How to Plan a Cruse in Croatia
Before planning a sailing trip to Croatia there are few things everyone should know in order to have nice and stress free vacation. Otherwise you can encounter some serious problems that could affect your Mediterranean holidays.
There are two main charter types
- bareboat charters
- crewed charters
For bareboat charters at least one person on the board must have a boat skipper’s license. The license must me issued by a state institution. If a license is certified by a foreign state institution Croatian law will accept it in most cases. The license must be related to the sea and open waters and not to the rivers and channels. Law in Croatia does not accept any Sailing Club Certifications. Also at least one person on the board must have a VHF license. Usually a boat skipper’s license exam covers the VHF part as well. In case none of the guests have the qualifications then a skipper must be hired.
For crewed charters no license is required. Depending on the yacht size, the crew usually consists of a captain, first mate, cook, and hostess.
The usual charter week in Croatia starts on Saturday afternoon (3 pm to 5 pm) and ends on Saturday morning (8 am to 10 am). Some of the charter companies require having the boat back from the charter base marina on Friday afternoon. In this case guests are able to stay on board until Saturday morning.
Saturday can be very crowded in the marinas since all charter companies have takeover of all their yachts on that day. Guests should be prepared and very patient keeping in mind that marina is full of holiday travelers. When taking possession of the yacht, it is not advised to get in the marina much in advance. There a slight chance that your boat will be ready and cleaned after the guests used it during the previous week. In case you are arrive early, it would be much better to leave your luggage in marina and take a swim on the nearest beach.
Every yacht for charter in Croatia has Casco insurance. The charter companies ask for a deposit to be left in the base marina to insure against damage. Depending on the size of the yacht an insurance contract deposit ranging from 500 EUR to 2500 EUR and can be paid in cash or by credit card. In case the yacht is damaged the charter company will cover the damage from the deposit left by guest and no more.
All charter companies in Croatia ask 30%-50% of rental payment at the time of booking and the rest at least 4 weeks prior to embarkation. In case of a booking cancellation, the complete amount will be returned if the booking was canceled more than a month before the charter.
This is a part of the general charter terms and conditions used by all charter companies. Although, there are some differences between one charter company and another, so please read the conditions for yacht booking very carefully.
Finding Your Perfect Yacht
There are over 100 yacht charter companies and over 3000 yachts in Croatia and each one of them has their own prices and sailing terms. To find an ideal yacht for yourself call to ask for availability and prices. A huge list of companies can be found in Croatian tourism official web site: http://www.croatia.hr.
There are some search engines with complete databases of all available yachts in Croatia that can make you a very quick offer. The price will be the same as you contact the charter company directly because the agency gets a discount from the charter company on all referred bookings.
In some cases the agency price can even beat the charter company price because as professionals they may achieve special discounts and conditions by their bulk purchase.
We have been providing custom charter boats in Croatian waters for over 30 years and can find the match that will best suit your trip.