Le Boat, part of TUI Marine, which owns The Moorings and Sunsail yacht charter firms among others, signed an agreement with the Beneteau Group and Slovenia-based Seaway for the design, development and construction of a new-style leisure powerboat, which will be exclusive to Le Boat.
"An incredible pool of talent from around the world has come together to create this exciting new venture," TUI Marine CEO Lex Raas said in a statement. "Over the next few years we will transform the Le Boat fleet of self-drive motor cruisers and significantly change the way boating vacations are both perceived and enjoyed."
The new-style boats, which will feature low wave-making hulls to minimize riverbank erosion, will also be better adapted to and comfortable for use in all climates. Le Boat customers will be consulted to ensure that on-board comforts - such as satellite and MP3 connectivity - are installed potentially as standard, according to the statement.
Le Boat describes itself as the largest operator of self-drive boating vacations on the waterways of Europe, operating its own fleet of more than 1,000 self-drive cruisers from more than 40 different departure bases across eight European countries.