FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Sailing and yacht charter in Croatia

Here is the list of the frequently asked questions regarding sailing in Croatia, bareboat or skippered sailboat/yacht charter... Should you have any further questions please feel free to contact us by e-mail (booking@croatia-charter.hr), Skype (ivanakovacic1) or phone (+385 98 162 0992).

Does your group consist of pairs who can share the same cabin, or do some crew members require a separate cabin? Do you prefer comfort? Do you require a skipper or not? If you need skipper's services, bear in mind that the skipper sleeps on board as well, so one of the berths, ideally a cabin should belong to him. What are the qualifications needed for bareboat charter?
In Croatia, the sailing yachts are chartered from one Saturday afternoon to other Saturday morning. However, in case you would desire to take a several days' long sailing trip in the off-season (October - April), this can be organized, and the price is then calculated according to the number of days spent on board. This is also possible in last minute options, in case some boat is available. During the high-season (in June, July and August, as well as in September and May), we cannot deviate from our weekly charter system (Saturday - Saturday charter), since these are the busiest months for us and most weeks are sold out well in advance (therefore, the price is unlikely to be flexible and you would usually be charged for a full week of charter).
In case of a bareboat charter the client must be in possession of a certificate of competence in order to charter a boat. It is also a legal requirement for one member of the crew to be qualified for operation with the VHF station. Licenses and certificates issued according to the regulations relating to navigation in similar waters in the country of origin and containing the verification of the state are accepted by the Croatian authorities. Most of the RYA and ASA licenses are accepted . If you are not sure whether the license you have is valid for bareboat charter in Croatia check if it is listed here
You can book the boat in advance but with the mutual agreement that you will obtain the required certificates by the moment of checking-in on the boat otherwise, the paid deposit is forfeit.
In case you have no sailing experience at all or you do not possess the sailing license, you are obliged to hire a skipper in order to charter the boat in Croatia. Sometimes, if not often, even very experienced sailors hire a professional skipper, because they are not familiar with the local waters and in order to make their cruise more relaxing. You can also benefit from the skippers' local knowledge – they are well acquainted with the Adriatic region and will be able to suggest you the most interesting places for swimming and fun, as well as numerous restaurants. We can reserve the skipper for you or you can hire him yourself in case you have some recommendations.
The skipper costs 150 € per day plus you are responsible to provide his meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner. When planning your provisions onboard you need to include the skipper in all meal plans, while when going out in the restaurant, you can either take the skipper with you or he can go by himself and you can cover the bill afterwards.
When choosing a boat you need to ensure that your party plus the skipper fits in the max number of berths onboard (and max number of the persons allowed onboard). Please bear in mind that you cannot expect the skipper to share a cabin with someone from your party. It is highly recommended that you charter a larger boat and provide the skipper with his own cabin, but in case your budget doesn't allow it you can have the skipper sleeping in the saloon provided that it can be transformed into the sleeping area. In this case consider the saloon his private area and ensure that he has enough time to sleep and to rest
Hostess's duties on the boat include: cleaning, preparing breakfast and light lunch, shopping groceries. Daily fee for her services is 125€ plus you are also responsible to cover her meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner.  
Apart from the fees paid directly to us (boat rent, final cleaning, outboard, skipper, hostess) when planning your budget you need consider following costs as well:FUEL - dependant on the motor usage, ca. 5  liters per hour multiplied by the price of diesel fuel which amounts ca. 1,5 € per liter and further multiplied by 3 hours of  average daily motor usage (calculated on the basis of our past experience) it amounts up to ca. 150 € per week.MOORING FEES – The price of the berth per day ranges from ca. 20 € to 110 €, depending on the size of the boat and the mooring place and type. These costs refer to all the marinas, except the base marina where you do not pay any charge for mooringsSECURITY DEPOSIT payable either in cash or by VISA OR MASTER credit card, which you pay during check-in, covers possible boat, equipment and inventory damage. In case of a boat damage or equipment loss, the amount of the caused damage is paid with the deposit money, whereas higher amounts are covered by the insurance company. If the boat has returned undamaged, the deposit will be returned to you. When your hire skipper, he will be responsible for all the damage caused while maneuvering, mooring or anchoring the vessel, but you are obliged to leave the deposit as well to cover possible damage caused by you.FOOD - You are supposed to take care of your own feeding, preparing meals either on the boat or eating out. Upon check-in on the boat or prior to your arrival in the marina we suggest that you buy some provisions (at least drinking water) in the supermarket, but certainly not making loads of provisions since on each island you do have both shops and supermarkets working even on Sundays till late. Not to mention numerous little restaurants offering delicious local and international specialities at moderate prices.
All the services in Croatia are paid in Kuna either in cash or by credit cards (all major credit cards are accepted). In the marinas even the Euros are accepted but in all marinas, restaurants, bigger shops and supermarkets you can certainly pay by credit card, while in cafés and small shops you need to pay cash.   
It is recommended not to bring with you heavy clothes. Light T-shirts, casual trousers and some warm pull-over for the cool nights should be enough. A water-resistant jacket could be necessary while sailing in rough weather. Avoid bringing valuable items such us golden necklaces, watches, earrings etc. In case you finally decide to have such things with you, remember to check if you have everything before you leave the yacht. Two pairs of soft boat shoes should be our recommendation. If possible, do not bring with you hard suitcases. The storing space on board is limited and such suitcases are difficult to be stored. It should be much better to use soft fabric bags. They can be easily folded and stored anywhere. It is not necessary to bring sheets, blankets, pillows, pillowcases and towels (we provide you with one face towel and one bath towel).
Children can go sailing with you at an early age (this is said on the basis of our own experience) in fact there is no age limit, however, their stay onboard should be closely monitored by adults. We provide lifejacket for children as well, and they need to wear them all the time onboard. You should also consider choosing shorter routes and visiting marinas more frequently due to the safer berthing as well as comfort.
This certainly depends on the length of your charter and your preferences, like if you are more in sightseeing and exploring the new area or you just want relaxed boating holidays without the pressure too see as much as possible. On our pages at http://croatia-charter.hr/sailing-routes-croatia we suggest five routes, and choosing any of them you will make no mistake, but we certainly recommend discussing this matter further with us after explaining your preferences.   
Charters commence on Saturday afternoon and end on Friday evening, with departure from the yacht on Saturday morning. And normally, your yacht will not be available before 17.00 p.m., as some hours are necessary to prepare it properly for your charter. However, we always do our best to deliver the yacht to our customers before the above mentioned time. In case your arrival is earlier than your boarding time, a short visit to the town (the old town is 15minutes walking from our marina) or a drink at a bar around the marina is our recommendation. Your luggage may stay safely with us. You are kindly requested to avoid the "semi - embarkation" during the preparation of the yacht. In any case, you are advised to inform us about your arrival time(whatever it is) so that we try to arrange check-ins on all the boats in the most efficient manner, which means making it earlier with those coming earlier and later with those coming later. Should you arrive late in the evening, when there is no daylight it is possible that we let you onboard but postpone the check-in on Sunday morning unless you insist that we do it on Saturday late evening.  

Regarding your return, it is highly recommended for you to be at the base marina on Friday around 17.00 to 19.00 p.m. and spend your last night there. Remember that the yacht must be redelivered around 08.00 am next morning clean and  with full fuel tank.
Along with the booking confirmation, we send you a blank crew list form that you are obliged to fill-in with all the data requested and return to us per e-mail at least one day prior to the commencement of your charter. The number of the persons onboard should correspond with the number of the persons on the crew list. Changes of the crew are possible – however, this should be indicated in advance, before embarkation, so make several crew lists, on which the dates of changes as well information on people joining or leaving the crew will be specified. During the check-in we will provide you with the verified crew list/lists. In case the crew suddenly changes during the cruise, without previous notice, the guests are obliged to contact and inform us about the changes in order for us to verify the new crew list. The new list can then be sent by fax to the guests (to any place where they are at that moment).In case of a control, the guests have to present the new crew list, although they are obliged to keep the old one as well.