Canal Motorboats

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Ahoy, future colleague!

Can you picture yourself on the dock in the sunshine, welcoming customers, renting out boats, and assisting wherever needed? Check out the dockside staff job opening and join the friendliest team in all of Amsterdam where we not only work hard but also have a lot of fun together.

Where will you be working?

We are located at 4 spots in Amsterdam and growing rapidly. Our fleet consists of a total of 57 independently navigable boats and 6 large boats. This is divided between our two boat rental companies: Canal Motorboats and Eco Boats Amsterdam. When you apply with us, you’ll be working for both boat rental companies, ensuring that no day is the same!

Fun fact: Canal Motorboats has been in existence since 1996, making it the longest-standing boat rental company in Amsterdam.

What will you be doing?

  • Welcoming customers on the dock
  • Renting out the independently navigable boats
  • Providing explanations about water safety rules
  • Keeping the boats in good condition
  • Assisting customers after their cruise
  • Providing remote assistance to customers

Who are you?

  • You are presentable and customer-oriented
  • You are independent and responsible
  • Available for a minimum of 2 days per week
  • Also available on the weekends
  • Proficient in both Dutch and English
  • Knowledge of a third language is a plus
  • Experience in the hospitality industry is a plus

What do you get?

  • The most enjoyable job in Amsterdam
  • A competitive salary
  • Determine your own working hours and days
  • The opportunity to obtain your boating license
  • A dinner budget for evening shifts
  • Fun social gatherings and company outings

How to apply

Can you see yourself working on our dock? Who knows, you might be working with the most fantastic team on the canals of Amsterdam next week already.

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Where can you find us?

What do our customers say?

Where can you find us?

Do you have a question?

We offer three options:
  • Rent an electric boat that you may sail yourself, no boating license required.
  • Rent a private canal boat with a captain and space for 30 people (The IJdok), including additional packages like catering and activities.
  • Purchase a ticket for a canal cruise starting from Amsterdam Central, cruising through Amsterdam Center in 1 hour.

We are open every day, all year round. These are our opening hours:
  • Monday: 10:00 - 21:00
  • Tuesday: 10:00 - 21:00
  • Wednesday: 10:00 - 21:00
  • Thursday: 10:00 - 21:00
  • Friday: 10:00 - 21:00
  • Saturday: 10:00 - 21:00
  • Sunday: 10:00 - 21:00

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 (The IJdok)
  • 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 IJdok boats (30-person boats), it's only allowed to bring your own food. We will arrange the drinks for you.  

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.

You can choose from various locations in Amsterdam. Please note: where you pick up the boat, you must also return the boat.
  • Location Amsterdam Centre: Zandhoek 22, 1013 KT Amsterdam. Check the directions for more information.

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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Opening hours

Monday to Sunday: 10:00 – 21:00

Discover the city from the water with Canal Motorboats

Option 1: Sail yourself without a license
Option 2: Buy a sightseeing tour ticket
Option 3: Private cruise with a captain
Lowest rates
Multiple boarding locations
Around Amsterdam city center
Guaranteed a fun day
Perfect for group outings
All boats are electric
+ 31 (0) 20 422 70 07