When is the best time to sail in Croatia?

For sailing, Croatia is ideal from late March to mid-July and then from September to early November.

Most of July and August are very busy on the Adriatic, both on the coastal roads necessary to get to the marinas and on the Adriatic Sea itself.

Late July and August aren't the best choice if you want to enjoy the best weather and wind conditions for sailing. But all that comes before July or after August will provide you with the right wind for sailing.

If you decide to charter a boat and sail somewhere between November to March, be sure to check for heating system on board because regular blankets will not be enough. Ideal time for swimming will be from mid-May to late September.

To navigate a vessel, you are required to have a valid international recreational craft license and a radio certificate. Sailing license must be issued by an official state institution and it should include a picture ID. This is the link to the list of international sailing licenses valid for sailing in Croatia issued by Croatian Ministry of Maritime Affairs, Transport and Infrastructure.

It is important to mention that only in case of larger catamarans starting from 45 feet (Lagoon 450 for example) a sailing license for more than 30 gross tons is needed.

Read more:
Sailing licenses for bareboat charter in croatia

Yes, all yachts and crew on board are fully insured against all accidents.

Sun screen. You should bring your sun screen.  Also you should bring your own wind jackets, medications against seasickness, antibiotics against high temperature, something against insect bites, etc.

For a complete guide read our in depth article:
10 tips on how to prepare for a sailing holiday in croatia

If you don’t want to spend some extra money (usually 5€ per person per week) than – yes.

If you want to avoid extra luggage in your suitcases and you are willing to spend 5 € per person per week, you can get extra towels during check-in.

A set of towels for one person usually includes one smaller towel for shower and bathroom, and one big one for the beach. Extra towels are always available for an extra charge.

Embarkation is at Saturday afternoon at 5:00 p.m. but it can be sooner if the boat is cleaned earlier- just contact us and we will inform you is it possible to embark hour or two earlier then 05:00 p.m.

You have to disembark at Saturday morning before 8:00 or 9:00 a.m. But, please note, in most of the cases the boat should be returned in the starting base by Friday evening ( 6 – 7 P.M.)

You are free to discuss your route with your captain according to your wishes and momentary weather conditions.

We can give you some standard routes, but please note! These are not fixed routes because they always depend on the weather.

Check our standard routes here: ROUTES

If you have small children on a sailing boat, a safety net can be installed (additional charge). Also, if you have small children, you should inform us about their weight in kilos, so we can prepare suitable life jackets to wait for them on-board. All yachts are already equipped with life jackets for grownups.

Yes, you have to pay for skipper's food no matter do you eat in restaurant or on board. It is customary for all working crew to get their meals provided by a client. This includes the skipper, the hostess, deckhand and the cook.

If you want some privacy and don’t want to take the skipper to the restaurant with you, no problem, but you should provide him/her with at least 25 €, so he or her can go out and have a decent meal by themselves.

Skipper is not responsible for cleaning the yacht, but he will usually do it if necessary when the boat is in marina and if there is plenty of water on board or at shore. This includes only the outside part of the boat.

In most marinas there will be enough parking place during whole season and the price for 7 days is about 25-30 EURO. Some marinas go high as 70 € per week per car.

Everything is possible. It just depends on your budget. The standard and the most economic charter is from Saturday to Saturday, and this is what we highly recommend.

Yes, but we have to charge you extra. 5.5% on top of the offered charter price.

As we act as a broker, we cannot tell you exactly the case of your charter in this general way. It usually depends on the exact cancellation policy of each owner in particular. However, most of the cancellation policies look like this:  

  • 30% of charter fee will be retained for cancellation up to 2 (two) months before the charter starting date.
  • 50% of charter fee will be retained for cancellation up to 1 (one) month before the charter starting date.
  • 100% of charter fee will be retained for cancellation less than one month before the charter starting date.

If the reason for cancellation is: death of a family member, heavy injury, war or any other objective reason, the boat management shall give the yacht to the charterer at his disposal for another free period of time or within another season but the accepted deposit cannot be paid back.

By Croatian low all boats registered for charter must have life belts and first aid box, fire extinguisher, etc. Life raft is provided only on boats bigger than 42 ft as they belong to yacht category, and all boat have dinghy included.

Yes. The dinghy is included with all the boats we offer.

All bigger Croatian islands have shops, post offices, banks etc. (island Brač, island Hvar, island Vis, islnd Lastovo, Mljet, Korčula...)

Charter companies generally do not allow charter outside Croatian territorial waters but if you still would like to visit Italy, Montenegro or even Greece then you should highlight this special request when setting the inquiry – all the boats do not have international permit and charter company needs to know that you will leave the country in order to prepare all the necessary documents for you.

Please note that international permit is usually extra charged. When crossing over the boarder please remember that you are obliged to report to the Croatian custom office and to the custom office of the country that you are entering.

The custom office is usually placed in harbor master`s office and you should choose the one the nearest to the boarder.

The security deposit is the amount with which you are liable if any damage, that is the consequence of mishandling of the boat, happens while chartering the boat.

All the boats are fully insured with Casco, but the security deposit still has to be left in starting marina by cash or credit card. The security deposit will be refunded in its full amount unless the existence of damage or a defect on the yacht or the equipment is found during the returning of the yacht. Please note that the amount of security deposit is the maximum amount with which you can be charged for any damages.

Everything that exceeds that amount the charter company will cover from the insurance company.

In case of thefts on the boats (the outboard engine or dinghy are items of boat inventory that are in most cases the object of thefts) please do not forget to report it to the nearest police station.

The damage waiver (additional insurance of the security deposit that practically covers all the damages) in most cases can be offered. Terms and conditions of the damage waiver depend on the insurance company that insures the boat but generally speaking it usually costs 7-12% of the deposit amount of the boat that you would like to book.

Unfortunately, this kind of service is not available in any marina in Croatia. Berth in marina is usually not the problem off the season. During the July and August if you want to make sure that you will catch your marina berth then it is best to leave for the wished marina in early afternoon hours.

National currency in Croatia is Kuna (HRK). Although EUR can be accepted in some establishments please keep in mind that Kuna is in most cases the only mean of payment accepted. ATM machines can be found almost everywhere and therefore you do not have to worry for cash withdrawals if you get to the point that you ran out of Kunas.

Usual European 220 V plug is provided for mobile charging on board while in marina on shore power connection. Otherwise, car phone charger can be used and plugged into the 12 V cigarette lighter on board.