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dpaulo 07-09-2010 03:08 PM

Croatia Charter Companies
 
I'm considering a charter in Croatia (Split) in 2011. Does anyone have any strong recommendations (or critiques) of any of the charter companies operating in that area? Any advice would be appreciated. fdp

ScottUK 07-10-2010 02:48 AM

I can't remember the charter company I used but it was based in the marina at Biograd na Moru. I went on the shoulder season and got a reasonable price. I would offer something in the region of 40% less than their list price for the period of season especially for the shoulder season.

dpaulo 07-10-2010 07:20 AM

June sail
 
thanks, Scott. I'm pretty much locked into June but was wondering if there is any great diff in service or amenities among the companies. I will check out the companies at Biograd na Moru. There seems to be quite a difference in price between Sunsail and Moorings, for instance. Dan

kellysails 07-12-2010 03:32 PM

I bare boat chartered through "Sailing Holidays", a company that I found at the London Boat show. A big mistake as they are geared towards flotillas. They contracted the boat for us from "Sail Croatia" which we did not figure out until we got there. Be careful, charter companies do quite a bit of sub-contracting from each other. Sail Croatia supplied a Jeanneu 37 and it was OK. The bimini supports were in the way of the primary winch so the handle would not spin all the way around it, bad. And our check in/out was contracted to yet another charter company. It was a crazy way of doing business.

I would not recommend either of these companies. Sail Croatia or Sailing Hollidays.

We did enjoy our sailing area, the Kornati Reserve north of Split. We received our boat in Kremik which is north of Split. I would research which charter companies are based in Kremik as they all seemed pretty good there.

Three questions ask any Croatia Charter company
1. Do you have your own staff that will do the check in/out and support?
2. Is the boat in your fleet or does it belong to another charter company
3. How long have you been doing business

There is an epidemic of Charter companies in Croatia that just pass contracts along and really don't operate and maintain a fleet. Avoid them if at all possible. It is going to take some research to bypass all the fluff charter companies.

kellysails 07-12-2010 05:58 PM

Ah, It took me a while but I found the website for a great charter company out of Kremik. They were the contract check in/out support company that helped us. They were great and have a solid line up on boats in their fleet. They are a bit focused on racing and their boats are a little older but they were nice. I walked through a couple of them, very well maintained. These guys are serious pros at their job.

About us - Mare Charter d.o.o.

-craig

lealea1 07-15-2010 11:00 AM

I know there is a Goolet crusing company, specialized in Turkey and Croatia charter

We chartered economy gulet last year per a week and we were very pleased ;)

PCP 07-15-2010 11:55 AM

I am going to charter this summer in Croacia. I booked on the Dusseldorf boat show with a good discount. Small companie with some almost new Dufours. Till now they have been very helpfull. I will report about the rest, in September.

Ban-Tours yachting

bareboatingtheworld 07-17-2010 10:28 AM

Croatia Bareboating Info
 
I have to agree with KellySails. Kremik marina, near Primosten, is a great place from which to depart. Last summer we chartered from Sunsail and they were great. It's less caotic than Split and has good access to either northern or southern bareboating grounds. Similar in size and organization is Sukosan marina, but, it's a bit too north to truly bareboat the best part of the coast - south of Split.

If you want further details, I summarized this as well as three other Croatia trips (from Sukosan near Zadar and Split) on BareboatingtheWorld.com, my sailing blog. It will give you some insights about bareboating on the Dalmatian Coast for each area including provisioning tips and some restaurant recommendations.

My favorite two experiences -- eating calamari and the Korcula town. Enjoy.

Gaetano
BareboatingtheWorld.com

FrankW 07-24-2010 11:19 AM

Hi,

I chartered this june at Yachtcharter Kroatien AMS-Yachting Vrsar und Trogir Adria: Yachtcharter in Kroatien
They are in Trogir. Just a few minutes drive with a taxi from Split airport.

All I can say - friendly, well maintained boat. Everything was ok.
I'll charter there again.


Frank

cla6665 07-24-2010 04:56 PM

If you go up North towards Pula be prepared when you cross the Kvarner Gulf, I have seen that gulf turning really really ruff in blink of an eye. Lots of currents and strong winds. Make sure to check the weather report before crossing and even then be prepared.


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