FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Sailing and yacht charter in Croatia
Below is the list of the most usual questions asked by our clients regarding sailing in Croatia, bareboat, skippered or crewed yacht charter.
Please also do not hesitate to contact us directly with any question that you will have.
Before choosing the boat answer the following questions:
- Does your group consist of pairs who can share the same cabin, or do some crew members require a separate cabin?
- What are your comfort requirements - would you like to charter a sailboat or catamaran?
- Would you mind if someone from you would have to sleep in the saloon area which is a common living space?
- Do you require a skipper or not? If you need skipper's services, bear in mind that the skipper sleeps on board as well, so one of the berths, ideally a cabin should belong to him.
- If you plan to go bareboat do you have required licenses - check if it is listed here?
In Croatia, the sailing yachts are chartered from one Saturday afternoon to other Saturday morning. However, in case you would desire to take a several days' long sailing trip in the off-season (October - April), this can be organized, and the price is then calculated according to the number of days spent onboard as shown in our price list here. This is also possible in last-minute options, in case some boat is available. During the high season (in June, July and August, as well as in September and May), we cannot deviate from our weekly charter system (Saturday - Saturday charter), since these are the busiest months for us and most weeks are sold out well in advance, therefore, the price is unlikely to be flexible and you would usually be charged for a full week of the charter.
In the case of a bareboat charter, the client must be in possession of a certificate of competence in order to charter a boat. It is also a legal requirement that one person on board is qualified for operation with the VHF station. If you are not sure whether the license you have is valid for bareboat charter in Croatia check if it is listed here.
You can book the boat in advance but with the mutual agreement that you will obtain the required certificates by the moment of checking-in on the boat otherwise, the paid deposit is forfeit.
In case you have no sailing experience at all or you do not possess the sailing license, you are obliged to hire a skipper in order to charter the boat in Croatia. Sometimes, if not often, even very experienced sailors hire a professional skipper, because they are not familiar with the local waters and in order to make their cruise more relaxing. You can also benefit from the skippers' local knowledge – they are well acquainted with the Adriatic region and will be able to suggest you the most interesting places for swimming and fun, as well as numerous restaurants. We can reserve the skipper for you or you can hire him yourself in case you have some recommendations.
The skipper costs 150 € per day plus you are responsible to provide his meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner. When planning your provisions on board you need to include the skipper in all meal plans, while when going out in the restaurant, you can either take the skipper with you or he can go by himself and you can cover the bill afterwards or give him an upfront stipend in the amount of 30€/day.
When choosing a boat you need to ensure that your party plus the skipper fits in the max number of berths onboard (and max number of the persons allowed onboard). Please bear in mind that you cannot expect the skipper to share a cabin with someone from your party. It is highly recommended that you charter a larger boat and provide the skipper with his own cabin, but in case your budget doesn't allow it you can have the skipper sleeping in the saloon provided that it can be transformed into the sleeping area. In this case, consider the saloon his private area and ensure that he has enough time to sleep and to rest
Hostess's duties on the boat include cleaning, preparing breakfast and light lunch, shopping for groceries. The daily fee for her services is 125€ for up to 6 guests and 150€ for more than 6 guests plus you are also responsible to cover her meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Apart from the fees paid directly to us (boat rent, charter pack, requested extras) when planning your budget you need to consider the following costs as well:
FUEL - dependant on the motor usage, ca. 5 litres per hour multiplied by the price of diesel fuel which amounts ca. 1,5 € per litre and further multiplied by 3 hours of average daily motor usage (calculated on the basis of our past experience) it amounts up to ca. 150€ - 200€ per week for monohulls and 250€ for the catamaran.
MOORING FEES – The price of the berth per day ranges from ca. 20 € to 200 €, depending on the size and type of the boat and the mooring place and type. More about different berth options and mooring fees you can find here.
SECURITY DEPOSIT payable either in cash or by preauthorization on VISA OR MASTER credit card, which you pay during check-in, covers the possible boat, equipment and inventory damage. In case of boat damage or equipment loss, the amount of the caused damage is paid with the deposit money, whereas higher amounts are covered by the insurance company. If the boat has returned undamaged, the deposit will be returned to you in full amount. When you hire a skipper, he will be responsible for all the damage caused while manoeuvring, mooring or anchoring the vessel, but you are obliged to leave the deposit as well to cover possible damage caused by you.
FOOD - You are supposed to take care of your own feeding, preparing meals either on the boat or eating out. Upon check-in, on the boat or prior to your arrival in the marina we suggest that you buy some provisions (at least drinking water) in the supermarket, but certainly not making loads of provisions since on each island you do have both shops and supermarkets working even on Sundays till late. Not to mention numerous little restaurants offering delicious local and international specialities at moderate prices.
All the services in Croatia are paid in Kuna either in cash or by credit cards. In the marinas and some tourist offices, even the Euros are accepted. In all marinas, restaurants and shops in the bigger places on the islands, you can pay by credit card, while in ports, cafés, restaurants and shops in small places and bays mostly only cash is accepted therefore you need to calculate the cash needed dependable on your planned route. Kunas you can withdraw from cash machines or bank offices which are to be found on the islands as well.
Apart from your personal preferences, this depends very much on the time of the season you are coming. Generally, we can advise the following:
IN ANY SEASON
Sunblock, hat, sunglasses with straps, waterproof pouches for mobile phone and camera, medicaments that you usually use, soft shoes, windproof jacket, soft bags
IN HIGH SEASON
Swimsuit, t-shirts, shorts, sandals, flip-flops, light summer dresses, light shirts
IN LOW SEASON
Fleece jacket, sweater, warm trousers, and wet weather gear
TRAVELLING WITH CHILDREN
Favourite movies or cartoons on DVDs, board games, music, books
THINGS RECOMMENDED NOT BRINGING WITH YOU
Hard suitcases, high heels, hard shoes, very fine clothes
Avoid bringing valuable items such us golden necklaces, watches, earrings etc. In case you finally decide to have such things with you, remember to check if you have everything before you leave the yacht. Two pairs of soft boat shoes should be our recommendation. If possible, do not bring with you hard suitcases. The storing space on board is limited and such suitcases are difficult to be stored. It should be much better to use soft fabric bags. They can be easily folded and stored anywhere.
sheets, blankets, pillows, pillowcases and towels
Children can go sailing with you at an early age (this is said on the basis of our own experience) in fact there is no age limit, however, their stay onboard should be closely monitored by adults. We provide lifejacket for children as well, and they need to wear them all the time onboard. You should also consider choosing shorter routes and visiting marinas more frequently due to the safer berthing as well as comfort.
This certainly depends on the length of your charter and your preferences, like if you are more in sightseeing and exploring the new area or you just want relaxed boating holidays without the pressure to see as much as possible. On our pages at http://croatia-charter.hr/sailing-routes-croatia we suggest five routes, choosing any of them you will make no mistake, but we certainly recommend discussing this matter further with us after explaining us your preferences.
Charters commence on Saturday afternoon and end on Friday evening, with departure from the yacht on Saturday morning. And normally, your yacht will not be available before 17.00 p.m., as some hours are necessary to prepare it properly for your charter. However, we always do our best to deliver the yacht to our customers before the above mentioned time. In case your arrival is earlier than your boarding time, a short visit to the town (the old town is 15minutes walking from our marina and in our blog post about Split you can find some ideas what to see, what to do and where to eat, check here) or a drink at a bar around the marina is our recommendation. Your luggage may stay safe with us.
You are kindly requested to avoid the "semi - embarkation" during the preparation of the yacht. In any case, you are advised to inform us about your arrival time (whatever it is) so that we try to arrange check-ins on all the boats in the most efficient manner, which means making it earlier with those coming earlier and later with those coming later.
Should you arrive late in the evening, when there is no daylight it is possible that we let you onboard but postpone the check-in on Sunday morning unless you insist that we do it on Saturday late evening.
We also offer priority boarding service (boarding by 1 pm) at an extra charge of 100€, but there is a limited number of priority boardings that we can organize so please inform us about your interest in this service as early as possible.
You should return at the base marina on Friday till 18:00 p.m. and spend your last night there. The yacht must be redelivered around 08.00 am next morning clean and with the full fuel tank.
Along with sending you a receipt for the final payment we send you a link to fill the crew list online and send to us at least a couple of days prior to the commencement of your charter. You are obliged to fill in all the data requested as it is requested by the authorities. The number of the persons onboard should correspond with the number of the persons on the crew list. Changes of the crew are possible – however, this should be indicated in advance, before embarkation, so make several crew lists, on which the dates of changes as well information on people joining or leaving the crew will be specified. During the check-in, we will provide you with the verified crew list/lists. In case the crew suddenly changes during the cruise, without previous notice, the guests are obliged to contact and inform us about the changes in order for us to verify the new crew list. The new list can then be sent to you by email. In the case of control on the sea, the guests have to present the new crew list, although they are obliged to keep the old one as well.
We do not allow pets onboard. The reason is that we find that the time between two charters on Saturdays is too short to have the boats properly cleaned after the pets.
The climate at the Dalmatian coast and islands is typically a Mediterranean one, with mild rainy winters, sunny, hot and dry summers, The air temperature changes depending on the area, it is generally warmer towards the south. Thus, summer temperatures in July and August will be about 34°C in the northern part, while in the southern part they will rise even to 38°C. In the winter, on the north of Adriatic, the coldest temperatures are noticed down to -16°C, while in the southern part they will not have exceeded 6°C. Light to moderate winds with few storms prevails until June and from September while July and August are calm only sometimes disturbed by thundery rain showers. Generally speaking on Dalmatian coast May, June, September and October are best months for sailing holidays in Croatia for those who prefer to avoid excessive heat and crowds while July and August are for those looking for real summer holidays with a lot of swimming and sunbathing.
More information on the weather in Croatia can be found at www.meteo.hr while here you can find daily mean temperatures in Split per each day of the year.
The coastal radio stations broadcast weather reports in Croatian and English several times a day. The reports include a general weather situation report, messages and the forecast for the following 24 hours.
Weather reports are broadcasted at the following times (in UTC; UTC + 1 h = CET; CET + 1 h = CE summer time):
Rijeka Radio - VHF Channel 24 - 05.35 ,14.35, 19.35
Split Radio - VHF Channels 21, 23, 07, 28 - 05.45, 12.45, 19.45
Dubrovnik Radio - VHF Channels - 04, 07 - 06.25,13.20, 21.20
Constant weather forecasts on VHF - transmitters for the Croatian coastal region are provided in Croatian, English, Italian and German every ten minutes, and are updated at 7:00, 13:00 and 19:00 (local time). The summary presents an overview of the weather, a short forecast for the next 24 hours and information on air pressure.
VHF ch. 73 for northern Adriatic/ western coast of Istria
VHF ch. 69 for northern Adriatic/ eastern part
VHF ch. 67 for central Adriatic / eastern part
VHF ch. 73 for southern Adriatic / eastern part
In case of damage, defect or any other need there is an organized sea rescue service that helps you.
The Republic of Croatia is a signatory of the International Convention on Maritime Search and Rescue, and as such is part of the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System- GMDSS.
The National Maritime Rescue Coordination Center Rijeka (MRCC RIJEKA) provides a 24 hour watch service, and in terms of jurisdiction of the Center, this includes the region of internal marine waters, territorial waters of the Republic of Croatia (marine belt wide 12 nautical miles from the shoreline towards the open sea) and the region of international waters as confirmed in treaties with neighbouring states and as reported to the International Maritime Organization (IMO).
Internal maritime waters and territorial marine waters are divided into sub-regions, for which the sub-centers are responsible alongside the MRCC RIJEKA. Beside the Maritime Centre, on 24-hour duty eight harbour headquarters are available, their branch offices, coastal radio-stations, lighthouses and a rescue unit.
24-hour duty is established on VHF canals 10 and 16, while at the Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre the phone number 9115 is available for all needs at sea (calls from abroad +385 51 9115). A phone operator also answers the GMDSS calls.
In Croatia there is also a single emergency number 112.
In case you need help on yours or somebody other's boat, it is necessary to inform one of these services as soon as possible. Besides the phone number 9115, radiofrequency and GMDSS, it is useful to have the phone numbers of the harbour headquarters:
- Pula - 052 222 037
- Rijeka - 051 214 031
- Senj - 053 881 301
- Zadar - 023 433 778
- Šibenik - 022 217 214
- Split - 021 362 436
- Ploče - 020 679 008
- Dubrovnik - 020 418 989
You can always contact these numbers not for help only, but also for the weather forecast information.
The Adriatic Sea has a very marked annual change of the surface temperature. The average annual temperature is 11°C. During the winter, the sea is the coldest and the surface temperature is about 7°C; very seldom, it can drop below that too. In the spring, the sea becomes warmer, and the surface temperature rises to 18°C. In the summer the surface of the sea reaches a very high temperature, of up to 22 to 25°C, and in the southern Adriatic and Istria up to 27°C. The current sea temperature you can check here, while below there are monthly means of the sea temperature in Split area from April till October, the months of the charter season in Croatia:
APRIL - 15°C
MAY - 18°C
JUNE - 21°C
JULY - 24°C
AUGUST - 25°C
SEPTEMBER - 23°C
OCTOBER - 20°C
IMPORTANT! The above values are averages of the month what means that in months preceding the peak of the season (15.07.-15.08.) the sea temperatures are lower than average in the beginning of the month and higher than average in the end of the month while in the months after the peak of the season the sea temperatures are falling down towards the end of the month.
In the Adriatic, there are several kinds of winds while the main winds are BURA (BORA) and JUGO (SCIROCCO) which prevail in the period from September to May, while the prevailing summer wind is MAESTRAL.
TRAMONTANA - The name of this wind is derived from Latin - transmontanus- meaning across the mountains. It is a type of bora (but not so strong), a northerly cold wind of moderate strength that usually forms in clear and nice weather.
BURIN - A north-easterly, blows in the summer from the mainland.
BURA - The bora is a cold and dry north-easterly wind. It brings bright weather. The bora starts abruptly and blows in squalls toward the sea. It is strongest in the Velebit Channel. In Croatia blows predominately in the winter and may last for six to fourteen days and in that period it reaches stormy speeds of up to 300 km/h. In the summer the bora blows as a local wind lasts only a few days and it blows in much lighter speeds, predominately in the night time when the land cools down.
LEVANAT - An easterly type of bora
JUGO - 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 bora 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.
LEBIĆ - A south-westerly, humid and warm wind. In the summertime brings freshness while in the winter rain and snow. It is rising across the Adriatic after Jugo, doesn't last long. Announced by extremely high tides it gives poor visibility and it might give violent squalls (lebicada). It is dangerous in shallow harbours that are open to the south-west because of wave “crossing” and rising of the sea surface.
PULENAT - A westerly wind, starts suddenly, doesn't blow often or long but in winter time can reach significant strength. It brings short lasting but heavy rain, creates high and long waves, extremely unpleasant and dangerous, especially in the longitudinal channels.
MAESTRAL - A local wind which blows from the sea, mostly in the summer - the strongest is in July and August and very much looked forward by the sailors who have their sailing holidays in that period. It usually starts between 10 and 11 in the morning and reaches its greatest strength between 2 and 3 in the afternoon to die down at sunset. It brings good weather and it is usually accompanied by white clouds.
A deposit insurance/deposit waiver cost for each boat is specified in our price list here. There is a refundable and non-refundable part of the deposit waiver. They both need to be paid in cash. Refundable part is refunded by check-out if no damage. If you are interested in getting one for your charter you need to inform us about that at least a few days in advance so we can have it arranged with our insurance house.
The cost of cancellation is actually the amount you have paid to us till the cancellation. By booking confirmation you pay 50% of the boat charter price while the other 50% you need to pay 4 weeks before the start of your charter. That is to say, if you cancel after you have paid the initial 50% until you pay other 50% the cost of cancellation is that 50 % you have already paid while if you cancel after you have done the second payment, the other 50%, the cost of cancellation is entire boat charter price. We, therefore, by contract signing, suggest you buy a cancellation insurance policy in your country to cover your cancellation in case of justified, insured reasons. The reason for the strict cancellation policy is dictated by the high cost involved in charter industry (boat price, maintenance costs, marina fees...) where each booked week is important to us and it is either not easy to find the substitute in the last minute and we have lost many potential clients while we held the boat for you.
Diving is subject to set rules and regulations and the Statute of the Croatian Diving Association. At present, laws prescribe that diving in Croatia may be done independently or organised through registered diving centres (irrespective whether Croatian based or foreign). Appropriate permits need to be obtained (annual diving passes 100 HRK) and annual individual permits for independent diving activities (2400 HRK). You also need to be in possession of valid diver`s card issued by Croatian Diving Federation. This license can be obtained if you have valid diver`s brevet that was issued by an international diving association (IDD, UDI, CMAS, MDEA, PADI…). For recreational diving purposes at registered diving centres, it is sufficient to obtain a pass and valid brevet. Diving in Adriatic is forbidden without a valid license.
Dives at certain zones are prohibited unless organised through registered diving centres with diving guides as they are sites protected by the Ministry of Culture.
Diving is banned in the Brijuni and Krka NationalParks, in the vicinity of harbours, and within nature parks and wildlife reservations, e.g. the Lim Fjord, the Mali Ston Bay and the Telaščica Nature Park. Diving is also prohibited around/near (under 100 m) military vessels at anchor and protected military facilities along the coast.
Diving within the zones of Kornati and Mljet National Parks is limited; permits are issued by the park management. For diving around the Islands of Vis, Biševo, Svetac, Brusnik, Sušak, Lastovo, Palagruža, and within a 300 m perimeter around the sunken ships Szent Istvan, Coriolanus, Baron Gautsch, S-57 and sites at Žirje and Cavtat permits need to be obtained from local offices of the Ministry of Culture.
Fines for prohibited diving may be up to 15,000 HRK.
For legal recreational fishing, valid fishing license is required. The license can be obtained online at the following link https://ribarstvo.mps.hr/default.aspx?id=5010 . Please note that the fishing is forbidden in National Parks – when obtaining the license you will receive the list the zones that are off the fishing limits as well as the list of allowed fishing tools.
Croatia uses standard European 2 point plug and the electricity is 220 V. Mobile chargers can be used on board with the usual 220 V plug while you are in a marina on a shore power connection. When sailing you can use the car phone charger that can be plugged into the 12 V cigarette lighter on board or inverter. There is also an 300W inverter (a device that changes direct current (DC) to alternating current (AC) on each boat.
On all boats there are:
- Italian Moka pot - click here to see the photo
- French press - click here to see the photo
- Turkish coffee pot - click here to see the photo
- Pot, plastic and paper filters for filtered coffee - click here, here and here to see the photos
On a catamaran, there is also
-Dolce Gusto coffee machine
Seasickness is a form of motion sickness. If you tend to get motion sick when travelling by car, bus, train or plane you might also experience seasickness while on the sailboat. Following a few simple rules you can prevent seasickness: take a pill against seasickness a half an hour before you set sails, stay outside while sailing and look in the distance, don't read books or magazines, don't read from your phone, don't consume the food and drinks that irritate the stomach either before or during sailing.
If you are bareboating you need to check the weather forecast regularly and adjust your route accordingly. Adriatic is a generally calm sea, the distances between the islands are short and there are many protected bays and harbours to hide from rough weather.
If you are going with the paid skipper, the skipper will do his best to avoid the rough seas by choosing the appropriate route or if very rough stay in the place where you happen to find yourself until the weather calms enough to sail out.