Yachting Croatia

FAQ

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. Please contact Yachting in Croatia team in case you need any information on skipper or you want to hire one. Skipper's services are paid separately from the charter fee. 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. Gulets and luxury yachts are considered a crewed vessels and crew remuneration is included in the price of charter.

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.

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.

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.

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. 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. Keep in mind that yachts have very limited storage space so light sport bags and soft sided suitcases 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.

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.          

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 30 days prior to boat embarkation. For bookings within 60 days of departure, the total charter fee should be paid.

Payment options
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.