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.
The Penichettes are modelled on a classic French barge, and their unique design gives superb visibility with light and airy living spaces. With over 400 on the rivers and canals of Europe. Boating Holidays offers the complete range of penichettes for all sizes of party and budget.
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.
W and R Models of the Aft Deck and Classic penichettes have been refitted to be more eco-friendly, and have a bicycle rack.
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Three types of Penichette boat
All the penichettes have central steering with excellent views all round.
The Flying Bridge models have inside and out steering positions, and are luxuriously equipped with mostly en-suite cabins.
The Aft Deck penichettes are modern and spacious, with an aft deck that lengthens the kitchen and living space and provides shade for outdoor eating.
The Classic pénichettes have a kitchen and sitting area at the rear of the boat separated from the sleeping areas at the front.
Easy to use Penichette pricing
To help you match a boat to your budget we show a guide hire charge from to - the actual price varies from season to season. Remember this is the hire charge for the boat up to the maximum number of occupants.
For a given size of boat the pricing reflects the standard pf amenities and facilities the boat offers. We have labelled with a Gold Star those boats offering top of the range facilities.
Easy to use Penichette sizing
Our boat descriptions show how many people a penichette can sleep. A boat shown as 4+2 means it can sleep 4 people comfortably in cabins, with the option to sleep 2 people on a convertible bed/settee used as saloon seating during the day. A boat shown as sleeping 6 people would have three sleeping cabins. A group of 4 hiring this penichette would then have a spare cabin to store extra items.