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How to approach the actual booking process for sailing holiday in Croatia?

Have you ever seen an ad displaying descriptions like Private yacht charter Croatia, Sail Croatia, Luxury Croatia cruise, Motor boat charter Croatia, Private yacht tours Croatia, Motor yacht rental Croatia, Sailing in Croatia, Adriatic coast charter, Cruise Adriatic Sea, Charter catamaran Croatia, Rent a sailboat in Croatia, Yacht charter in Croatia and many more?

We have all read ads like that and they seem to be everywhere.  So, how to approach to the actual booking process for sailing in Croatia, and how not to get lost between pages and pages offering similar services?

Well, let's see what exactly the questions to answer to yourself are:

  1. Are you looking to book crewed / skippered sailing holiday in Croatia or bareboat yacht charter in Croatia?

  2. What type of boat to choose?

  3. Are you aware yacht charter offers are weekly offers?

  4. Are you familiar with the fact you are creating your own yacht cruise itinerary?

  5. Are you familiar with the weather conditions in Croatia?

  6. When you sail Croatia, are you open to the idea of spending days and nights surrounded by the same people?

Yes, Croatia yacht charter is stunning, awesome, and addictive. However, you need to know exactly what to look for in order to maximize on your vacation experience.

So, let's go over the questions briefly:

  1. Are you looking to book crewed / skippered sailing holiday in Croatia or bareboat yacht charter in Croatia?

    Crewed yacht charter is a type of charter when you charter a yacht, with a professional skipper to sail it for you and a hostess to take care of the cleanliness and eating/drinking on board (breakfast and lunch). It delivers ultimate holiday experience on the water since there will be nothing for you to do but enjoy at your own pace, on your own schedule: swimming, sunbathing, snorkelling, fishing, sightseeing, eating, drinking .... continue the list yourself with your preferred holiday activities.

    Skippered yacht charter is perfect for so many reasons, but let's simplify it and emphasize the fact that having an experienced skipper on board makes the real vacation possible; meaning relaxation, customer service and security of having a local expert on board. Hire a local skipper to manage the yacht for you. Benefit from the skipper's local knowledge and let him teach you or brush up your sailing skills.

    Bareboat yacht rental is an option, but you need to have a valid license for operating a boat in Croatia under Croatian flag as well as good skipper skills, considering the fact Adriatic Sea is very crowded during high yacht charter Croatia season. You arrange the sailing itinerary completely by yourself at your own pace provided that you return to the base marina on agreed date and time. With the bareboat charter you will be fully responsible for yourself, your crew and the boat.

    If you are not sure whether the license you have is valid for bareboat charter in Croatia check if it is listed here. 

    In case your license is not listed, we advise you contact the authority in charge of issuing navigational licenses in your country and ask them to contact the  Croatian Ministry of Maritime Affairs at and see if the license would be recognized in Croatia and enlisted on the list of recognized licenses.   

  2. What type of boat to choose?

    Monohull sailboats give you performance, freedom and the true feeling of sailing. There are thousands of bareboat sailboats in Croatia, ranging from 30 to 60 feet and from 2-6 cabins. If you want the enjoyment of pure sailing, we'd generally recommend a monohull sailboat.

    Catamarans deliver great comfort and privacy, while providing a lot of communal areas to better enjoy your group (extra space for everyone). Catamarans don't heel ("tip") like a monohull, providing for a more stable feeling on the boat.

    For speed sailing enthusiasts. Charter a motoryacht for total freedom to cruise on your own voyage of discovery. The motoryacht is yours for the holiday to explore the cruising area at your own pace. Motoryacht gives you total flexibility every day.

    Before choosing a vessel, please bear in mind the following details:

    • How many people will be on board?

    • 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 and hostess or not? If you need a skipper or hostess services, please bear in mind that they sleep on board as well, so one of the berths (either in the saloon area or in a cabin) should belong to them.

    Yacht age - Just like a car, the older a yacht gets the cheaper it will become. This is due to wear and tear on the yacht, including sun bleaching, fittings becoming worn and things not being as new and modern as they once were. All yachts will be in proper working order with everything working as they should, though please bear in mind that the older the yacht gets the higher the possibility of breakages. Therefore, you will find that all things being equal, an older boat will be cheaper than a newer boat.

  3. Are you aware yacht charter offers are weekly offers?

    Yacht charter offers / sail Croatia offers are weekly offers usually running from Saturday till Saturday. However, you are expected back in the marina with the yacht on Friday afternoon (5-6 PM). If you need an option to rent a yacht for a shorter or longer period of time, it is crucial for you to contact your Sails of Croatia booking specialist, who will research the availability for special conditions and will potentially find the way to create a special package deal for you.

  4. Are you familiar with the fact you are creating your own sail Croatia itinerary?

    Having the right booking specialist and experienced skipper is the best you can get, when deciding to experience sailing in Croatia / Yacht charter Croatia. If you are booking the motor yacht, catamaran or sailboat for the first time in Croatia, it would be really smart to ask about the route possibilities before you create one. Once you realize Croatia is the country of a thousand islands, you will really want to make sure you visit the best spots, offering the best tourist experience. Once you visit Croatia, we are positive you will already have your own list for your next Adriatic coast cruise.

  5. Are you familiar with the weather conditions in Croatia?

    The best weather conditions for the sail Croatia cruise are during the high season, which runs from June till September. During the high season, Dalmatian region is famous for its beautiful, calm, hot summer time and calm sea. Of course it is possible to charter a boat in spring and autumn and you will certainly enjoy cooler, but comfortable weather conditions. The first three months of the year, while the weather can be very unpredictable, it would be smarter to charter a skippered or crewed boat in Croatia, if possible.

  6. When you sail Croatia, are you open to the idea of spending days and nights surrounded by the same people?

    Having a spacious cabin and the possibility to really catch some time alone, while enjoying your private yacht tour in Croatia, is truly a plus. Many times you will spend an awesome evening time on some beautiful islands offering interesting events, you will need to rest during day time. It is obvious why experienced charterers book a yacht or catamaran providing enough privacy, when needed. Additionally, enjoying crewed yacht rental in Croatia, with the possibility to include the service of the hostess aboard, will certainly improve yacht week Croatia vacation experience. Keep in mind that you need an extra space for your crew, if booked.

Take advantage of our personal approach, the knowledge and attention of Sails of Croatia informed booking specialist, you will be able to target your needs precisely and to make informed decisions in a timely manner, while receiving the customer service experience you deserve.

By contacting our experienced and helpful booking specialist, who will help you with the “one customer at a time“ approach, who will find the right boat for you, guide you in the payment process, help you choose the best spots to visit and to create a perfect route itinerary matching your needs, you will be able to plan and prepare yourself ahead of time making sure, once the sail Croatia vacation time approaches, you need only to pack.

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