H2O has been the leading boat brokerage company in France for river and canal cruisers since 1987.
We have a privileged position at the heart of the waterways system and with very good access by road and train from all over Europe. H2O is the ideal place to reach a worldwide client base for a swift and profitable sale.
If you are selling your cruiser, barge, houseboat, sailboat or hotel barge, our 144 meter long sales pontoon offers the best presentation to find a buyer for your boat.
Our web site is well referenced and extremely well visited and consulted with around 50,000 hits per month. Research has shown that our web site visitors are very serious and well funded buyers who are often actually selecting the boat that they will buy before even visiting us.
Our sales team is international; one French, one German, one English. We are all passionate about boats and have each of us 20 years experience in business on the French waterways
Our offices are open all year round 6 days a week and a member of the sales staff is always on hand to welcome potential buyers. The boats are moored directly in front of the office on the sales pontoon.
We also of course publish our adverts in all of the specialised boating magazines of Europe.
By letting us deal with the sale of your boat :
You avoid all of the trouble of showing your boat, advertising, meetings with buyers that don't show up, surveys, boat legislation, etc..
We organise all of the paperwork such as contracts, navigation permits, certificates of ownership, surveys, certificates of conformity.
We check the sovability of potential buyers.
We write the sales contracts with full knowledge of international law to protect you from potential problems durinn and after the sale.
We strongly advise that your boat should be brought here to Saint Jean de Losne if at all possible. We find that our potential buyers are not interested in travelling all over the country in search of a boat and that they prefer almost voluntarily to limit their search to a single place and the select a boat from those available there.
They often have bad experiences of long journeys only to find that the boat in question has been badly described by the owner and that the journey was a waste of time.
By bringing your boat here, the chances of a profitable and rapid sale are enormously increased. Boat buyers are not just buying a boat. They are looking for a complete service package such as mooring places, maintenance, repair, technical advice and assistance, laudry, chandlery, fuel, electricity, assitance with finance and paperwork and a clear transparent sale.
Above all, our buyers find at H2O a friendly, active and like minded boating community.
We are very happy in most cases to organize the delivery and advance the costs of bringing your boat to Saint Jean de Losne with the transport costs repaid only once the boat is sold.
Our commission rate is 8% plus VAT (Value Added Tax of 19.6%) giving a total of 9.57% of the sales price. This is payed when the sale has been completed.
Our clients are not just buying a boat. They are looking for a complete service such as mooring, maintenance, insurance, repairs and transformations, laundry, chandlery, fuel, electricity.
We give advice on insurance, technical advice, boat finance, resident permits, driving permits, cruising tips, health, phone lines, etc.
All of this with coffee, croissants and a smile!
We have a free book exchange with thousands of books.. and a great community of likeminded boaters to share tips with.