As with many areas of the travel industry, an online shortcut is available. Launched by two French entrepreneurs, recent start-up 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.