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Sailing in Croatia - tips and advices

Since there are many vessels and master port all over the Adriatic, we have taken care to offer you numerous practical advices.

We hope that, thanks to them, your summer adventure will go by more pleasant, with less unpredicted problems and with more beautiful moments that will be engraved into your memory eternally.

Due to the same reasons, the already-mentioned advices are offered to the sea-lovers  to whom this summer will be their first sailing experience. We also believe that even the "old sea wolves" will find something useful in them.

  Composing the crew   Sailing dates
  Choice of aqual waters   Planning the daily routes
  Choosing the yacht   Checking-in
  Yacht equipment   Sailing in Croatia
  What to take   Checking out

Composing the yacht crew

The charter yachts in Croatia most often have three or four cabins with six to eight beds. Bearing in mind the capacity of the vessel, in most cases the people themselves form two groups which cuts down the renting cost so that the separate price per crew person would be the least possible. When doing that, one must have in mind that sea life is much more different from the life we all are accustomed to, there is a new environment, unknown temptations, quite narrow space, the lack of intimacy, etc. Therefore, when composing the crew that will be confined to coexistence and previously defined conditions, one must be very careful because his vacation may quickly turn into a real nightmare that he will wish to forget before it ends.

The basic condition of every successful cruise is for the group to be compact, i.e., with close desires and attitudes about what the charter should look like, and especially concerning the plan of sailing. The attitudes concerning the fact how to create the cruise may vary from one extreme to another. For instance, some people prefer sleeping, other active vacation (fishing or other underwater activities). Some prefer going to nature and withdrawal into solitude as a means of efficient escape from the daily life, while others in cruising sea a good chance to try out different forms of fun that the Adriatic Croatian coast offers and therefore they prefer continual dockings in the marinas and getting out on land. Some prefer an anchored resting in some quiet inlet, swimming and sun-bathing, waiting for the vacation to pass; others prefer constant moving with the purpose of making more miles and getting acquainted with the Adriatic as much as possible. You can always make suggestions but you should also respect the opinions of the others. Sailing in CroatiaIt is especially important not to force the others to accept "Your" challenge.

When composing the crew, try to avoid people with pessimistic characters who see unsolvable and terrible problems in everything. Being at sea for such people is surely a wrong choice because with their negative complaints and attitudes they will present a potential source of full unbalance of the complete energetic mutual human relationships. In case that you want to rent a vessel without a skipper, you should previously define who will be in charge and make important decisions in disputable and dangerous situations.

The person who undertakes the wheel, on the basis of his former experiences and skills, must enjoy the full trust and respect of all crew members. In order that all members of the group are certain that they can function as a whole at sea, they need to talk about all questions openly and in time. Such conversations have double function; as one, to confirm the compatibility of the group and, as second, recalling they previous agreement, to support every subsequent skipper's dissatisfaction with the sudden whims of any crew member. If the members of your group see the future cruising in a diametrically-opposite ways, it is our advice that you do not spend your time on useless disputes in vain, but to split the group into two because, in the opposite, your cruising will divide you.

Choice of Croatian aqual waters

Sailing in Croatia
City of Hvar
The crucial factors of choosing the part of Croatian aquatic territory that you will research this summer are definitely the wishes and requests of the future crew. If the group is composed in the right way, the choice of the aquatic territory will only be a formality.

If you are a beginner and are renting a yacht without a skipper, make sure you sail in tested and known routes with less windy areas whose shore exhilaration will offer you the ability of safe shelter (marinas, harbors or any inlets) in case of a sudden weather change. Such places should be reachable maximum within 2 hours.
Croatian waters

If your expedition is predominantly of researching and diving character, or of sport fishing intentions, please pay attention to the fact whether you posses all necessary permits, and to the fact what part of the Croatian Adriatic may offer you these activities. Pay special attention to the forbidden fishing and diving zones, and to the zones where any disputable activities are performed only with special permissions.

We can also mention a factor of almost insignificant influence, which is the distance of the potential aquatic territory from your check-in place. To the real sea lovers this is no excuse, since even the furthest distances present no problem to them.

Choosing the right yacht

Sailing boat
Captains view
The eternal dilemma - a sailboat or a motorboat ? The final decision will always be the result of your wishes and financial possibilities.

If you want a fast and dynamic annual vacation where you want to cover lots of distance and see as much as possible, the motorboat is surely the right choice for you. On the other hand, if you want a slow floating on the waves and enjoying the charm of sailing and the latent proving of your navigation knowledge and craft, go for the sailboat. In case that this summer will be your first encounter with a sailboat, please do not allow your previous inexperience to create some problems, since the simplicity of the charter sailboats makes it easy for everyone to mange them.

If you financial budget is intended for a summer vacation with limited and modest framework, then do not even think about the motorboats because they are gas eaters.

When it comes to making reservations, we want to warn you that all quality vessels requested for renting in July and August will be already sold out by April. The more you wait for your reservation, the bigger is the possibility that you will enjoy less comfort, live in not so excellent conditions, and there is no guarantee that you may not experience unpleasant surprises during sailing because the best boats will be already rented out. Therefore, without any reserves we recommend you to make your reservation by the month of April, even earlier, if possible.

Concerning the quality of the reserved vessel, we want to emphasize especially that between two vessels of the same type and maker, you should always go for the newer, particularly if this summer will be your first encounter with the sea. The newer vessel offers a better quality warranty for an untroubled vacation.

Yacht equipment

When taking over the yacht, it is always necessary to check the equipment that is an essential part of the boat and to verify its soundness. In the continuation, we quote the obligatory equipment that every charter vessel must have, according to the nautical regulations. The equipment we present would come handy at any moment:

Navigation expedients
  • sea charts
  • navigation guides
  • list of lighthouses
  • tourist guides or any other prospects of the areas you are about to visit
  • GPS, or if possible, GPS with a plotter
Yacht equipment
  • main and subsidiary anchors with about 50m chain
  • three berth ropes
  • emergency tiller (spare shaft)
  • cleats
  • rows
  • boat hook
  • compass with illuminated background
  • regulated lights
  • flashlight
  • siren
  • VHF radio
Safety and rescue equipment
  • life-belts (their number depends on the vessel's capacity)
  • junior life jackets
  • life-belt with a floating light and a 25 m rope
  • signal torches (minimum six red ones)
  • radar reflector
  • scoop or a bilge pump
  • fire extinguisher
  • life craft

First aid

The law regulates that all yachts longer than 5 meters must have first aid kit that contains:

  • bandages
  • sterile compresses and gazes
  • cotton
  • patches
  • safety needles
  • tri-angled scarf
  • alcohol
  • liquid ammonia that helps neutralize jellyfish burnings or poisonous fish stinging
  • anesthetic spray for local wounds
  • cod-liver oil against sun burns or burns as a result from carelessness or incompetent managing hot machines
  • medicine against temperature
  • sea sickness medicine

If it is established that the yacht does not possess the regulated first aid box, or if the box does not have all requested content, then you are breaking the laws and there are corresponding penalties for that.

Toolbox, spare parts, and other equipment
If possible, all tools should be found in one place and the box should contain:

  • pliers
  • set of keys
  • toolbox for fixing the sails
  • silica gel
  • insulating tape
Spare parts:
  • impeller
  • oil and gas filters
  • alternator belt
  • spare sparking-plugs for the outboard engine motor
  • engine oil
  • fuses
  • adapters
  • plugs
Among the rest of the equipment, we especially emphasize:
  • font (vessel for collecting the waste oil)
  • sow or cable/steal cutter (if there is ever a need for cutting the mast cable)
  • axe or a sea knife

Sailing dates

Every season brings its special face to the Adriatic and tells its own story. If you have the chance to listen to every one of them, it would be a pity not to do so. If you decide to realize the offered variant, we advise you to take the following steps.
When choosing the period, define to which of the following factors you give most attention and then make cruising adaptations:

Navigation experience
If during this season you will plunge into your first charter adventure, then the summer is your only alternative because the probability of any unpleasant surprises requiring special experiences and skills are minimal. You had better leave the winter period to the already-experienced sailors who will see their real challenge in their talk to the sea and their circumvention with the wind.

If you care about participating in the different accompanying activities that the Adriatic offers, in terms of sports, cultural and artistic performances, or the different types of fun that in the summer months raise up the quality of the social life, then the summer is the right choice for you. The spring and autumn are ideal periods for nautical people who, besides swimming in the warm sea, want to avoid the summer jams in the places and harbors, as well as on the beaches themselves.

Sunny and Nice Weather

If you want to make sure that you will use the greatest number of days lying on the deck or swimming in the sea, i.e., your priority is to get a ten thanks to whom you can speechlessly let your colleagues and neighbors know that you have spent your summer on the Adriatic, then the summer season is the right choice for you.

If the price is the crucial factor that will guide you when making a choice for the renting period, then try to skip the months of July and August.

Planning the daily routes

Having made a decision about the Croatian aquatic territory you will research, you need to define the cruising plan, i.e., your daily routes. In order that you can make the most of the aquatic area where you will sail, when defining the daily routes, it would be useful to ask for an advice from someone who has already sailed in your intended area. If advices from such person are not available to you, do not worry too much because you can always count on us.

When planning your daily route, the fundamental rule you should never forget is that sailing to your further destination cannot take you more than one third of your available renting time. The rest of the time is your guarantee that, besides sailing back untroubled to the master port, you can see a lot of what is out there. When it comes to your coming back to the master port, we want to remind you that it is always better for you to return a day earlier than an hour later. The time between returning into the master port and checking-out always can be spent for getting to know the closest aquatic territory, while intended penalties for breaking the check-out deadline are great, and bad weather conditions are not justifiable excuses whatsoever.

When defining the cruising rout, as a way of useful help, we suggest that you take a look at our suggested daily routes.

What to take

Here is a detailed list of "things" you may need during sailing, i.e., "things" that may come handy in time of need. We want to mention that some vessels already include some of the already-mentioned items in their standard price of renting. However, most suggested items are of personal nature. We consider it our duty to point them out to you but the final decision rests with you.

Documents, telephone address book and means of payment
  • voucher or a contract for renting the vessel
  • personal ID documents (passport, personal ID card, driver's license and a health ID card)
  • skipper's license
  • personal insurance policy
  • other ID documents (diving, fishing, etc.)
  • personal telephone address book with a special emphasis of the numbers you can contact in case of need, independently of the working hours. These numbers should include the port authorities and your charter agency.
  • money (credit cards, checks, cash)
  • voucher or the renting contract

Wearing items and shoes

surfing suit

winter jacket

  • set of warm clothes
  • set of light clothes
  • training suit
  • sailing gloves
  • sailing hat with a hat brim
  • winter hat
  • rubber boots
  • light boat shoes or sports shoes
  • mainland shoes
  • swimming suit

Personal belongings

  • personal life jacket
  • sun-glasses
  • spare contact lenses, if you wear them
  • mask
  • fins
Personal hygiene
  • set for personal hygiene
  • towels for personal hygiene
  • swimming towels
  • paper handkerchiefs
  • toilet paper
  • sun-lotions or oils with a high factor of protection
  • sprays, or other means, for insect protection
First aid and medical supplies
  • bandages and gauzes
  • patches
  • disinfection equipment
Along with the medications you take on daily bases, it would be useful to have onboard medications against:
  • nausea
  • stomach sicknesses
  • intestine problems
  • throat inflammation
  • coughing
  • high temperature
  • allergies
Food ad drinks
Independently of the way of feeding you settle for (coast restaurants or preparing meals on the boat) we recommend that you take enough quantity of food, drinks and spices, i.e., some food that will always come handy, which includes:
  • sugar
  • salt
  • paper
  • vinegar
  • oil
  • paste
  • soup packages
  • flower
  • eggs
  • milk
  • coffee
  • long-lasting bred
In addition, of course, for the world do not forget to take the necessary quantity of drink water!

  • personal set of nautical equipment and sea charts (if you have them)
  • brachial GPS (if you have it)
  • personal compass (if you have it)
  • binoculars
  • equipment for sports fishing (you need a permit for your underwater gun)
  • nautical guides, tourist prospect or any other literature that can give you useful information about the aqua territory you have chosen
  • dish cleaning accessories
  • hygiene cleaning accessories
  • boat cleaning accessories
  • water filter for disinfecting the water
  • set of useful tools
  • set of sharp knives
  • scissors
  • sewing accessories
  • rubber gloves (for easier work with the anchors)
  • flashlight
  • matches (lighter)
  • candles
  • alarm clock
  • cell phone with a 12V charger
  • camera or a video-camera
  • small radio-cassette player
  • cassettes or CDs with your preferred music
  • if one of the crew members is a musician, you may want to take a music instrument
  • different social games
  • fun and relaxing literature


Renting sailing yachts in Croatia
In order that during cruising safety of the people and the vessel would be on as high level as possible, it is desirable that when taking over the vessel you pay attention to the following:

Outward appearance
  • whether there are any visible damages, such as scratches or bumps on the body, the sides and on the deck
  • check whether the fender pillars are bent or if their bases are complete
  • check the side and bow fenders
  • check the tightness of the fenders cables
  • check the anchors and their chains and pay special attention whether the other end of the chain is connected to the anchor's store. Write down the length of the anchor's chain; test the anchor winches; get informed whether there is a spare anchor and what is its location
  • if you are renting a dinghy, check it out and pay special attention whether the outboard engine is properly functioning; check its rows too
Deck equipment
  • test the winches in a way that you spin each one of them by hand. The winches must spin smoothly. Write down how many winch handles you received!
  • check the tackles around the mast, the side sliders for the roller genoa and the slider for the main sails
  • check the stoppers
  • stand by the mast and look up to the mast and the gaffs; afterwards pay attention whether the mast is straight and whether the mast gaffs are vertical in relation with the mast
  • check whether the sail cables are too loose
  • for the sake of vessel's passing under bridges, get to know what is the height of the mast from sea level
  • raise up the sails and check whether they are damaged or not
Stern stores
  • count the mooring ropes and estimate whether you have enough of them
  • count the additional fenders and write them down
  • check the boat hook
  • check whether you have a plastic backet for water
  • check the cleaning equipment of the boat
  • check whether there is a water hose and if the pan lang="en-us"> co
  • do not forget the AC cable for connecting to the electricity network, in case that the vessel has the possibility of charging batteries
  • check the bilge pumps
Engine and batteries
  • when it comes to the engine, sure enough you should check the technical instructions of the boat in its checkout book and if you have any unclearness, ask for clarification or for a demonstration. Independently of the technical instructions, you should take the following action at the very spot:
  • turn the engine's key in so that you can verify whether the engine starts at once and easily
  • test the gas handle (onwards and backwards). It has to go smoothly.
  • ask to see the engine; get informed about the process of air exhaustion (scavenging), the change of the cooling impeller, the existence of decompression vents, and what is the location of the extra oil
  • check whether the gas tank is full, as it should be, according to the contract. We remind you that it is highly recommendable to avoid situations when you gas tank's level will fall bellow 1/3 of its capacity
  • learn the location of the batteries, what is their capacity and how to use them
Safety equipment
  • check whether there is a self-extracting life-craft and what its latest date of its inspection
  • is there a distress flares box; you should have at least six red flares
  • learn the location of the fire extinguisher and check what the latest date of its inspection is. It should be written out on it.
  • whether the life belts respond to the number of the crew. If you bring small children with you, ask for junior life jackets and a floating light
  • in case that you have rented the vessel, check whether there are safety belts with hooks on the deck that make working in bad weather conditions secure
  • check whether the boat has a special chair, i.e., a belt for working on the mast
  • turn on all navigation instruments so that you can check their correctness; pay special attention to the compass, the radar, the GPS, the plotter and to the VHF radio
  • turn on and check all navigation lights; check the lights for sailing at night and in bad weather conditions (red, green and white signal lights)
  • get informed about the whereabouts of all electric devices and check whether every fuse has a description
  • check whether there is a cigarette-plug that, among the other purposes, it serves for charging cell phones and as a source of electricity for all other electric units
  • check whether you have at your disposal a set of nautical maps and a drawing set for defining your position on the map (triangle, dividers, pencil and eraser)
  • if the radio-cassette player comes with the boat, check whether it works
  • learn which radio stations broadcast the weather-forecast and at what time
  • turn on all navigation equipment and check whether they are properly working
Inward appearance
  • check if there are any visible damages of the furniture of the equipment found inside the boat
  • learn where is the water reservoir and how to fill it up
  • check the correctness of the gas cooker, learn how to turn it on and where is the gas bottle
  • check the soundness of the refrigerator
  • check the sanitary nodes and the shower cabin
  • check the sleeping cabins and see if there are enough sheets and blankets for each crew member
  • check if there are enough kitchen dishes and cutlery; pay special attention to the can and bottler opener(s)
  • test the inside illumination
  • check the windows and the roof openings, especially profoundly study how they are opened and closed and if the hatches function well. Pay special attention to closing the cabin doors and the different closets so that any banging during sailing, or in bad weather conditions, could be avoided.

Sailing in Croatia

Sailing boats in Croatia
In order that sailing may pass in the best possible way, it is highly recommended that you take care of the following details in time:
  • Daily checking the engine oil level, especially if you are inclined to use the sails and the engine at the same time. In such cases, the engine works in tilted position, which means that it spends more oil. It is recommended that the engine should not be used if the slant line is greater than 20 degrees.
  • The level of the gas in the tank should not fall under 1/3 of its capacity.
  • After starting the engine check whether the engine throws out water through the exhaust pipe so that you can make sure the cooling system works properly.
  • When anchoring into marinas and small harbours, pay attention to the lines. It takes only a moment of carelessness for the line to tangle around the propeller, and the untangling sometimes may take hours. If during tangling the boat is moving, the damages will probably include the crank and the engine bearers.
  • Spend electricity rationally. When you are in shallow waters, for the lighting the refrigerator use exclusively the service battery; avoid extra lights and try to use the electricity "eaters" only in cases when the engine is working. We want to remind you that in case of fully discharging the battery, you will not be able to start the engine.
  • Spend drinking water rationally; whenever possible, use seawater for your needs.
  • Always pay attention to the sea depth so that you may not damage the keel. Stranding or hits in the bottom part of the boat cannot serve as justification for the eventually resulted damage.
  • Take down the sails as soon as you feel it should be done because later may be too late.
  • Discuss the rules of behavior before sailing, rules that all crewmembers should keep without exceptions and step-backs.
  • Close the doors of the closets and the boat or apply their breaks.
  • Check whether all windows, especially the side ones, are well closed. Also, check whether all toilet vents are closed.
  • Never use the toilet when you are anchored in marinas and ports. This is forbidden by law and for breaking it there are high penalties. When you drop anchor in some inlet and want to use the toilet, make sure there are no swimmers nearby.
  • Pay special attention to the tidiness and the order of the vessel. Everyone has to take care about the tidiness of his cabin but for the hygiene and the order of the common places, you all should take care of. When on the boat, you all should keep the simple rule that, after usage, one must return the taken object to its original place. The boat on which dysfunction rules, simply does not function. Take care of the vessel and it will take care of you.

Checking out

Charter in Croatia
All you expected from the charter agency during checking-in, the agency expects of you when checking-out. Therefore, you have to return the sailing yacht or motor yacht in time and in the condition in which you found it, i.e., without any out and inward damages with all corresponding and additional equipment and, of course, with a full tank of gas.

As it was during checking-in, when returning the vessel you, along with the agencyr epresentative, will go over all details and as soon as you ascertain that everything is O.K., i.e., that the vessel is in the same condition as it was when checking-in, you can freely say good-buy to the Adriatic with a full heart and the hope that the next summer will come as soon as possible.