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Re: First charter: advice needed for Europe

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Thank you... Fortunately there is a class starting a week, so I might as well just sign up for it. It sounds a like agood idea if I want to sail in Croatia.
The class does help. I have only had one person ever fail the exam. The new exam with the GMDSS questions is tougher and a bit more technical.
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Re: First charter: advice needed for Europe

I bareboated in both Croatia and Greece. Croatia was pretty lax on the rules. Maybe because I was living in the EU at the time, Greece required an EU ICC (pleasure craft operator cert). It is best to ask the operators on the requirements. They want your business and they have "ways" to deal with the required paper work The charter company in Croatia "Sail Croatia" was crap. They specialized in flotillas, which they did not tell me. They sold my contract through two different charter companies and we didn't realize it until we got there. In Greece we used "Sailing In Blue" and they were excellent.

Cruising grounds. In Croatia we sailed Kornati reserve, that was fun! Nice wind, pretty easy. It is fairly remote so some may not like it. Typically many sail out of Split and go Island hopping through the more populated islands.

In Greece we sailed the Cyclades Islands, one way charter from Athens to Paros. That was fantastic! The Cyclades requires a fair amount of experience though. They can have a pile of wind and huge seas. I might suggest western Greece in the Ionian Sea.

In both cases I would suggest late May and June for your trip. July and August get really crowded. The winds are also huge during July and August.

For your first time bareboating I might even suggest the BVI as it is dead simple and there is significant support. I might also suggest getting a captain to help out on the first couple of days. It would take the stress out.
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Re: First charter: advice needed for Europe

Chartering in Greece very often is quite simple, even without any certificate.
Just a little bit more expensive.
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Re: First charter: advice needed for Europe

We chartered in the Dodecanese Islands in Greece - offseason (October) - was cheaper that time of year. It was very quiet on several of the islands we visited - such that there were only the year-round locals that spoke no english. That wasnt a problem as everyone was very friendly. We did not have any EU sailing experience so were a little nervous about big crowds during summer. We sailed out of Kos and worked our way down to Rhodes. We weren't very experienced at the time, so our med mooring routine at the end of each day with just my wife and I on a 36' was highly entertaining for onlookers.

We chartered with the Moorings since we had used them several times in the BVI and since we didnt have a lot of experience, were more comfortable with a larger outfit / a safer bet in case there was an issue with the boat while we were out and about. All in all, it was a great experience. Good luck!
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Re: First charter: advice needed for Europe

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Chartering in Greece very often is quite simple, even without any certificate.
Just a little bit more expensive.
Maybe a few years ago...Right now almost all charter companies want ICC or RYA Day Skipper or ASA equivalent. It seems to be a government issue. There is also a similar requirement for the first mate, but it seems a lit bit more relaxed.
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Maybe a few years ago...Right now almost all charter companies want ICC or RYA Day Skipper or ASA equivalent. It seems to be a government issue. There is also a similar requirement for the first mate, but it seems a lit bit more relaxed.
Ouch.. sorry about that.. Seems that my info is old.
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Re: First charter: advice needed for Europe

Hello - I've been reading this thread and wondered if I could get more info on sailing Croatian coast as I am considering for next year. Are winds reasonable - that is - truly decent sailing? I am getting mixed messages from the charter companies. Also interested to know any good charter companies. I've used Sunsail before but their inventory in Croatia is low.
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Re: First charter: advice needed for Europe

As stated previously we sailed north of Split into the Kornati reserve. My wife and I were talking recently about Croatia. We think the best route would be from Split to Dubrovnik. This would be a wonderful 2 week charter and going from north to south would be on the prevailing wind track. Man, that would be fun!

As far as charter companies I would go with Sun Sail or any large established charter company. We used Sail Croatia, it is was not good. Generally we like the smaller charter companies but in Croatia I would go with established. It won't be cheap but you will avoid the mess we got into. Most charter companies in Croatia focus on flotilla charters but they say they can do bareboat, they can do bareboat, they just suck at it. What ever you do stay away from Sail Croatia.

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