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. Croatia’s Adriatic archipelago consists of three main regions, northern, central, and southern Adriatic. The North Adriatic is Istria and Kvarner, the Middle Adriatic is north and central Dalmatia (Zadar, Šibenik, Split), and the southern Adriatic is south Dalmatia (Dubrovnik).
Croatia is one of the most famous destinations for vacation and bareboat yacht charter.
Bareboat sailing in Croatia is an excellent choice for experienced sailors, but as well for beginners. The nearest islands’ distance is about an hour to an hour and a half of sailing, which does not require long and extensive preparation. Sailing in Croatia is considered safe as, in the bad weather, you can always berth in a safe harbor on time. Of course, with continuous keep track of the weather.
The mild and pleasant Mediterranean climate’s influence 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 islands’ facilities, like marinas and restaurants, are closed, 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, the most frequent are western and southwestern winds. In the low season, April, May, October, prices are much lower, and much fewer boats.
Skipper qualification for bareboat rental
The skipper must possess sailing and navigational experience adequate to the boat size and tonnage to charter a bareboat sailing yacht, catamaran, or motorboat in Croatia. Besides experience, it is necessary to have a skipper qualification/license.
In addition to skipper qualification, the VHF licence is required. The VHF licence can have as well one of the crew members. To check if your licence is adequate for a bareboat yacht charter in Croatia, please send us the licence scan by email or check the Recognized certificates for operating boats and yachts.
Croatia has one of the biggest charter fleets in the world. More than 4000 different types of boats and yachts are available for rental. For bareboat monohull rental in Croatia, sailboats up to 65` and catamarans up to 52` are available.
When chartering a bareboat yacht, you take full responsibility as a skipper for yourself, your crew, and the boat. Before sailing, we recommend planning the sailing itinerary according to the weather forecast and making the food provision. There are markets and shops on all of the inhabited islands in Croatia. Therefore, it is unnecessary 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.