Boat Trips by Locals is a cooperation between Rederij Paping and Sloepvrienden, both of which are well-established boating companies here in Amsterdam. The reason we decided to cooperate is so we could offer shared tours. In this way, we could make sure more people got to enjoy the water, even if the group was too small to make a private tour viable.
Rederij Paping started 11 years ago. Skipper Paap bought a little boat to sail a friend who could no longer walk well around the city. Soon he realized there were plenty of other people who wanted tours as well. From there it grew (read the full story here).