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Rental prices and conditions

See the rental prices for all our Nicols boats, our rental conditions and important information you need to know before making your booking

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20 December - 03 January

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One week
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Monday to Friday, or Tuesday to Saturday
Weekend 2 days
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20 December - 03 January
04 January - 31 March
14 March - 17 April
18 April - 08 May
09 May - 03 July
04 July - 10 July
11 July - 21 August
22 August - 28 August
29 August - 25 September
26 September - 16 October
17 October - 14 November

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Weekend 2 days
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1 - RENTAL

The contract has a validity of ten days from the date of issue.

  • A booking will be deemed ‘firm’ when Nicols or one of its affiliates confirms the reservation to the hirer on receipt of the booking form and the agreed deposit.
  • PAYMENT OF BALANCE of the rental amount indicated on the deposit receipt will become due one month before the holiday start date, without reminder on the part of the rental operator.
  • DOCUMENTS : On receipt of the holiday balance, the rental operator will send the hirer the necessary documents for use of the boat. For all bookings made less than 30 days before the start date the holiday cost must be paid in full on booking. All bank charges will be payable by the hirer.

In application of the article L 121-20-4 of the Code of the Consumer, the hirer having reserved by telephone or via internet with NICOLS does not benefit from the law of retraction noted in the article L 121-20 of the same code.

2 - YOUR RESPONSABILITIES

  • The person responsible for hiring must be over 18 years of age and is responsible for the boat and all persons sailing with him. Navigating the boat is only possible for people over 16, in the presence and under the responsability of the adult designated on the «Carte de Plaisance» (yachting licence) as person having received the initial instruction.
  • The rental operator reserves the right to decline to hand over a boat to the chief crew member if he does not seem able to take up this responsibility, notwithstanding references, certificates or other showed titles. In this case, the rental operator can cancel the contract, without having to refund any previously paid amount.
  • The hirer is obliged to respect the rules of river navigation as laid down by the waterways authorities and by the rental operator.
  • Night navigation, towing, lending and subrental of the boat are forbidden.

3 - SECURITY DEPOSIT

The amount varies according to the boat hired. It is deposited at the holiday start, before boarding, (cash, cheque or Visa) and includes:

  • First portion corresponding to costs of cleaning should the boat not be returned perfectly clean. Amount of this cleaning deposit : 150 € or 200 € for boats of more than 13 m length (N1350, N1350 VIP, N1310, N1300, OCTO®, SIXTO®, SIXTO® Prestige).
  • The balance of the deposit (boat deposit) costs 1000 € - or 800€ for boat N800 & Primo®, and covers:
    • any loss, deterioration or destruction of the boat or its equipment attributable to the hirer and/or its passengers;
    • the cost of replacement of any missing or damaged pieces from the inventory drawn up contradictorily at the beginning of the rental period (see §5).
    • delays in the return of the boat (see §15) or costs due to abandoning the boat (see §14).
    • the cost of the fuel and miscellaneous consumables (see §6).

The hirer already accepts that the renter can collect on his bank account using the Bank conducted preauthorization or cashing of the cheque in respect of the deposit, the above-mentioned costs.

4 - INSURANCE

  • The insurance of the hire cruiser includes accidental damage to the boat, and to third parties caused by the boat.
  • This insurance does not include : Personal accident/injury to the persons on board, personal belongings, the hirers own civil responsibilities, loss of, or deterioration of material or equipment, or misuse of the boat by the hirer, or any accident or damage involving hired bicycles.
  • The hirer remains his own insurer up to the amount of security deposit : he is free to subscribe insurance with a company of his choice or through the boat owners insurance company one or several policies to cover such risks as :
    • The amount due to the hire company in case of cancellation (except the administration fee)
    • The repayment of half of the security deposit of the boat
    • Interruption of cruise
    • Corporal accidents to the Hirer or crewmembers
  • In every case, the insurance will not cover the civil responsibility of the hirer, or any damage or loss or other expense resulting from driving the boat when drunk, or under the influence of drugs, or by a failure to observe the rules stated in the Code de Navigation Fluviale.

5 - EQUIPMENT

The hirer undertakes to report any damage, theft or deterioration of equipment and many be required to replace them.

6 - CONSUMABLES

Extra costs for the hirer are diesel, oil, gas for cooking, and all necessary consumable for the use of the boat during your stay.The prices may vary depending on the varying petrol prices.The prices are listed in the base offices. Extra costs for staying in ports are paid by the hirer, and may vary.

7- BIKES

The bycicles for rental are under the responsability of the boat hirer. In case of theft, the hirer is requested to make an official statement to the local police authorities and to present the original documents given by the police to the rental base. The hirer and other members of his/ her party, remains responsable for any dammage caused to the bycilces.

8 - CANCELLATION

By the hirer :

  • If the hirer is forced to cancel his reservation, the boat owner must be advised in writing.
  • The costs withheld are the following :
    • over 8 weeks before departure : 150 € administration costs
    • between 4 and 8 weeks before departure : 35 % of the rental charge (1)
    • less than 4 weeks before departure : 100 % of the rental charge

By the rental operator :

  • In the case of unforeseen circumstances beyond of the control of the rental operator the hired boat is not available, all possible will be done to supply the hirer with a boat of equivalent comfort and capacity.
  • If this is not possible within the contractual period, the rental operator will refund the rental charge, to the exclusion of all other costs, damages or interests.

(1) With a min of 150€

9 - MODIFICATION

  • Change of dates, type of boat or region requested by the Hirer, and after acceptation by the boat rental Company, will entail full payment of cancellation charges specified under paragraph 8 in order to cover financial prejudice on the original booking.

10 - ONE-WAY

  • The direction of one-way trips and thus the departure base in the same region may have to be altered. Exceptionally, a one-way cruise may have to be converted into a return cruise due to unforeseen circumstances. In this case, only the return trip extra charges will be refunded.
  • It is required to call 48 hrs before the date of departure for confirmation of the oneway and the direction of navigation.
  • These alterations will in no circumstances be considered grounds for cancellation or damages.

11 - INTERRUPTIONS OR RESTRICTIONS TO NAVIGATION

  • Only places of departure and return are contractual (except exceptions in the §10), the course is not guaranteed.
  • The rental operator cannot be held responsible for interruptions or restrictions to navigation due to reasons beyond his control (works, flooding, drought, strike, administrative directives) and will therefore not grant any refund.
  • In case these events prevent the cruise, either the rental company can modify the location and dates of the cruise with an equivalent or larger boat; or the paid sums can be given as a credit for a cruise at a later date, to be agreed by both parties. Failing that, the paid sums will be kept by the rental company.
  • If the events occur during the cruise, thus causing a total halt to navigation and the loss of one or several days, these days will be refunded. The refund , half-day and complete days accumulated, will be subject to a subtraction of 24 hrs in all cases (or 48 hrs for the Lot area and for the Baïse).

12 - BREAKDOWNS

Each base offers a free breakdown service which will attend to you as quickly as possible, by phoning the base during normal working hours available by phone. This service becomes payable in case of personal fault of the hirer

Breakdowns not attributable to the hirer :

  • Time lost to the hirer due to a breakdown not attributable to him , taking place during the cruise, will be refunded on a rate pro-rata to the time lost, subject to a subtraction of 24 hrs.

Breakdowns attributable to the hirer :

  • If it is observed that the breakdown is attributable to the hirer, he has no right to any compensation for time lost on his boat

The rental operator reserves the right to withold sums paid as a deposit to cover the costs of repair to the boat.

13 - DAMAGE - ACCIDENTS

  • The hirer must not repair or attempt to repair damage and/or breakdowns without the agreement of the rental operator.
  • The hirer is required to complete the accident report form and to be it completed and countersigned by the third party.
  • Any damage not attributable to the boat owner cannot be the subject of compensation in the hirer’s favour in the case where his cruise is interrupted.

14 - BOATS DESERTION

  • In case of boat’s desertion, except for sudden and lengthy impracticability of the waterway, the rental company will invoice the hirer the cost of the boat’s transfer to the base of return, according to a daily fixed price of 100 €, plus fuel and cleaning costs.

15 - RETURNING THE BOAT

  • The boat must be returned to its base at the time and date agreed except in case of Force Majeure : The person responsible should plan a great enough margin for the return time to be respected.
  • The boat is to be returned to the rental operator in the same condition as when it was collected, in respect to the inventory check-list.
  • The hirer will be responsible for all expenses caused by late return due to his fault : each delayed (and started) day will lead to a charge equivalent to the daily rental price, plus the costs that the rental operator will have to pay to the next hirer.

16 - DISPUTES

  • Under Directive 90-314 of June 30th 1990 of the European Council, rental does not constitute a fixed-rate price. In the event of dispute, the Tribunal of Commerce of the port of departure is the only competent authority (Brussells Convention of 21/09/68, article 5/1)
  • The legal ties linking Nicols and its associates are solely those resulting from the conditions laid down in the contract of hire itself. In any case, Nicols cannot intervene in the teams and conditions of this of the execution of this contract of hire, each associate being independent.

1 - The river Lot-Quercy

A shorter season, unpredictable river conditions and additional supervision mean prices for this region are slightly higher than in others: 80 € supplement per boat and per cruise.

2 - Pool

Adaptable to all models (except N800, Primo and Riviera).
Warning : For the Octo®, Sixto®, N1300/N1310, N1350 and VIP a pleasure boat licence is necessary due to the total length of the boat plus pool.

3 - “ALL INCLUSIVE” cruising

NEW IN 2014! For one week cruises and longer, on Confort and Estivale range boats, option “All inclusive” including : 2 bikes + 1 waterways map + cleaning price + towels + kitchen linen + fuel package. Contact us for details.

4 - One way cruises

One-way supplement: 150 €. This does not include transfers of vehicles or passengers.

Way and return cruises offer you the chance to enjoy and experience a wide variety of landscapes from very different angles. However, we can offer you one-way cruises in certain regions. One-ways may be subject to unforeseen circumstances which can impede their operation. Considered as an additional service, a one-way cruise as well as its direction are only confirmed 48 hours before departure.

5 -Prices includes

  • Boat hire
  • Boat equipment including crockery and linen
  • Boat insurance
  • Technical help : available 7 days a week
  • Logbook

6 - Prices do not include

  • Consumable charge: all the consumable (oils, diesel oil, gas...) used during your stay are included in this charge. When you set off the tank will have been filled, giving you selfsufficiency for 10 to 14 days (depending on the type of boat). All our cruisers are fitted with a meter which is read on your departure and on your return. The number of hours of engine fuel use will be invoiced according to the rate displayed at the base (More or less 30 to 50 € per day).
  • Deposit :1000 € per boat (except N800 and Primo: 800 €) and 150 € for cleaning deposit (200 € for boats of more than 13 m length. It covers the insurance franchise, loss of hire and boat cleaning if this has not been done. This sum will be repaid to you at the end of your cruise if the boat and its equipment are brought back clean, in good condition and undamaged, at the time and place agreed on.

7 - The options

  • Waterways guide : France : 25 € - Portugal : 15 € Including a cartographic part and touristic information, in French, English and German.
  • Cancellation insurance, waiver ½ boat deposit : optional, ask for the insurance form.
  • Bike rental : 35 € / bike / week.
    Extra day: 5 € ; 2 days week-end: 18 € ; mini-week & 3 days week-end: 23 €.
    For your comfort, we recommend you a maximum of 4 bikes on board.
  • Car park rental (private but not supervised) : 35 € / car / week.
    Extra day: 5 € ; 2 days week-end: 18 € ; mini-week & 3 days week-end: 23 €.
  • Garage rental (private but not supervised): 45 € /car / week.
    Extra day : 6 € ; 2 days week-end: 22 € ; miniweek & 3 days week-end: 29 €.
    NB : each base owns one private car park or garage. For more information, please contact us.
  • Pets : 40 € / animal.
  • Converter rental 12 / 220 V : 10 €
  • Bathroom towels kit including 1 glove + 1 towel + 1 bath towel: 10 €
  • Kitchen towels kit including 1 hand towel + 2 dishcloth: 2 €
  • Final cleaning : 150 €, or 200 € for 13 m boats and more.
    Possibility for only: Inside cleaning: 100 € (or 130 € for 13 m boats and more) or outside cleaning: 50 € (or 70 € for 13 m boats and more).