Common questions about charter in Croatia
1. What type of boat to choose?
A choice which boat to choose is entirely up to you, depending on your wishes and preferences. We offer sailing boats, catamarans and motor boats. Choose catamaran if you want to experience pure pleasure. Catamarans are spacious, comfortable and stable but on the other hand they are more expensive than sailing boats. Sailing boats are excellent for both family and active vacation, being an experience of a pure sailing trip. Motor boats are great for people who are speed sailing enthusiasts, but like comfort.
When deciding which boat you want to book you should have in mind following details:
– how many people will be on board?
– does your group consists of pairs who will want to share a cabin or some crew members who want a separate cabin?
– do you prefer comfort or that is not on the top of your priority list?
– do you require a skipper?
– is the boat child friendly?
2. Is it possible to rent a boat for less than a week?
Yacht charters usually start on Saturdays and end on Saturdays. However, if you wish to take a long trip of several days in the off season (October – April), that can be arranged and in that case price is calculated according to number of days spend on board.
It is more difficult to organize this type of charter during the high-season (June-August, as well as the end oy May and beginning of September) since those are the busiest months of the year and most weeks are sold out well in advance. In that period prices are unlikely to be flexible and you will usually be charged for a full week.
3. Is it mandatory to hire a professional skipper?
You are obliged to hire a professional skipper if you don’t have any experience in sailing or if you don’t have an officially recognized sailing license. If you have sailing experience but you are not entirely sure in your sailing skills, then we strongly recommend that you hire a professional skipper for at least several days. A skipper does not only navigate but is responsible for the boat and passanger safety for the entire duration of the trip.
Skipper will help you not only with his sailing expertise but also with his experience of the area and knowledge about Adriatic region. He can always suggest a place where to dock and what places to visit and activities to undertake. This way you can enjoy a carefree and relaxing vacation with a skipper taking care of everything else.
4. Is my license valid for a bareboat charter?
If you own any kind of sailing license please make sure you send it to us by email or fax. That way we can check its validity with the charter agency as well as Croatian authorities.
5. Are the skipper’s services included in the price of the rented boat?
Skipper’s service is usully not included in the price of the boat. This information will always be indicated in our offer and booking agreement. Hiring a skipper, just like adding another crew member as a hostess or a cook, obliges you to pay for his food.
Crew expenses are already included in the charter fee on gullets and mega-yachts and sailing boats which exceed certain length are chartered exclusively with a crew of the vessel owner and in that case the crew expenses are included in the charter fee.
6.Where does the skipper sleep?
Given his responsibilities and being in charge of the day-to-day running of the yacht as well as the security of people on board, a skipper should be well rested. Therefore it is strongly recommended to hire a large enough vessel so skipper can be provided with his own cabin. This will also give you more comfort during the day, having a free saloon to be and hang out in.
7.Where to park my car?
Most of the marinas have a secured parking area for cars. Prices of parking lots vary and depend on a marina but usually amount to about 45 euros per week. Usually there is more than enough parking lots and marina personnel takes care about the marina parking area.
8.Where should I berth a boat?
Marinas and towns ports are the safest places to berth a boat, specially on the bad weather. As for your vessel if you have enough electricity, water and food you can spend the night in of many secluded bays along the coast. Be sure to consider weather conditions. If you have a skipper on board he won’t have a problem of finding a secure bay. If you’re operating a vessel by yourself feel free to contact us for help about the secure bays in the proximity of the maritime zone you are sailing in. Of course during your check-in procedure in the marina you can ask agency personnel about everything you want to know.
9.Which currency is used in Croatia?
Currency used in Croatia is Kuna and all services are paid by Kunas. Sometimes it’s possible to pay mooring fees in Euros but that depends on marina and should be checked beforehand.
In restaurants, shops and supermarkets it’s possible to pay with credit cards but not everywhere so it’s recommended to always have some cash with you.
10. Is bed linen provided on board?
Bed linen (sheets, blankets, pillows) is provided on every vessel. Charter companies very rarely provide towels, so be advised to check this information before your trip, or take your own towels with you. All our sailboats have fully-equipped kitchen and consist stove, oven, fridge, sink cooking utensils and cutlry. Cleaning fluids, dish cloths, etc. are not always provided on board, but can be bought in stores within marinas before boarding.
11. Children on board?
There is no age limit for children and they can go sailing from a very early age. However, we expect parents to be responsible for their own children during a trip and closely monitor them. Make sure that the child has the safest cabin, which is usually a front cabin and also a place to play (cockpit being a relatively safe one). For their safety children should wear life vests at every oportunity and also safety net can be put along the sides of the boat.
Also we advise you to bring baby food along because it isn’t possible to buy it in every marina shop. Consider using shorter routes and visit marinas more frequently.
12. Can we take over the boat before the check-in time and when is the boat supposed to be back in the marina?
Sometimes, you can take over the boat before the time you determined for taking over the boat (check-in is usually done at around 5 PM) but it depends on charter company that manages a boat, on the time of the season (it is not likely in a high season) and condition of a boat after preceding week. Some charter companies offer a payed early check in. In any case , please provide us with the approximate time of your arrival as soon as you can. That way we can try to arranged with a charter comapany for vessel to be delivered earlier.
Boats should be returned to the base on Friday afternoon or evening, with an overnight on bord till Saturday morning between 8 and 9 AM, when the check-out procedure is done. Then guests should leave the boat so it can be prepared for new guests. Boat can sometimes, depending on a charter company, be returned on Saturday too, but before 8 AM in order for guests to have enough time to fill the tank before leaving the boat.
13. Is it possible for some people to leave and other to join the crew during the trip?
People can leave or join the crew but that should be indicated in advanced, before you embark. Before the embarkation crew list is made on which dates of changes and information on people joining or leaving is indicated. If during a trip crew chages, without previous notice, guests are obliged to inform the charter agency about these changes. That way agency can make a new list and send it to guests via fax.
New crew list has to be presented in case of a control, but the old one must also be kept on board.