General regulations (boat licence) to rent boats in Europe

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Boats without motors:

No license is required.

However, most owners who will rent their boat bareboat require good sailing experience.

They may suggest a skipper or captain if your sailing experience is insufficient, or ask you to detail your sailing experience.

This is why it is important to carefully detail your Nautical CV when you register.

You do not need a license if the rental is "with captain".

You will know if the rental is "with captain" or "without captain" when reading the boat listing. 

Boats with a motor:

For motor boats, a boat license is generally required in Europe. Regulation varies from one country to another: 

  • In France, if the engine power is less than 6 hp, you can rent the boat without a license. Above 6 hp, a boat license is required (coastal or offshore). A boat license is not required to rent a sailing boat without a captain.
  • In Spain, a license is compulsory for a motorboat over 15m and with an engine power of more than 6 hp.
  • In Greece, a license is compulsory if the engine power is more than 30 hp.
  • In Croatia, a license is compulsory if the engine power is more than 6 hp.
  • In Italy, a license is compulsory for a motorboat over 24m and with an engine power of more than 40 hp.

On the listing, at the bottom of the page, you will find whether a license is required or not under the section "Conditions".

**Our advice: Contact the owner before confirming your reservation to make sure you have the right license for your booking request. This will avoid any misunderstanding! **

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