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Charter Tips & Info

Reading the Yacht charter Tips and info guide will enable you to prepare for smoother and faster check in and understand how the check in/ out procedure is handled at the yacht charter base.

When is the best time for sailing in Croatia

Sailing season in Croatia opens in early April and closes end of October. 

If you are a keen sailor and looking for fewer crowds! The ideal time is late spring, early summer (April – June) and early fall (September, October).

During this period climate is mild, sea calm, it’s easy to find a spot in the marinas and prices are lower. 

High season, July and August are ideal for swimming and various water sports activities, social events, music and film festivals are on its peak during this period.

How to book a yacht

If you know which yacht model you want and can find it through our online search engine, please send an inquiry and we will reply with the offer, additional information, and details.

If you are not sure which yacht model, you would like to charter, please send your inquiry with more details through our contact form and we will reply with offers and suggestions.

To confirm the booking, please send written confirmation per email. When you confirm the booking, we will place an option (preliminary booking) on the yacht and send you the Booking agreement with payment details.

Once You set the advance payment for the boat, we will fix the booking. When chartering a bareboat very important is to make sure that you have valid skipper and VHF certificate.

To check if you skipper certificates are valid in Croatia you can send us a copy of your skipper certificate per email info@secret-adriatic.com or check on the link Recognized certificates for operating boats and yachts

Besides basic services and equipment, we can organize the transfers, additional equipment such as water toys ( paddleboards, Kayaks, Windsurf, Adrenalin pack,  additional sails…), skipper, hostess, chef, deckhand.

If you are interested in additional equipment, we suggest booking it in advance since some of the items are limited to the stock.

Payment terms 50% up to 7 days after you confirm your booking and 50% 6 weeks prior to the charter. Booking payment is to be set on the Bank account of Secret Adriatic d.o.o. stated on the Booking agreement, if not agreed differently. When a charter is fully paid, you will receive the Boarding Pass which you need to show on check-in.


When arriving by plane, you can pick up a taxi from the airport to drive you to the yacht charter base, or you can simply let us organize your transportation.


In almost all marinas on the Adriatic, parking places are secure for its visitors.

The approximate weekly charge is 50-70 Eur/car/week.

If you are arriving with a bus or camper, we advise to inform the marina from which you are sailing out and ask if possible to reserve the parking place.

Charter tips and info

Check in procedure - Arrival at the base

Yacht charter tips & info

Prior to your arrival, you will receive the Base info with the destination address and instructions on how to locate and reach the yacht charter base where your boat is waiting for you to board it.

Arriving at the charter base at the agreed time is very important since you probably will not be the only clients taking their sailboat over that day. If you arrive earlier than agreed, you can spend that extra time sightseeing or having lunch.

You can also go grocery shopping. However, if you are late for your agreed time, be sure to let the charter base staff know when can they expect you. In case you are arriving later than opening hours, you can get on board. Check in procedure/paperwork will arrive the next morning.

Do not forget your original documents, passport or ID and very important Skipper licenses you must have in original with you on the check-in and onboard while sailing.  Please submit the crew list prior to your arrival, this can speed us your check-in procedure.

On check-in, leave a security deposit for the boat or damage waiver (if offered by the charter company), in cash or by credit card and to pay for the tourist tax which you pay only in Croatian currency Kuna. Whenever you are paying in cash in Croatia, have Kuna, Euro is not the official currency in Croatia.

When you do the check-in procedure in the office, you will do the technical inspection of the boat together with the sailor is in charge of the boat.

Go through all details of the inventory/check-in list and if something is missing inform the base staff. Before you sail out to make sure you have the boat documents onboard.


Check out procedure

Yacht charter tips & info

After a great sailing week, it is time to get back at the home port and to do the check-out procedure with charter base staff.

Although your charter period is from Saturday to Saturday, we expect you to come back to the charter base on Friday evening. You are, naturally, allowed to spend the night on board.

However, if you cannot return to the charter base on Friday, you must inform the charter base about it. You must have a valid reason for it. If this should happen, be sure to arrive at the charter base before 8 a.m. so that you can check-out and the yacht could be ready for the following charter.

You must return the yacht at the base with refilled fuel tank, otherwise, you might be charged for fuel charging penalty and missing fuel amount.

During the check-out, you need to hand the boat documents to the charter base staff. The skipper and a member of the charter base staff then check the yacht.

If they find no damages and all the yacht’s inventory intact, the security deposit is returning to you. However, if there are any damages to the yacht, or any of its inventory is missing, charter company will charge the damage from your security deposit.

If you have the early morning flights, we advise you to order the transfer evening before to get to the airport on time.