Yachting Croatia

Charter Tips & Tricks

What kind of a yacht to rent

Lovers of sailing will always opt for the beauty and and independence that a sailing yacht offers, however for those seeking to travel in often hotel like comfort, a motor yacht is the answer. Ideal when you want to cover greater distances in a week, although fuel costs are worth bearing in mind. A good compromise for those who love cruise sailing are increasingly popular catamarans that offer much more comfort than sailboats, and also when driving the engine consumes much less fuel compared with motor boats, but is of course slower as well as sailboats.

Sailing boat

A sailboat or sailing boat is a boat propelled partly or entirely by sails. They vary on their length, design and performances. The most used information about charter sailing boats are those on the length, date of manufacture, the capacity of people they may embark and the type of sails. They are suitable for both family and active vacations.

Motor boat

Fast and comfortable vessel powered by onboard or outboard engine. Due to its speed it is suitable for extended vacations and island hopping. Regarding their length and engine power they may refer to small speed boats or a large, crewed and luxury yacht.

Catamaran

A boat propelled partly or entirely by sails, but designed with two (or more) hulls. It provides higher level of stability than mono-hull sailing boat, while interior is usually more spacious and comfortable than those on mono-hulls. Catamarans are also equipped with two engines which give them higher speed when motoring, while maneuvering is slightly different from mono-hulls.

Gulet

The two-masted or three-masted wooden sailing yacht originated from Turkey. It is crewed by a skipper, a chef, an engineer and mariners (eventually stewards and stewardesses). The accommodation is provided in double bedrooms, while meals are served in the saloon. Deck is reserved for sunbathing during the cruise, while skipper chooses the route which considers swimming in virgin bays, visiting top yachting destinations while local food and wine are served onboard.

Luxury Yacht

Fast, modern designed and comfortable vessel maintained by a professional crew including serving staff. Accommodation is provided in spacious and comfort rooms, while additional equipment such as jacuzzy-bath, gym, jet-ski etc. is optional and depends on the type of the yacht.

 

Booking

Booking includes search and reservation of vessels according to customers’ desires, demands and enquiry. Booking also refers to search for additional information on charter bases, marinas, destinations and routes for sailing trips, along with possibilities for transfer from and to airports etc.

In order to create the right package and the best offer for you, BEFORE booking we need to establish:
- Your preffered dates of travel and holiday duration (the exact dates when you would like to sail).
- Departure point (e.g. the Dubrovnik, Split, Zadar region, Istria etc.), please mention it in your request.
- The size of your group, because every vessel is registered to a certain number of people and the law does not allow this number to be exceeded.
- Your preferred yacht type, size of the vessel.
- Your preferred holiday type (Bareboat, skippered or Crewed)

NOTE: During the high-season (from May till September) we cannot deviate from our weekly charter system (Saturday – Saturday system), because these are the busiest months for the charter companies and most weeks are sold out well in advance. The price is unlikely to be flexible and you would usually be charged for a full week. However, if you wish to take a several day long sailing cruise, it can be organized in the off season (October – April).

*For the most precise information about the prices of each vessel in our offer, we kindly recommend you to check our Detailed On-line Database or contact us via mai:info@yachtingincroatia.com, phone: +385 91 6133750 or Skype .

Charter

This term refers to the branch of nautical tourism which considers maintenance and rental of all sorts of boats for sport and leisure. Charter business is organized among numerous charter and booking agencies.

Charter period

Sailing charter usually lasts for one week, starting on Saturdays and ends on next Saturday, one week later. Check in and check out times depends on agency terms and usually are not being done after 4 – 5 PM for check in and 8 – 9 AM for check out. Chartered boats usually have to be back in the bases on Friday not later than 8 PM. Since check in and check out schedules vary depending of the agency, please contact Yachting in Croatia team for more specific information. All arrangements different from one-week-charter from Saturday to Saturday should be communicated separately so please contact Yachting in Croatia team for your inquiry.

Payment procedure

The payment process starts after you have decided to book a certain yacht.

In order to confirm your booking, a down payment amounting to 50% of the total charter fee should be settled upon the reservation. The rest of the charter fee (50%) should be paid at least 40 days prior to boat embarkation. For bookings within 60 days of departure, the total charter fee should be paid.

Payment option

Bank Transfer

The preferred payment method is directly through bank transfer. It is very quick and completely safe.

Additional costs

Additional costs to be paid in the marina upon your arrival may vary depending on the extra services that you have taken (skipper, hostess, cook, spinnaker, outboard engine, towels, WiFi etc.).

One of the additional costs you will definitely have to pay is the tourist tax, amounting to € 1,00 per person per day. You will also have to leave a security deposit for the boat, in amount depending on each boat in particular. The deposit can be given in cash or as a credit card slip. Other additional costs include mooring fees in your cruise destinations.

Please note that all the services in Croatia are paid in Kunas. Sometimes it is possible to pay mooring fees in Euros, but it depends on the marina and should be checked upon in advance. In restaurants, shops and supermarkets you can use credit cards as well, but not everywhere on the islands. However, there are ATM machines in some places.

For any other inquiry not included in FAQ section please do not hesitate to contact Yachting in Croatia team.

Insurance deposit

All charter vessels have to be insured against any damage caused by accident or fault of the commander. The amount which covers the deductible is usually called the insurance deposit and has to be left at the charter base while checking in. It could be left in cash or by a credit card as preauthorized slip. The amount of insurance deposit depends on the vessel and agency’s terms. Either cash or a slip will be given back to the customer once check-out is done without objections. Certain amount of insurance deposit, or its entire amount could be taken by the agency in case that the boat was not returned in time, if fuel tank was not refilled before check-out, or if some damage on the boat was noticed at the check-out. If you hire our skipper, he is responsible for all the damage caused while manoeuvring, anchoring or mooring the vessel. The amount of the deposit depends on the vessel size or type, and it ranges from 1500 € to 5000 € or more.

Administration procedure

Administration procedure includes paper work that has to be done before embarkation the chartered yacht, in the charter agency’s office at the base marina. The charter agency staff has to introduce to the guests yacht’s documents and the inventory list. Yacht’s documents include the copies of valid yacht’s registration permit, charter concession, insurance policy, radio device certificate and a crew list. The charter agency staff fulfills the crew list form and gets the oline confirmation from the Port authority’s office. In order to correctly fulfill the crew list form guests have to provide their valid identification documents (passports) and a valid skipper permit of the yacht’s master. In case of chartering bareboat, that would be the person who is in charge of navigation. In case of chartering crewed yacht, hired skipper has to provide his professional license. In addition, Croatian Tourist Board charges guests a tourist tax that amounts to approximately € 1,00 per person, per day of their stay aboard. The exact amount of tourist tax is determined each year according to Croatian Tourist Board regulations. The tourist tax has to be paid cash at the charter company’s office.

Check in procedure

After the administration procedure is done at the office (paper work) the check in procedure can be done aboard chartered yacht. Charter agency’s staff has to introduce to the skipper (guest) all deck equipment, navigation instruments, electrical circuits, safety gear, the inventory and all other features and devices regarding the yacht’s function. After the introduction is done, both the staff and the guest have to sign the check in list.

Check out procedure

Check out procedure takes place at the end of charter period. Both charter agency’s staff and skipper (guest) go through the check in list and verify that the yacht has been brought back in correct condition. In case of malfunctions or damage of any instruments, devices, engine or inventory the charter agency requires the damage report from the skipper (guest). The amount for repair or mending is determined by the charter agency and can be paid cash, from the insurance deposit, from skipper’s professional insurance policy or any other way determined by charter agency’s terms and conditions. In case that check-out procedure has been done without remarks about damage or malfunctions, the agency cancels the pre-authorized credit card slip for insurance deposit or pays back cash left at the beginning of the charter period. Keep in mind that the yacht has to be brought back with full fuel tank. Otherwise the charter company would charge the penalty fee. Ask for information about the position and working time of the nearest gas station before you leave the base.

Crew list

Mandatory document aboard any vessel intended for charter is the crew list. This document states the name and registration of the yacht, the charter period, the port of embarkation and disembarkation; name, family name, passport number, place of birth and nationality. In addition, the number of skipper’s license is required for the person in charge of the navigation – the skipper. Crew list is written at the charter agency’s office and registered online at the Port authority and / or Ministry of Maritime Affairs, Transport and Infrastructure. Any change of the crew list during the charter period has to be registered online in the port where the change takes place.

Transit log

Transit log refers to the fee that has to be charged to all customers when chartering the boat. It includes issuing of all documents required for chartering the boat, along with check in and check out procedures. Its amount is calculated differently regarding the agencies business policies, and has to be paid directly, when checking in at the base office. Transit log could be paid cash or with credit card, also regarding the agency terms. Transit long could also include the final cleaning, regarding the agency terms.

Final cleaning

Final cleaning includes cleaning of entire interior, cockpit and deck, cutlery and the dished, bed linen and towels. Final cleaning fee has to be paid directly when checking in the boat and is usually charged cash only.

Tender / rubber dinghy

Tender is a rubber small boat which every sailing boat is obliged to be equipped with. It uses for transfer of goods and people when staying at the anchor or a buoy. It is always equipped with a pump and a pair of pedals.

Outboard engine

Outboard engine refers to a small engine used for transfer with a tender/rubber dinghy. IT is usually charged extra, off charter costs. Some agencies offer outboard engine within the charter price. Please contact us for more information on this subject when booking the boat.

Bed linen and cutlery, extra towels

Bed linen and cutlery are the standard equipment of every charter boat. Towels could either be a part of standard equipment or optional (extra charged) depending on agency terms. Feel free to ask for additional information before booking the boat.

Fuel

Every chartered vessel is issued with a full fuel tank. It is expected that the vessel is brought back with full fuel tank as well. Ask for information about the position and working time of the nearest gas station before taking off the base. Keep in mind that gas stations are very busy on Fridays afternoon, which is ordinary time to get back to the base.          

Bareboat / crewed

For holders of international sailing license, the independence offered by bareboating is hard to beat, especially when supported by the local knowledge provided by Yachting in Croatia agency. Bareboat refers to chartering boat or motor boat whereby no crew or provisions are included as part of the agreement. Bareboat is equipped with bed linen, full fuel and water tanks, all sailing equipment required, and some optional features such as extra towels, spinnaker or gennaker, snorkeling equipment etc., while the charterers have to take care of navigation.
Feel free to Contact Yachting in Croatia Crew for more information and consultancy on types of boats suitable just for you and the organization of a sailing trip.  

Crewed or skippered charter arrangement means that sailing boat or motorboat is rented with professional crew consisting of skipper who is responsible for the maneuvering of the yacht. Optionally, crew may consist of hostess and chef who will take care of drinks and meals as well as the maintenance of the interior of the boat. Contact Yachting in Croatia Crew for hiring professional skippers, hostesses and chefs for your perfect experience of sailing in Croatia.

Skipper

In case you have no sailing experience at all, or if you do not possess an officially recognized sailing license, it is recommended to hire a professional skipper for your entire stay on the boat. Hiring a professional skipper could also be arranged for at least few days in case you are not confident in your skills or you want to improve them. Professional skipper has a broad knowledge of managing the boat and sail it confidently. He/she also has a superior knowledge of local sailing area and meteorology and is well acquainted with best bays and coves for swimming breaks, anchorages and marinas as well as the best restaurants and bars. Skipper's services are paid separately from the charter fee.Skipper service fee -150 € per day + food. The guests are obliged to pay them (or those of a hostess or a chef) as well as food and drink for the skipper or other crew members during the charter period. . If you decide to eat in a restaurant, you have three options:

- take the skipper with you
- give him money to buy the food and drink on his own (cca 35 € per day)
- buy enough food so that skipper can eat on board while you are in a restaurant

Gulets and luxury yachts are considered a crewed vessels and crew remuneration is included in the price of charter.

If you choose to bareboat charter, the client skipper must be in possession of a valid certificate of competence in order to charter a boat. It is also a legal requirement for one member of the crew to be qualified for operation with the VHF station. About yacht licence you can check more info. on our website.

 Please contact Yachting in Croatia team in case you need any information on skipper or you want to hire one.

Hostess

You have a skipper’s licence and you would like to book a bareboat charter. However, you and your crew would like a bit of extra help aboard. Why not make your holiday even more carefree: Hostess is hospitality professional in nautical tourism. She/he will help you and your crew to maintain the boat,  keep the cabins nice and tidy, help you with mooring at marinas, do the provisioning and prepare  a delicious breakfast or light lunch or dinner.Hostess fee-120 €  per day + food. Contact Yachting in Croatia Crew for more information and terms of hiring hostesses.

Chef

Book  a chef  to cook delicious meals on board for you. Chef or food manager onboard is responsible for supplies and food preparation in line with customers’ demands and taste. Chef fee-150 € per day + food. Contact Yachting in Croatia for more information on onboard chefs and menus.

Sailing or navigation licenses

In case you possess any kind of sailing license please contact Yachting in Croatia team which will check out its validity at Croatian authorities before booking the boat.

Children onboard

There is no limit for children onboard – it is up to their parents’ decision. However, their stay on the boat should be closely monitored by adults. Make sure that kids wear life wests entire time during the navigation. Putting safety net along the sides of the deck is highly recommended so please contact Yachting in Croatia team prior to booking the boat. Some agencies may extra charge safety net. It is also recommended to bring along baby food since it is not available in all shops on the coast and islands.

Pets onboard

Depending on agency terms, pets could not be allowed onboard or their stay on the boat could be extra charged. Please contact Yachting in Croatia team for more information prior to booking the boat.

What to take on sailing trip:

Luggage

The chartered yachts are equipped with all necessary navigation and safety gear; home and cooking inventory along with bed linen. Extra towels could be required form the charter company so all you need to take is clothing and swimming gear. Choose clothing in line with weather conditions while sun screen and basic medicines are always good to have. Suggested sailing clothes and hats should be made of breathable and water-resistant but comfortable materials, preferably UV protected. Quality sunglasses should also be UV protective and equipped with polarization layer protecting your eyes not only from sun rays but from the wind as well.

Regardless of the charter period it is recommended to take some windproof and weatherproof clothes as well as shoes with non-marking soles, such as sneakers, boat shoes, non marking running sneakers etc. High heels and boots are not allowed aboard a sailing boat or a motor boat.  Popular flip-flops are to be warn onboard with extra care because of danger of twisting ankles or breaking toes in case of collision with deck equipment. Bare feet walking up and down the deck requires extra care too.  

Keep in mind that yachts have very limited storage space so light sport bags and soft sided suitcases such as duffel bag are highly recommended rather than large rigid and shock-resistant suitcases. Some agencies provide luggage storage service ashore so check out the availability of such service in advance.

Food and drinks

Since every boat is equipped with galley and cooker there is no need to be afraid of starvation. Only you have to do is to get enough supplies. Provision for your sailing trip could optionally be managed by charter agency staff while well equipped supermarkets are usually situated close to marina. Depending on your mood and affinity you may eat in the restaurant, prepare your own meals onboard or combine. Suggested manner is to get enough supplies to prepare breakfast and light lunch onboard and finish the day at the local restaurant. Keep in mind that galleys have limited abilities but a good chef is capable to prepare delicious food in frugal conditions. Suggested dishes for lunch would be simple food such as pasta, risottos, salads and sandwiches, while the dinner could be fabulous if you like to taste local delicates. Make sure that you always have enough fresh drinking water onboard because the sun radiation combined with wind make you thirsty very quickly. The water from water tanks is fine for cooking and washing but not for drinking. Carbonated or alcohol beverage drinks are to be consumed with extra care due to the strong sun radiation and weather conditions.

Emergency at sea and communication

Procedures in case of the emergency at sea differ depending of the nature of the accident. All necessary procedures could be found explained in detail within the manual on radio communication which is mandatory equipment at every yacht. Basically, channel 16 VHF is used for broadcasting distress calls. Furthermore, the universal emergency phone number is 112, while National Maritime Rescue Coordination Center (MRCC) could be reached by toll-free telephone number 9155 for all calls from fixed and mobile telephones.

Minor malfunctions or accidents should be reported on the emergency number provided by the charter company when chartering the boat. Optionally, some charter agencies provide charterers internal mobile phones reserved for emergency calls to the charter base.

Usual communication with marina and port authorities when approaching and landing is taking part via VHF channel 17. Additional information is available through telephone numbers available in onboard navigation pilots, handbooks or through the internet.

First aid kit

Every chartered boat has to be equipped with proper first aid kit provided by charter company, but sometimes those kits are not to be trusted. For your security and relaxed holidays make sure that you take your own first aid kit containing sterile bandages, bands, surgeons tape and sticking plaster of all sizes; liquid and spray antiseptics; antihistamines and analgesics; multivitamins and multi-minerals and activated carbon. The use of pills against sea-sickness is disputable because the side effects they produce – sleepiness and drowsiness. Suggested help against sea-sickness would be special wrist bands for that purpose.

What you need to know about Croatia:

General information

We are located in the heart of Europe on the beautiful Adriatic coast. Croatia became a member of the European Unionin in 2013. It is a country of 1,185 islands, islets and reefs, mostly uninhabited and preserved, perfect for sailing holidays. Some of the best-known resort towns along the Dalmatian coast are Dubrovnik, Split, Zadar, Sibenik, Poreč and Trogir. All of them are listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Over the past few years, Croatia has become more interesting to tourists and sailors worldwide, mostly due to more than 1000 islands and islets which make this area an ideal sailing destination with all its cultural and natural diversity – UNESCO-protected sites such as Dubrovnik, Trogir or Split, the Renaissance architecture of Hvar or Korcula, typical unspoiled Dalmatian villages on islands Vis or Brac, natural park on Mljet island…these sites make only few highlights on your sailing itinerary.

Ideal position on the east coast of the Adriatic makes Croatia a country easy to reach by boat, plane, train or car (within driving distance from most European countries such as Austria, Italy, Germany or France). Come and sail with us!

Currency

The official currency in Croatia is the kuna [HRK].

Foreign currencies can be exchanged in exchange offices, banks, post offices, most marinas, tourist agencies and hotels.
Check for the official exchange rate: www.hnb.hr

All major credit cards (VISA, Master Card, AMEX, Diners) are accepted in shops and most restaurants.

** Story of KUNA (English: Marten) :  In early times, marten skin were used as unit of trade. In 1256, marten was shown for the first time on a Croatian coin.

Climate

The Dalmatian coast and islands have a Mediterranean type of climate with mild winters and hot, sunny summers, sometimes disturbed by thundery rain showers. During  July and August, it can be very hot (up to 38 degrees C). June and September are best months for sailing if you prefer to avoid excessive heat, and also in May and October on the Dalmatian Coast. Additional information on the weather in Croatia can be found at www.meteo.hr and weather forecast for the Adriatic.

Winds

Croatian winds can be characterized as being light to moderate from September to June, while July and August are generally calm. During periods of high pressure, the Adriatic displays the classic rhythms of winds from the sea during the day and breeze from land at night.

The bora (bura) and sirocco (siroko) are the most characteristic winds of the Adriatic and are primarily responsible for weather patterns. They mainly blow from October to April. The maestral, blowing from the sea, and the burin, blowing from the mainland, are most common in the summer months.

Prevailing winds at the Adriatic

The Bura is a cold and dry north-easterly wind that basically blows from the continent, i.e. from the eastern side of the Adriatic towards the open sea, usually bringing bright weather and excellent visibility. It starts abruptly and blows in squalls toward the sea. It is strongest in the Velebit Channel and the Gulf of Trieste while its typical corridors are at Kvarner, Senj and Pag region, the channel between Makarska and Hvar island; and the slopes of Pelješac peninsula.  Although the bura is primarily a winter wind, it blows throughout the year, especially in the morning, reaching an average speed of 11 m/ s. Because it blows from the mountain slopes towards the sea, it comes most often from the northeast, respectively, from NNE, NE or ENE. On the open sea, the bura often changes to Northwestern direction. In the summer the bura blows as a local wind and then lasts only a few days. In the winter it may continue for six to fourteen days. Sailing during Bura means that there will be no lack of excitement, because this is really a great challenge that requires prudence and caution both regarding preparations of the boat and in terms of the team. Sailing in small sailboats during Bura is recommended only for really excellent sailors.

The Jugo is a warm, humid east-southeast wind. It is accompanied by heavy clouds and rain. It is not a sudden wind like the bura but takes 36-38 hours to develop. It blows throughout the Adriatic. In the summer it may appear as a local wind and is more frequent in the southern part of the Adriatic. Between March and June it blows in the north as well. Its characteristics are that it blows without interruption and gradually increases. It produces beautiful, long waves without noise and foam. Only when Jugo is strong the waves hit the coast and move noisily back into the open sea, reaching gale-force in the winter. It gives all sailors the special experience of dynamic navigation on the sea with constant wind-filled sails.

The Maestral is thermal daily wind coming as the result of a difference between higher air temperature above the mainland and lower air temperature above the sea.  It usually blows during the summer when the atmosphere is stabile, starting between 10 and 11 AM, reaching its peak in the afternoon and dying at sunset. Sailors at the Adriatic adore this wind because it is constant, not too heavy and provides relaxed and smooth sailing.

*The variants of these major winds would be Tramontana – similar to Bura, but more northerly wind; Burin – summer thermal wind that blows from the mainland before the sunset, as the answer to the daily Maestral; Pulenat and Lebić which blow from west and south-west and could occasionally be accompanied by huge waves.

What is Croatian tourist tax

The Croatian tourist tax is official  tax that must be paid by each visitor on holiday in Croatia. It is a one time payment of 7 kunas/person/day (approximately 1 EUR/person/day) made in advance of embarkation (usually at check-in).

Children under 12 years of age and disable persons are exempt from the tourist tax.

Average prices for berths in marinas

In Croatia there are approximately 40 marinas, 21 of which are members of the Adriatic Croatia International Club

At present, the daily rate to berth a 10-meter yacht can vary between 21 and 41 EUR. A mooring must be vacated by 2 p.m., or another day’s fee will be charged. Most marinas update their price list near the end of January.

Please check the current prices at www.aci-club.hr for most Croatian marinas, or for private marinas, please check their web sites.

Can we sail to Italy

* This option is possible to be contracted only upon timely placed request when booking.

Weather in Croatia

The Dalmatian coast and islands have a Mediterranean type of climate with mild winters and hot, sunny summers, sometimes interrupted by thundery rain showers. During the months of July and August it can be very hot (38 degrees or more). June and September are best months if you prefer to avoid excessive heat, and on the Dalmatian Coast May and October as well. More on the weather in Croatia can be found at www.meteo.hr and weather forecast for the Adriatic.

Croatian winds can be characterized as being light to moderate from September to June with occasional storms, while July and August are generally calm with more frequent storms. During periods of high pressure, the Adriatic displays the classic rhythms of winds from the sea during the day and winds from land during the night.

Weather reports are broadcast on these channels at the following times (UTC):

Rijeka Radio VHF (channel 24):
0535, 1435, 1935

Split Radio VHF (channels 07, 21, 23, 28):
0545, 1245, 1945

Dubrovnik Radio VHF (channels 04, 07):
0625, 1320, 2120