Bareboat sailing in Croatia

Bareboat sailing in Croatia

What you should know about bareboat sailing in Croatia?

Sailing area and weather

Croatia is one of the most famous destinations for vacation, yacht charter, and bareboat sailing holidays. Not only in the Mediterranean but also in the world.

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, middle, 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. The most popular destinations on the coast to start the sailing holidays in Croatia are Pula, Zadar, Šibenik, Trogir, Split, Dubrovnik.

Bareboat sailing in Croatia is a great choice for experienced sailors as well as those with less experience since the Adriatic archipelago is also suitable for beginners. The distance between the nearest islands is about 1 – 1.5 hours of sailing, which does not require long and extensive preparation. Sailing in Croatia is considered to be safe as in the case of unfavorable weather conditions, 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.


Yachts for charter in Croatia

There are over 3000 vessels for charter in Croatia, available for rental as a bareboat, skippered, and crewed. Most of them are sailing boats, then catamarans, motor yachts, and gulets.

Sailing boats (monohulls) and catamarans are available from all major European ship manufacturers, Beneteau, Jeanneau, Bavaria, Dufour, Catana, Elan, Lagoon, Fountain Pajot. But also Croatian brands like Salona, ​​More, D&D Kufner.

The basic condition for bareboat sailing and yacht charter is that the skipper holds a valid skipper’s license and a VHF (radio) license. In some cases when renting larger vessels, it is a requirement that in addition to the skipper with a license, another person on board has a license with a basic skipper course.

For most of the vessels area of ​​navigation is within the territorial waters of the Republic of Croatia, while some charter companies, under certain conditions, also offer bareboat vessels outside the Republic of Croatia. This gives you the possibility of sailing to Italy or Montenegro.

Charter duration

The standard yacht charter period is Saturday – Saturday, 7, 14, or more days. However, during the off-season, it is possible to rent a boat for 3-4 days or a weekend. Short charter is also possible in high season but for very last-minute inquiries.

One of the most important points of a bareboat trip is to plan a sailing route. A large number of islands in Croatia provide many options for setting up the ideal route. First of all, chose the most suitable departure base. In recent years, the number of flights from various airline destinations in Europe, as well as from the USA and Canada has increased. This way planning and accessibility have become much easier.

Besides departure and return of the vessel to the same base, ONE WAY charter is also possible. This means you can take the boat in one base, and leave at the end in another base. This route primarily refers to one-way sailing Split – Dubrovnik or vice versa. Of course, not all companies offer this form of rental, and there is a mandatory charge for ONE WAY fee.


Security deposit – insurance

When renting a bareboat, the charterer is obliged to leave a security deposit at check in. The amount of the security deposit depends on the size and value of the vessel, typically € 1000-5000. The security deposit is returned at check out completely if there is no damage to the vessel caused by the skipper or his crew. More about check in/out procedure.

It is advisable for each skipper to arrange skipper insurance with one of the insurance companies. One of the best known in Europe is the Yacht pool Intentional. Although, even when you have skipper insurance, you will leave a security deposit at check in. In case of damage settlement, with the proper documentation and invoice, you can get a refund for the paid insurance claim. If you are planning a bareboat sailing trip to Croatia, please feel free to contact us, we will be happy to assist you!

Useful links:
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