Situated midway between Central Europe and the Mediterranean lies the beautiful Adriatic sea and the Croatian coastline. With over 6000km of coastline to explore and thousands of islands to visit you are sure to find your dream destination. Chartering a yacht in Croatia completely opens up all these destinations for you and gives you the freedom to discover your own paradise.
Yacht Rent have nearly 4,000 charter yachts to choose from and cover the regions of Istria, North Adriatic, Dalmatia and South Adriatic. The most popular places to charter a yacht from are the regions Pula, Rijeka, Zadar, Sibenik, Split and Dubrovnik. Yacht Rent have thirty marinas across these regions where you can charter a yacht from. All of these charter bases are well connected to the largest European cities making your dream sailing holiday as convenient and easy as possible.
It doesn’t matter whether you an experienced sailor or whether you have never sailed before as you can either charter a yacht with or without a skipper and crew.
There are three different types of Charter options depending on your sailing experience:
- Bareboat Charter
- Skippered Charter
- Crewed Chartering
This is the perfect option if you already have some sailing skills as it is gives you and your passengers complete privacy as you won’t need to need to hire any crew members. This is obviously the cheapest option and gives you the greatest freedom to plan your own itinerary. You will need a valid skippers license of course.
If you don’t have a skippers license you will at the very least need to hire a skipper to sail your yacht for you. A skipper will of course have all of the necessary license and nautical skills. Whilst you might not have quite the same freedom as a bareboat charter, you will benefit from the skippers knowledge of the region and can help you plan your itinerary, routes and anchorages.
For the most comfortable and relaxing experience on your Adriatic voyage you can hire a full crew of skipper, steward and cook. The crew will be with you 24 hours a day and be at your service the whole time. You have the option to choose between full-board, half-board or an all inclusive service. Obviously this type of Charter is going to be the most expensive option.
Types of Boats that You can Charter
There are several different types of boat that you can charter.
- Sailing Yachts
- Motor Boats
- Mega Yachts
Powered only by the wind sailing yachts are the most popular type of boat charter. They feature spacious cockpit areas and saloons. However, they are less comfortable below deck. All chartered sailing yachts come with all the standard features listed later on this page. You can also hire optional additional equipment such as spinnakers, gennakers, racing sails and safety nets.
The most popular brands of sailing yachts are Bavaria, Beneteau, Jeanneau, Elan, Dufour, Hanse, Salona, Grand Soleil.
If you like to feel the wind in your hair and want greater freedom, then the additional speed of a motor yacht will extend the range and allow you to visit places you wouldn’t be able to reach in a sailing yacht. They are especially ideal if you would like an island hopping holiday.
Motor yachts also provide more space and greater comfort below deck. Their engine power provides much easier manoeuvrability and they come equipment with much more sophisticated navigational equipment. The additional speed means that it is far easier to plan your journey to avoid bad weather. You also need to take into consideration the cost of fuel which can be quite high. Skis, banana, jet-skis and other water toys are all available to rent with your motor boat.
There are several different types of motorboats:
Open Motorboats: They have no roof over the cockpit and the smaller ones don’t usually have cabins. The larger ones have cabins in the bow.
Hard Top Motorboats: These have a covered cockpit and usually have cabins in the bow. Some of them also have cabins under the cockpit.
Fly Bridge Motorboats: These are a type of hard top which have an additional on the roof of the boat. These provide a much better view for manoeuvring as well as offering more space for sunbathing.
There are over 400 different manufacturers of motor boats including Adria, Baylin, Bavaria, Linssen, Elan, Fairline, Sealine, Sunseeker and Azimut
If you are undecided between a sailing yacht or a motor yacht, then you might want to consider a catamaran which offers the best of both. You get the sublimity of sailing whilst retaining all the comfort, stability, speed and space.
The smaller draft of a catamaran allows you to anchor in shallow bays or very close to the beach, which leads to more privacy and more options to drop anchor. You can easily enter places where most sailing boats cannot, closer to the beach and coast, away from the crowds.
More stability and minimum heeling can help to avoid seasickness and sufficiently more space on deck and inside with makes the catamaran a good choice for large groups or as a party boat. Catamarans are also generally faster than mono-hulls when not overloaded and there is good wind. More privacy is another factor, since the sleeping accommodations, heads and showers are totally separate, located in each hull and in opposite corners.
Because of its twin engines, handling is much easier. Pivoting around the boat’s central axis is possible, no matter the size
The main drawback of a catamaran though is being able to find room in harbours or marinas and sailing upwind or tacking may be tricky. They also cost more to charter and the berths in marinas and harbours are more expensive.
The seas around Croatia provide the ideal sailing conditions for catamarans and as a result they are very popular and you should consider making your booking at least 6 months in advance.
Some of the best known catamaran manufacturers are Lagoon, Nautitech, Leopard and Privilege.
Gulets and Motor Sailers
Perhaps you prefer a boat that has old school beauty and elegance that evokes nostalgia? If that’s you, then you might wish to consider a Turkish gulet.
A gulet is a traditional wooden boat with two or three masts from the southwestern coast of Turkey, particularly built in the coastal towns of Bodrum and Marmaris. Today, this type of vessel, varying in size from 14 to 35 metres, is popular for tourist charters in Croatia. These magnificent boats evoke the feeling of sailing in another era.
Gulets for charter in Croatia usually have 4 to 10 rooms and can accommodate up to 20 persons. They are made with maximum comfort in mind and offer full customer service, similar. Gulets can be chartered with half board, full board or an all-inclusive service. Renting a gulet with a crew is especially luxurious and offers all the benefits of staying in a hotel with the added bonus of waking up in yet another stunning location every few days.
For parties larger than 12 persons a gulet offers more options than regular crewed charter yachts. The cruising waters in Croatia along some beautiful stretches of coast complete the picture and these types of boats can moor far from civilisation or close to towns and nightlife. This mixture makes for a unique sailing holiday.
Motor sailers are characterized by a spacious deck with plenty of space for sunbathing, comfortable cabins en-suite bathrooms and large areas for lounging and dining.
Sailing the Adriatic with a Gulet is a romantic and unforgettable experience. Gulet charters include a full crew with captain, cook and deckhands. Larger Gulets have more crew members, but they are always included in the charter price. The captain will take care of your itinerary and the rest of the crew will take care of all food and beverage, entertainment, celebrations and the cleanliness of the boat.
They can be rented with a large selection of equipment for entertainment such as inflatables, jet skis, windsurfing, canoeing and more.
All chartered yachts will come fully equipped with following equipment as standard.
Deck Equipment: steering wheel and/or tiller, compass, windex, main sail, genoa sail, electric windlass, anchor, chain, spare anchor, mooring ropes, fenders, manual bilge pump, plastic bucket, brush deck, water hose, tender, oars, pump for dinghy, 220V cable, swim ladder, gangway, stern shower, cockpit table, bimini or sun shade, etc.
Safety Equipment: life jackets, life belts, distress signal kit, fog horn, fire extinguisher, first-aid kit, hand lamp, tool kit, etc.
Galley Equipment: speedometer, depth sounder, wind instruments, autopilot, GPS Chartplotter, VHF, hand bearing compass, winch handles, binoculars, maps for navigation, Adriatic nautical charts, Adriatic guide, triangle divider, plotter, pencil, etc.
Kitchen Equipment: gas bottle, gas stove, refrigerator, sink, hot water, dishes, saloon table, CD player, etc.
Cabin equipment: pillows, bed sheets, blankets.
Bathroom equipment: shower, toilet, washstand, hot water.
In addition to standard equipment you are likely to have to pay extra if you want any of these extra features:
Outboard motors for the dinghy, spinnakers, gennakers, racing sails, safety net, towels, extra bed linen, internet connection, fishing equipment.
There may also be additional charges for final cleaning, pets, fishing permits etc.