It is important to first set the date, choose preferable destination you would like to explore and contact a reliable Croatia yacht charter agency. They will be happy to offer you a suitable catamaran charter and guide you through the whole booking procedure. A private catamaran trip is secured when 50% deposit is paid. Balance should be covered 4 weeks before the charter starts.
Croatian coast has a typically mild Mediterranean climate with pleasant temperatures and almost no rain through the whole summer season. The streets might be busier with tourists but you won’t regret if you visit Croatia between June and September.
If you are taking a sailing trip and want to avoid crowds, best months to visit Croatia is June or September. The weather then is pleasant with lots of sun, days are long, sea temperatures perfect for swimming and not as hot as in July or August during the day. Yacht rental prices are still lower compared to peak season and you can always get a free berth in mainas and or a free place in a restaurant.
In general, it is one of the safest countries in the world. Overall crimes in Croatia are quite low making it extremely safe to travel around. By land, or at sea. This European gem is also the cradle of Mediterranean sailing holidays and a true paradise for sailing inclined. With warm and calm Adriatic sea, fair weather, abundance of sunshine, moderate winds and warm local people, Croatia is a must-visit for beginners or experienced sailors.
Here are the prices for a 6-cabin comfortable line Lagoon 400 catamaran from Split:
- May, Late September from 2.200€ - 2.990€
- June, Early September from 3.390€ - 4.390€
- July, August 4.390€ - 5.290€
The price includes:
One-week rental, final cleaning, bedding, Wi-Fi connection and dinghy with outboard engine.
Obligatory extras to be payed at spot:
Deposit 2.000€, Tourist taxes 1.4€/person/day
Skipper 140€/day, Hostess 130€/day, Cook 140€/day, various water toys 100€ week
Yes. Most of the yacht charter companies in Croatia approve that option. Deposit insurance is the sum that should cover the damages. And it is non-refundable. The amount depends on the age, the length and the insurance policy of the vessel. Usual amount is from (200-300€). Please let your agency know beforehand, that you want an insurance prepaid.
Some charters demand also a small refundable part (10%)to cover the damages like fee for unblocking the toilet, lost/damaged dinghy or outboard engine, gross negligence damage, vandalism and if the yacht is not fueled at the return.
When it comes to navigation and safety at sea, skipper is fully in charge of the yacht. He should have well developed organisation and communication skills, to harmonise the crew's wishes with the actual maritime situation. A good skipper should make the guests aboard feel comfortable, relaxed and safe on their sailing trip. Croatian skippers are communicative, opened and full of tips for guests visiting this hidden Mediterranean gem.
A leisurely round trip in Croatia usually takes 7 days. Within main season (July, August), yacht charters in Croatia start and end Saturdays. In shoulder season months a short sailing trip can be also arranged. To experience a truly genuine and relaxed sailing adventure and explore the most beautiful Croatian islands, at least 1-week tour is recommended.
For 40-foot catamaran local port fees start at 70€/night and it can go up to 150€/berth in some top marinas. The final cost is mostly up to the exact boat length and marina quality service. Price usually includes fresh water refill, shore power, toilet and bathroom facilities. Buoy charge ranges from 25 to 40€. Anchoring is free of charge. A mixture of above options gives the best balance through the week for most groups.
With plenty of sun, Croatia is one of the sunniest European destinations. Climate along the Adriatic coast in summer is quite dry and hot. When taking a sailing trip in summer, bring bathing suite, extra swimming towels, and your personal wardrobe. It is highly recommended to bring a soft hand bag a duffel bag instead of a plastic suitcase and remember to pack light.
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Please read about the Sail Croatia Packing List for newbies.