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This airbnb for boats will make you sail around the world

French-based Samboat is expanding globally. Leading in its industry, Samboat makes peer-to-peer boat rental a reality by allowing people who couldn’t previously afford leisure boating to experience it.
This airbnb for boats will make you sail around the world 2018-03-06 17:28:36

It all started when Laurent Calando, Samboat’s co-founder, realized that his boat was expensive to maintain and he only used it two weeks a year. In 2014, he was on the verge of selling, when he noticed that he was not the only person with an expensive and little-used boat. On average, a boat is used 10 days per year, and costs about 10% of its original price - annually!

Laurent then met Nicolas Cargou, SamBoat’s other co-founder, who introduced him to the sharing economy world and the business benefits of peer-to- peer economies. Laurent was excited at the prospect of renting out his boat to cover his maintenance expenses, and bringing more affordability to people looking to rent boats.

In April 2014, Samboat was born.


SamBoat puts private boat owners and potential renters in touch in an easy, friendly, and safe manner. Similar to how Airbnb connects people with apartments, boat owners list their boat for free on the website. Owners can pick when and to whom they want to rent their boat, according to the applicant’s pro le, request, and comments.

Using Samboat, sailors have access to a vast offering of boats everywhere in the world, for rates on average 30% cheaper than the traditional market. Booking is just a few clicks away.

SamBoat is a trusted third-party. It offers tight control over every booking; handling payments and deposits through a bank secured trustee account; and nally collecting reviews about the owners, renters, and boats.

This win-win situation started by quickly seducing many French boat enthusiasts, and then rapidly expanded to its European neighbors : Italy, Spain, greece ... and it’s now going global!


August 2017 brought to our attention an incredible fact: Samboat is now 1rst in the world for boat rentals between private individuals!

When Boatsetter took over BoatBound, their figures were released and showed that they had collected a catalogue of 5,000 available boats since their inception, and registered $25 million in rental requests. Contrasting these numbers with those of SamBoat, Laurent Calando the co-founder and CEO of Samboat stated that « We offer more than 20,000 boats and 34 million euros in booking requests. »

Since its creation in 2014 in Bordeaux, France, the company has recorded spectacular growth:

« Today, we make more rentals and sales in one day than were made in a whole year 3 years ago »says Laurent Calando.

To face this growth, Samboat just released a new version of their platform and is growing its international team.


Founded in 2014 by Laurent Calando and Nicolas Cargou, the French start-up is today a major world player in its sector by offering to rent more than 20,000 motorboats and sailboats, private individuals and professionals, all over the world. Starting from € 50 per day and the possibility of renting with skipper, the company participates in making boating more accessible. SamBoat has raised 2 million euros since its launch.

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