews and is available in many destinations. With one master en-suite cabin, and a smaller cabin for two additional people or just for storage, it’s the perfect boat for couples or families with small children.

  • Sleeps: 5 (2+3)
  • Cabins: 1 (+ 1 smaller cabin which is not en-suite)
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Size: 11.5m x 4.25m

 Horizon 1 available in all cruising regions.

Read more about the Horizon 1

Horizon 1 PLUS available in France (all regions except Charente, Lot and Camargue) and Canada.

Read more about the Horizon 1 PLUS

Horizon 2 and Horizon 2 PLUS

Horizon 2-S Deckplan

The Horizon 2 is similar to the Horizon 1 (2+3), but with two en-suite cabins. Although the master cabin is smaller, it is perfect for two couples looking for a bit more privacy or a family who would like two bathrooms.

  • Sleeps: 5 (4+1)
  • Cabins: 2
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Size: 11.5m x 4.2m

Horizon 2 available in France - all regions (except Aquitaine, Brittany & Charente), Italy, Holland, Ireland, England and Canada

Read more about the Horizon 2

Horizon 2 PLUS available in France (Brittany and Canal du Midi regions) and Canada.

Read more about the Horizon 2 PLUS

Horizon 3 and Horizon 3 PLUS

Horizon 3 Deckplan

The Horizon 3 offers three en-suite cabins, allowing larger groups to holiday together, with the privacy of their own bathrooms.

  • Sleeps: 7 (6+1)
  • Cabins: 3
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Size: 13.5m x 4.3m

Horizon 3 available in France - Burgundy Franche-Comté; Canal du midi, Brittany; Lot; Alsace; Germany; Ireland; England; Holland; Canada

Read more about the Horizon 3

Horizon 3 PLUS available in France (Alsace-Lorraine region) and Canada

Read more about the Horizon 3 PLUS

Horizon 4 and Horizon 4 PLUS

Horizon 4 Deckplan

The Horizon 4 is perfect for groups of friends and groups of couples with its four en-suite cabins. 

  • Sleeps: 9 (8+1)
  • Cabins: 4
  • Bathrooms: 4
  • Size: 13.5m x 4.35m

Horizon 4 available in France - all regions (except Aquitaine); Germany; England; Holland; Belgium; Ireland (cannot cruise on the Lough Allen); Canada

Read more about the Horizon 4

Horizon 4 PLUS available in France (Canal du Midi region) and Canada.

Read more about the Horizon 4 PLUS

Horizon 5 and Horizon 5 PLUS

Horizon 5 Deckplan

The Horizon 5 is the largest model of the Horizon range, perfect for larger groups with its 5 en-suite cabins

  • Sleeps: 12 (10+2)
  • Cabins: 5
  • Bathrooms: 5
  • Size: 14.74m x 4.35m

Available in France - all regions (except Brittany, Charente), Holland, Ireland, Germany and Rideau Canal, Canada

Read more about the Horizon 5

Horizon 5 PLUS available in France (Canal du Midi, Nivernais and Burgundy region) and Holland.

Read more about the Horizon 5 PLUS


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Built exclusively for Le Boat by Delphia

Delphia is world-renowned for its unsurpassed build quality, innovative designs and the comfort, durability and performance of its sailing yachts. Le Boat are delighted to work alongside this incredible team to design and build the Horizon range - the next generation of boats for the inland waterways!

Existing boats for sale through the ownership program

If you are not interested in an Horizon, why not have a look at other models of the Le boat fleet ? We have  a variety of other boat types already in fleet and available to buy under the program at a very affordable price.

2 cabins

Royal Mystique

3 & 4 cabins



Or, buy second-hand…

We also have a selection of second-hand boats available to buy outright. Most of these boats have been retired from the fleet and are available to buy and relocate to a waterway of your choice. Plus we have cruisers from individual owners across Europe.


Visit our brokerage site

Frequently asked questions

Our Ownership Program was created for boating lovers who want to cruise more. Not only it will allow you to enjoy several weeks of holiday every year (for 7 years) but it is also a much better value than frequent chartering.


If you want to, but most people choose to spread the cost with financing via a third-party finance provider.  We usually find that a minimum of 20% of the purchase price is required as financial contribution.

You will technically own a specific houseboat, in a specific cruising ground. You can choose the boat you want to buy in our list depending on availabilities and you may choose to cruise on your boat at any time throughout the season (subject to availability). However, by joining our program, you benefit from access to other boats in our fleet, across all of our destinations.  So you can visit a different Le Boat region every time you cruise.


For no extra cost, you can choose a boat that is the same or a similar boat model as your own, so long as it is within the same or a lower price range. If you wish to upgrade, you simply pay the difference between the charter price of your own boat and the upgraded model you wish to use.

Usage is determined through a points-based system. To ensure you get fair and generous access to your boat, or other boats in our fleet, you will be allocated 42 points each year. Everytime you book a vacation, via our dedicated owner reservations team, we will deduct points from your allocation. The amount varies depending on the time of year. For example, a boat in mid-season for a week is about 14 points. Peak season bookings use up more points, low season less. On top of this, we allocate an additional 42 points which you can redeem against last-minute bookings.


Please note: Boats in Canada require more points than other destinations. Owners can also access to our franchise base in Italy by paying a 25% contribution rate (of the charter price of the cruise). Current owners typically take an average of 8 weeks holiday on board every year, however up to 12 weeks are possible.

The programme lasts for 7 years (always finishing in October), and once the term has finished you have the choice : 

  • Keep the boat
  • Sell it back to us for a guaranteed, pre-determined price of 51% of the original purchase price
  • Sell your boat, with the help of our brokerage service
  • Extend your ownership contract 



Yes - you will get a monthly income of 7% p.a of the purchasing price of the boat whatever happens. This is contracted and guaranteed regardless of the charter activity. So you’ll be sure to have it every month even if the houseboat is not rented... and throughout the winter too. 
Financial strength

Le Boat are part of Travelopia, forerunners in the specialist travel sector who own a collection of over 50 independently operated brands. This makes us, by far, one of the most financially stable boat charter companies in the world. We offer unrivalled expertise, more boat models than any other company and a history that spans over 50 years. As a Le Boat owner, your investment is with a company with unrivalled financial strength. Your money is safe with us.