As with many areas of the travel industry, an online shortcut is available. Launched by two French entrepreneurs, recent start-up SamBoat.com is attempting to do for yachts what Airbnb has done for private accommodation by connecting owners to rental customers. In theory, this will mean that you will be able to hire a holiday vessel anywhere on earth – although, as yet, most of the options are moored in Europe. Samba, a Beneteau Oceanis 45 based at Budva in Montenegro, is available for the week starting August 19 for €3,600.