Click&Boat: 'Airbnb of seas' acquires European competitor Nautal

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Click&Boat is a boat rental site for private individuals and professionals created in 2013 by two French Entrepreneurs; Edouard Gorioux and Jérémy Bismuth. 

In recent development, the UK boat hiring platform acquired its main competitor Nautal to grow its UK offering. The acquisition has added more than 360 boats in UK sites such as Galway, County Leitrim, Cheshire and Lancashire.

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Click&Boat’s Founder, Jeremy Bismuth explained: “Click&Boat and Nautal share many values and commonalities. With the acquisition of Nautal, Click&Boat opens a new chapter in its development and allows the business to reach a critical size to promote optimal quality of service. We are shaping the yachting of tomorrow together, making it accessible to as many people as possible.”

Intends to develop new products and services

This acquisition allows the Click&Boat group to become the benchmark nautical tourism company globally, with an additional 10,000 boats, notably in the UK, Netherlands, Spain, and Germany. Additionally, the company intends to develop new products and services for renters and owners. 

Community of one million users

Despite the coronavirus pandemic, Click&Boat continues to expand, and the company now has 150 employees and connects a community of one million users around the world.

As per the company claims, it has achieved more than 100% growth each year over the last five years and is set to accelerate its international expansion. Following recent acquisitions, the Click&Boat fleet has grown from 35,000 to 45,000 boats.

Boat rental time is up by 11%

Click&Boat is continuing to expand its consumer offer and has upped the number of skippered charters as a direct result of an increase in post lockdown bookings requesting manned rentals. 

In fact, the company saw an increase in bookings by 60% compared to the same period (June) last year. Notably, the average length of the summer 2020 boat rental time is also up by 11%.

Click&Boat’s UK Press &Marketing Manager, Jack Bowerman adds; “The Nautal acquisition is really exciting for our UK market, as it dramatically increases the number of boats in the UK that will benefit from the Click&Boat group’s ever-growing resources. Holiday makers in the UK booking boats through Nautal will now benefit from Click&Boat’s additional resource – from customer care to the experience that comes with being the world leader in boat rentals.”

How Click&Boat was born?

The idea is simple – millions of boats remain idle at ports around the world, incurring maintenance costs for their owners. The platform matches boat owners who want to earn extra income with sailing enthusiasts who can rent a boat at surprisingly low costs. 

The company operates in major boating destinations such as France, Spain, Italy, Greece, and Croatia, as well as the UK.

Main image credits: Click&Boat

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