Canal Motorboats

Amsterdam Gay Pride boat rental

Of course, you and your friends want to be as close as possible to the Canal Parade. Well, you’re in the right place! Canal Motorboats has managed to secure a few spots. Nowadays, you need a vignette to dock a boat on the Amsterdam Pride route. You can rent a boat for the entire day during Gay Pride Amsterdam 2024 from Canal Motorboats. We will assign you a designated zone where you can dock the boat during the Gay Pride Amsterdam. Note: The regular cancellation conditions do not apply during Gay Pride. Please refer to the general terms and conditions for more information.

Rent a boat without a captain on Amsterdam Gay Pride

Attention: You won’t be sailing along with the canal parade. Instead, you’ll be allocated a spot along the route where you can moor the boat.

  • You can sail on your own to the designated spot, no boating license required
  • You rent a boat for the entire day from approximately 09:00 to 18:00
  • The exact time for picking up the boat will be announced later
  • Fixed low rate of €399
  • Price includes vignette
  • Space for 8 people
  • You are the captain, so make sure there’s a designated driver.
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Rent a private boat with a captain during Amsterdam Gay Pride

Prefer not to sail on your own to the designated location but enjoy the party on a private boat with a captain and space for 30 people? Then rent our private XL boat.

Attention: We do not participate in the parade itself, instead, we are moored along the route.

  • The price includes an open bar with options for beer, wine, and soft drinks.
  • Note: food is not included. We will not provide food. You are welcome to bring your own.
  • You get a private captain, so no need for a designated driver.
  • Boarding is possible from 10:00, and it lasts until approximately 18:00
  • Prime location on the Prinsengracht
  • Space for 30 people
  • Fixed rate of €4000 (including open bar)
  • Price includes vignette
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Rules for renting a boat during Gay Pride Amsterdam

During Gay Pride Amsterdam, the canals are filled with boats and hundreds of thousands of visitors. This means that at 6pm the canals and streets no longer look as tidy as they did before. We believe that celebrating should not be an excuse for anti-social behaviour. Therefore, we would like to remind you of the rules.

  • Do not throw rubbish overboard into the water or on the dock. There is a special waste service where you can dispose of your waste.
  • Do not play music, this is forbidden! On the canals, music is played on high quality sound systems. Your tunes are therefore not only unnecessary but also prohibited.
  • The captain must stay sober. So decide in advance who will steer the boat.
  • Do not throw water or other stuff at the parade boats.
  • You may not swim or jump into the water.
  • Do not enter houseboats without permission of the owner.
  • Drink in moderation, it’s a long day.
  • Put on your wildest outfit! It would be a shame to leave it hanging in the closet any longer.

The normal boating rules still apply. Please read them carefully.

When is Gay Pride Amsterdam 2024?

The Amsterdam Gay Pride, or also known as Canal Parade, is on August 3th 2024. On this day you can rent a boat in Amsterdam and watch the Canal Parade from your own private boat on the Prinsengracht. This is the day when everyone dressed up in their most outrageous outfit along the Prinsengracht canal can celebrate abundantly, that love is for everyone! The canals are filled with boats lining the docks to watch dozens of parade boats cruise by. Enough reason to rent your own boat during Gay Parade Amsterdam and party along.

Hire a boat during Amsterdam Canal Parade

Would you like to hire a boat during the Amsterdam Canal Parade 2024? Then be quick, because it is very popular to rent a boat during Gay Pride, the boat rentals are sold out far in advance every year. So book well in advance to be sure of a boat. Being on the canals during Gay Pride Amsterdam is something that should definitely be on your bucket list.

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How does it work?

Discover Amsterdam in a unique way with Canal Motorboats! Reserve your boat, choose a date and time, come to our rental, and sail through the canals! Fun on the water guaranteed!

  • Choose a boat, date and time
  • Place your reservation
  • Come to our boat rental
  • Sail through Amsterdam

Where can you find us?

Do you have a question?

We are open every day, all year round. These are our opening hours:
  • Monday: 10:00 - 22:00
  • Tuesday: 10:00 - 22:00
  • Wednesday: 10:00 - 22:00
  • Thursday: 10:00 - 22:00
  • Friday: 10:00 - 22:00
  • Saturday: 10:00 - 22:00
  • Sunday: 10:00 - 22:00

In addition to the regular boat fee, we are required to charge tourist tax at €2.50 per person. This applies to all boat rental companies in Amsterdam.

Yes, we provide enjoyable corporate outings, friend outings, team-building events, and family outings. We can organize a fun scavenger hunt, catering, or for example, go plastic fishing during the boat trip. Rent multiple small boats that you can sail yourself or choose for a private cruise boat with a captain and space for 30 people.

Of course! Every year we have some great offers during popular events such as King's Day, Amsterdam Gay pride and Amsterdam Light Festival. The rental of the boats usually starts 4 to 6 months in advance. So, make sure to book in advance to secure a boat.

Available boats

  • Small boats that you can sail yourself
  • Private canal boats with a captain and space for 30 people
  • Tickets for the large canal cruise boats

Do you need to sail yourself or is there a captain?

Please note: on King's Day, you always rent a boat with a captain. You can rent both the small boats and the large private canal cruise boat with space for 30 people. On other holidays/events, you are allowed to sail yourself.

Food and drinks

Regarding food and drinks on King's Day and Gay Pride: On the small boats where you are the captain, you may bring your own food and drinks. On the large boats (30-person boats), it's only allowed to bring your own food. We will arrange the drinks for you.  

You can choose from various locations in Amsterdam. Please note: where you pick up the boat, you must also return the boat. Check all directions to our boat rentals.
  • Zandhoek 22, 1013 KT Amsterdam
  • Westerdoksdijk 705, 1013 BX Amsterdam
  • Nassaukade 341, 1053LZ Amsterdam
  • Polonceaukade 20, 1014 DA Amsterdam

When you rent a boat with us, you can go plastic fishing for free. We provide all the necessary equipment on board, including nets and garbage bags, allowing you to fish for plastic during your cruise. Not only is it a fun activity, but it's also environmentally friendly! This activity can be booked at no extra cost for the self-drive boats and private canal cruises. It's important to notify us in advance. You can book this by including 'plastic fishing' in the comments when making a reservation.

Canal Motorboats is one of the most affordable boat rental companies in the city. You can rent a boat that you can sail yourself starting from €100 for 2 hours. Each additional hour is €50 per hour. This way, you can decide how long you want to cruise the canals. Check our rates for more information.

The boats available for self-driving are suitable for a maximum of 8 people. Fewer is also allowed.
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