Touring on a licence-free electric boat
Whether for a tour of a couple of hours or a whole day, an electric boat is an ideal craft for exploring independently and learning about riverboating on the Rivers of Western France.
A silent boat that's easy to manoeuvre
Since they are easier to pilot than a cabin cruiser, a licence-free electric boat is a great alternative for learning to navigate rivers by boat. Depending on the capacity of the craft, electric boats can easily fit four or five passengers, sometimes even more.
Escape for a tour or an excursion and make the most of your cruise. Pack a picknick and enjoy a meal on board! Whether it be the river Sarthe, Maine, or Mayenne, these small electric crafts, whose maximum speed is 6 km/h (3mph), are ideal for embarking on a new adventure with the whole family.
Ideas for getaways by electric boat
Pass under the arches of a bridge, see beautiful residences on the riverbank, approach ancient watermills, or make a stop-over at the island of Saint-Aubin: a sense of freedom is guaranteed during your getaway.
Enjoy a few rounds in the water, travel a little further along the river, or make it a bigger outing to explore your environs. Renting an electric boat is a fun occasion to be shared with family and friends.
Cruise on the river Mayenne on “Dandy”
Set off on the mini-boat “Dandy”, a single-seater miniature electric boat. Manufactured in Mayenne, these unusual and fun crafts are available at the marina in Château-Gontier. These little boats for adults have a good range and are a good compromise between a canoe-kayak and an electric boat.
Around the “Cité Plantagenêt”
Setting off from the port in Le Mans, enjoy a quiet moment on the river Sarthe! Bring your picknick on board an electric boat, which comes with a table, and enjoy a meal on the water.
On your two-hour long descent on the river, you will cross the lock at Planches and Râterie. Then make a U-turn and marvel at the old quarter of “Cité Plantagenêt”.
Getaway towards the island of Saint-Aubin
From the port of Angers, travel upriver on the Maine by electric boat to discover the island of Saint-Aubin. Surrounded by three rivers, this green haven has over 600 hectares of meadows. While there, quench your thirst in the bar at the port before a serene exploration of the island on foot.
Where to rent an electric boat on the Rivers of Western France?
You will find a large range of rental providers of electric boats in Anjou, Mayenne and Sarthe. Depending on the length of your tour, one or more lock-crossings may be necessary, in particular during cruises of a day or half-day in length.
A lock-crossing offers the opportunity to share a friendly chat with the lockkeeper. Where there is no lockkeeper present, two adults on board are necessary in order to be able to operate the lock yourself.
And how about using a tour on an electric boat as the first step towards setting off on a cabin cruiser?