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Dear users,

I have registered only a short time ago. Soon I found out, that there is not very much information available about the Croatian coast, which was my favoured cruising area for the last 20 years. So if you have questions about Sailing in Croatia don´t hesitate to aks right here, maybe I can answer :)

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I would like to point to an interesting website about sailing in Croatia: Adriatic Croatia International Club | ACI Marinas gives you a good overview about the aerea including basic nautical informations, port facilities, local weather conditions and so on - all in English.

Additionally, I may disadvise you to go there from now until 15th of August. Due to summer holiday in Italy (Feragosta) there are thousands of motor boats crowding all ports and sailing there in this period is not a pleasure. If you think about a charter trip in Croatia you should choose any week after 15th of August until the end of September. In spring you will find perfect conditions during May and June.
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I want to return for advice about cruisiing in the Adriatic, but right now I want to second Christian's observation about sailing in the Med and environs in August: the marinas are full, the restaurants are full, the anchorages are full. It's a good time to go to Paris, whch nice and quiet!
 

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I would say you are right about Croatia specially on the Islands near Split (central Croatia). Much less crowded on the North Croatia, along the coast and in the South.

Regarding Greece it is a lot less crowded, you don't have to pay for buoys (you can anchor everywhere) along the coast is not crowded and even on the Islands you generally can find always a place. I have been several times the only boat in an anchorage, even on Islands, In August. You just have not to follow the crowd.

In between you have Montenegro, you can anchor everywhere without paying, it is less crowded than Greece, I would say not many boats considering August, and live is cheap. Excellent food and wine;)
 

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I am glad to see that my thread came back to life...:D
And thank you for confirming my high-season-warning for Croatia. Montenegro is an alternative but similar destination, this is correct - and all sailors in this area should be glad about the relatively new sailing area.
Nevertheless, my best choice around the Adriatic, is still Croatia in spring: May and June, from Zadar down to Dubrovnik, this is paradise.
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Hello Dorian7,

I´ve been around the Med and the Caribean but Croatia is still my favourite area. There are more than 1.300 Islands, fantastic cuisine, small medieval cities to visit and the water is clear. Of couse, they raised their prices during the last years, but I think you won´t regret your decision to go sailing there.
Just have a look at this:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJqP8mfs0-4

I can supply you with any useful Information, but I´d Need some questions before: what is your intention, do you need a boat or a skipper, how long do you want to sail, how much money are you ready to invest, some words about your possible crew....

looking forward to your answer
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we sailed into albania last year then up to montenegro and croatia -- it was great. this year we will head back to albania before going to greece.
 

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Thanks for your response Christian.
I saw on the internet how beautiful is Adriatic sea :O Great !!
So i want to sail there, but the details i don't know yet.
You asking, i answer;
- i need to rent a boat
- 2-3 weeks maximum
- money? hehe, the less the better :D but money does not play a role
- I'm currently putting together a team to sail
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Thnx, best wishes from me
 

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Hello Dorian7,

I think you have to post at least 10 times to be able to send and receive personal messages, but I´m not sure about that, maybe I mix it up with another forum. Anyway, I send a test message in a Minute, please post here once you have received it.

Some more informations:
Best place for chartering is Marina Kastela near Split, because it´s only 10 minutes from the Airport. Any other charter base (except Trogir) will cost you some money to get there by taxi. Even Dubrovnik Airport means 40min driving to the marina.

In two weeks sailing from Split-Kastela you can visit most of the beautiful places in South Dalmatia like Hvar, Korcula, Vis and Dubrovnik.

Best time for booking is now until beginning of march.

Best time to sail is May, June, first half of July and then September. Summer, as mentioned before, is crowded - but if you like hot Party Nights (Hvar!) this might even be the right period for you.

What kind of boat would you prefer? Racer or cruiser?
How many crewmembers will be on board?

Looking forward to your reply -
gtx chris
 

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Hi, let me add a charter agency in Croatia I could recommend and which I used a lot in the past with very well maintained sail boats. It is pitter yachting. It's an Austrian charter company well distributed in Croatia. One of the best benefits is you have WiFi on Board for free! So you stay connected when you're offshore :)
 

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I was thinking about renting a sailboat in Croatia. I was wondering if a liscense was necessary to skipper a boat in Croatia? Or any kind of documents necessary.
 

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Yes, actually there are two kind of licenses needed in Croatia to charter a boat without paying a skipper on top.

1. License for motor boats (also required for sail yachts if the sail yacht has an engine)
2. Radio license for VHF

From where are you and what kind of licenses do you already have?
 

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Yes, actually there are two kind of licenses needed in Croatia to charter a boat without paying a skipper on top.

1. License for motor boats (also required for sail yachts if the sail yacht has an engine)
2. Radio license for VHF

From where are you and what kind of licenses do you already have?
Here in Kansas, the only requirement is to have a boat and be over 13 years old. How would one go about getting proper documentation in Croatia?
 

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Here in Kansas, the only requirement is to have a boat and be over 13 years old. How would one go about getting proper documentation in Croatia?
In Croatia you need a license for each boat with engine.

Boat Skipper A is for boats up to 7m (~21ft) length, and not more than 8kW power.

Boat Skipper B is for boats up to 30 Gross-Tonnage. I blelieve this is what you'll need. This license can be obtained if you're 16 or older. Trainings are available in Croatia on Saturday and Sunday with examination on Sunday afternoon. Costs are approximately at 2000 Kuna (=HKR = approx. 280 USD) for such a training weekend. If you's familiar with Seamanship this should be a more than easy thing.

Boat Skipper C is similart to B but for commercial purposes

Yachtmaster A for up to 100 GT

However Croatia should also accept each ICC document (International Certificate of Competence), but this applies only for countries who implemented UN Resolution 40. Which is not the case for US.

Hope this helps!
 

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New season has started in Croatia. Best time to sail there is from now until end of June. Spring on the Islands is wonderful.
I´m looking Forward to set sails in two weeks from Split.
gtx chris
 

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Hi Christian,

I guess you mean the wind is the best before high season summer, right? My next trip starts mid of May, can't wait any longer :)

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Hi Flo - it´s not only the wind, everything is better before high season! (except party life, maybe :). Free spaces in ports and marinas, no waiting in restaurants, lonely anchoring in quiet bays....and yes, certainly, some fresh winds for sailing. Don´t worry, you´ll manage to wait a few weeks :)
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I've to do this additional post to reach 15 posts an be able to answer to all the PM Messages I received ;-) (One is to you Chris ;-))
 
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