Pénichettes - the boats fleet
The best self-drive boats for a European waterways holiday
We offer the full range of Pénichettes®. They are based on the traditional French barge, or Péniche, and their unique design gives superb visibility with light and airy living spaces.
The Flying Bridge Pénichettes are the newest boats in the 15-model range. These provide inside and outside steering positions with mostly en-suite cabins. The R class Pénichettes are refurbished Classic boats with more recent equipment, eco-friendly and more efficient. They also have a radio/CD player and a bicycle rack.
Across Europe there are now over 400 Pénichettes. Whether for couples, families or groups of friends there is always a Pénichette to suit your requirements. Check out the three styles from the details below.
The Name Penichette
The name "Pénichette" is a Registered Trade Mark referring exclusively to the range of boats designed and built in France by Locaboat Plaisance.
These boats have similarities to both compact barges and motor cruisers and provide comfortable accommodation for between 2 and 12 people.
Flying Bridge Penichettes
These are the very latest designs, exceptionally luxurious and well-equipped, with dual inside and outside steering positions.
Aft Deck Penichettes
Elegant, modern and spacious, with an aft deck that lengthens the kitchen and living space and provides shade for outdoor eating.
These classic Pénichettes have become famous due to their resemblance to the 'Péniche' or working barge. Kitchen and sitting area at the rear of the boat is separated from the sleeping areas at the front.