Click & Boat secures significant investment from Permira and Boats Group

Click&Boat, a leading boat rental platform in Europe, has secured significant investment from funds advised by Permira, a global private equity firm, alongside Boats Group.

17/07/2021 Private Equity Wire

Founded in 2014 and headquartered in France, Click&Boat’s unique, technology-enabled platform matches boating enthusiasts with over 40,000 boats in more than 600 destinations globally, enabling them to rent a boat easily and efficiently. The company has experienced significant growth over the last seven years to establish a clear, well-renowned brand and leadership position in the pan-European market. Click&Boat boasts one of the largest supply of boats in Europe as well as the highest demand for its services through unrivalled volumes of traffic across its online platform.

By joining forces, Boats Group and Click&Boat will aim to build the largest global online player in the recreational marine industry. The two marketplaces will form a close strategic partnership. The investment provides Click&Boat with the resources to supercharge its growth and cement its position as a market leader globally. Click&Boat will also gain access to Boats Group’s market-leading consumer audience, as well as the large and fast-growing boat rental market in North America, where Boats Group has an established presence.

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Launched in 2014 by Edouard Gorioux and Jeremy Bismuth, Click & Boat started as the Airbnb for boats, a pure digital peer-to-peer actor, and now lists boats from traditional brokerages and professional renters, as well for a fleet in excess of 35,000 yachts and bareboats. The company has been expanding its core market by addressing additional services such as week-long sailing cruises and luxury rentals, as well as offering travel agency related services. The founders’ vision for Click & Boat remains unchanged: becoming the reference actor in the boat rental market as a whole, and their energy to continue disrupting this sector is limitless.

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