Croatia is one of the most famous destinations for vacation and bareboat yacht charter.
Thanks to its indented coast, there are over 1000 islands, islets, rocks and bays on the Adriatic. Most of the islands are not permanently populated during the year. The Adriatic archipelago of Croatia is divided into the northern, central and southern Adriatic. The northern Adriatic is Istria and Kvarner, the middle Adriatic is northern and central Dalmatia, and the southern Adriatic is southern Dalmatia.
Bareboat sailing in Croatia is great choice for experienced sailors as well for those with less experience. The distance between the nearest islands is about hour to hour and a half of sailing, which does not require long and extensive preparation. Sailing in Croatia is considered to be safe as in the case of the bad weather, you can always berth in a safe harbor on time. Of course, with continuous keep track of the weather.
The influence of the Mediterranean climate makes sailing in Croatia and the Adriatic possible throughout the year. Charter season is running from April to November. Bareboat sailing is also possible outside this period, noting that most of the vessels are under maintenance and service during the winter. Out of charter season, most of the facilities on the islands, like marinas and restaurants are close, but you can berth in the city ports.
Weather conditions for sailing vary by season. Spring and autumn are characterized mainly by north and south winds, while in the summer most frequent are western and southwestern winds. In the off-peak season, April, May, October, prices are much lower and also much less boats at sea.
To charter a bareboat sailing yacht or motor boat in Croatia skipper must possess sailing and navigational experience adequate to the boat size and tonnage. Besides experience, it is necessary to have a skipper qualification / license.
In addition to skipper qualification, obligatory is VHF license. VHF license can have as well one of the crew members, unnecessary a skipper. To check license validity please send us the license scan by email or check the Recognized certificates for operating boats and yachts.
In Croatia is possible to charter bareboat mono hulls even up to 65` and catamarans up to 52`, but not all of them since some yachts are available only with the professional skipper/crew.
For most of the sailing and power catamarans above 45` is necessary for the skipper to have a license, which is equal to Yacht Master up to 100 BT. Besides skipper with Yacht Master one more crew member should have basic skipper license.
When chartering a bareboat yacht you are taking full responsibility as a skipper for yourself, your crew and the boat. Before sailing out we recommend you to plan the sailing itinerary according to the weather forecast and do the food provision. On all of the inhabited islands in Croatia you will find markets and shops. Therefore, it is not necessary to buy groceries in advance for the whole week, for the first two or three days is advisable.
Several useful sailing routes suggestions you can check here Sailing routes suggestions.