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Croatia flotilla: 14-nights Croatian flotilla

Boarding location

Split area: Split ACI, Kastela, Zenta, Trogia ACI marinas

Yacht charters typically start on a Saturday at 17:00 in Croatia. We suggest that flotilla guests arrive between 14:00-15:00 and divide into provisioning and check-in teams. Croatian Adventure flotilla yachts are boarded from any of the Split marinas and will rendevouz in the harbour on the first morning.

Split International airport, is only 23 km away from Split town. The Split airport is actually closer to Trogir town than Split town. Saturday is best spent visiting Split town or Trogir sites before taking a short taxi ride to the marina for boarding. If you arrive early at the marina on boarding day, bags can be left with the owner/operator but you will not officially be able to board until 17:00. Upon arrival at allocated marina, report to your yacht operator's office. 

By taxi
Airport to Split town:Taxis can be found lined up at the airport and take about 30 minutes to get to Split town It costs approximately 40 Euros one-way per taxi. 

By bus 
Airport to Split town or Trogir: 
Upon arrival at Split airport exit the building where shuttle buses are available for either Trogir or Split town. Split ACI Marina, Kastela Marina and Marina Zenta are a short taxi ride from Split town. 


There can be many logistics involved when you choose to do a yacht charter or flotilla sailing holiday. Whether you choose to do a bareboat or a join the flotilla fun, this handy guide full of charter information should answer many of your questions. If not, then our sailing industry experts are here to help. 

Types of yacht

CATAMARAN

 

MONOHULL

A catamaran has two hulls with cabins in the side hulls or pontoons. The hulls are joined together by a central large area in the middle, an exterior seated area at the back and in some cases netted trampoline areas at the front. Catamaran's are great for the fun social space but they don't sail as well and can be a little bouncy.   A monohull has one wide hull with cabins accessed from a main salon area below deck, the cabins tend to fill the front and the back of the space. Monohulls are made for great sailing and have a deep heavy keel under the water so are very stable even when healing over. 

Yacht charter costs explained

A yacht will have the basic charter rate fee but like hiring a car, there are additional mandatory costs. 

Refundable security deposit or damage waiver

All yachts require a security deposit, damage waiver payment or a combination of both to insure them while on charter. A refundable security deposit is authorized by credit card or left in cash upon arrival at the base. The amount is a deductable and any damage to the yacht will be deducted up to the total amount authorised which can be in the thousands.  A damage waiver is a non-refundable charge based on a much smaller day amount. It is charged even if no damages occur to the yacht, however it offers piece of mind that even if the yacht is a right off after damages, you will only incur that cost. Damage waiver payments can greatly reduce or eliminate the security deposit amount. Full insurance details will be provided with a quotation for any yacht.

End-cleaning or charter pack

This is a one off fee. In some instances it can be paid in advance and will have a mandatory starter pack added on which will include some basic supplies.

Fuel

Is not included in yacht charter pricing. You will be given a yacht full of fuel and you will be expected to refuel upon arrival back at the base at the end of the charter. You can pay by credit card.

Water

Fresh water is not included in a yacht charter pricing. Yacht water tanks will be full upon arrival but you will be expected to fill as you go along. You can return the yacht with empty tanks.

Transit Log

This is something charged in Croatia and Turkey and is normally paid with end cleaning either in advance or upon arrival at the base.

Tourist tax or cruising tax

This is a tax per person normally added in Croatia and Caribbean destinations. It is paid upon arrival at the base or in some instances paid in advance with the yacht price.

Optional extra costs

Outboard

Some yachts include an outboard engine free of charge and for others there is an additional charge. You can expect to pay approximately 80 Euros per week in Europe. For Caribbean and other tropical destinations outboards tend to be included in the yacht price.

Skipper fees

Professional skipper fees are charged by the day and you will be expected to cover all meal costs for the skipper in addition to the daily fee. You can expect to pay around 150 Euros per day in Europe, 200 USD in the Caribbean and 240 USD in the Pacific. 

Flotilla fees

Joining a flotilla is a great idea if you enjoy and want to sail a yacht yourself but are a little unsure of the waters and the best things to see and do on land. We offer a flotilla in Greece and Croatia every other year.  The flotilla fees are added to the yacht charter fee - see more details below and at our flotilla pages.

One-way fees

In some destinations it is possible to pick up and drop off a yacht at different bases. There will be a one-way fee added to the yacht price. Yachts joining a flotilla may not be able to do a one way drop off.

Provisioning

Provisions are not included and all items additional to food also need to be purchased such as cleaning supplies and food condiments such as salt and pepper. In general, most marinas offer mini markets or larger supermarkets nearby. In some cases it is possible to pre-order some or all of your provisions. We will provide full provisioning details for your chosen location at the time of booking. 

Mooring and anchoring

Port fees are paid locally so not included in the charter rate. Mediterranean ports generally have yachts reverse and stern to the wharf or dock. This is known as Med mooring. There is limited anchoring off shore and few mooring balls (it is often too deep to anchor safely off shore). Some ports offer lazy lines for mooring.  In the Pacific, Caribbean and South East Asia mooring is generally by mooring ball or anchor. 

Joining a flotilla in Greece

We pride ourselves on our flotilla - the only Cycladic flotilla in Greece that we have led for over 25 years. The flotilla fee includes:

  • an expertly guided sailing tour led by lead yacht skipper and program director
  • provisioning advice throughout the tour
  • daily briefings on weather, course, swim stops and ports of call
  • VHF radio and visual contact
  • mooring and docking assistance at each port
  • shore hikes on our unique historic itinerary
  • a well-researched, gastronomic selection of local restaurants
  • social activities

Flotilla crew

Flotilla skippers or guides are responsible for leading the flotilla and ensuring your sailing vacation is fun, interesting and trouble free. They offer information about the destinations, technical support as well as help with docking procedures in harbors and anchorages. Flotilla skippers hold informative daily chart briefings, so flotilla guests can see where the lunch and swim stop options are and understand the nuances of the evening ports of call. They can also be reached for support by VHF radio while you are underway.

Flotilla hostess/program directors organize the social aspect of the flotilla and make sure everyone knows what is on the agenda each day. They may also help guests to provision, guide hikes ashore, organize the evening restaurants and help the skippers dock yachts in the afternoons. On larger flotilla lead vessels that accommodate cabin charter guests, program directors prepare and serve two meals per day.

Flotilla fees 7-nights

31-35ft monohull yacht: Euro 300
36-43ft monohull yacht: Euro 400
44+/catamaran: Euro 450

Flotilla fees 14-nights

31-35ft monohull yacht: Euro 500
36-43ft monohull yacht: Euro 650
44+/catamaran: Euro 800

The flotilla fee is a minimum fee and does not change if a yacht decides to leave the flotilla or only join for some of the itinerary. Pricing is subject to change without prior notice. Departure dates are subject to availability and discounts may change based upon the number of bookings received. A booking is not confirmed until a deposit payment is received and at that time no further discounts will be offered.

Not included in the cost of a yacht charter

  • skipper or crew fees
  • gratuities: for professional crew onboard or flotilla crew
  • flights and transfers
  • all land excursions, hotels, transport, car hire and meals
  • cancellation and medical insurance

Yacht inventory

What is included will vary per yacht but as a guide a charter yacht will include: dinghy/full cruising area charts and cruising guide or pilot book/navigational equipment (binoculars, hand compass and course plotting equipment)/initial full tank of water, fuel and cooking gas/VHF radio/autopilot/electric anchor windlass/wind instruments/furling or battened mainsail/furling genoa sail/bimini for cockpit shade (racing yachts have a boom awning)/transom/galley equipment (cooking and eating utensils)/standard safety equipment (navigational and first aid)/hot water/bed linen/FM radio/CD player/dodger/berthing fees at home port.

Some yachts may also include: GPS (plotter)/cabin fans/cabin reading lights/BBQ/outboard engine/snorkeling equipment/cockpit cushions/spray hood.

Sailing certification

To charter a yacht it is necessary to have experience and/or sailing certificates.

Mediterranean: to charter a yacht in the Mediterranean there must be at least one certified skipper and one experienced first mate on a charter yacht. As a yacht skipper, you are required to have a sailing license or a certificate from a recognized sailing school such as:

RYA: Royal Yachting Association / ASA: American Sailing Association / Intermediate Cruising Standard - Sail Canada / YA - Yachting Australia /ISPA - International Sail and Power Academy

The level of qualification required is a keelboat, day/coastal skipper or bareboat certification and you need to bring your original certificates with you. In addition to the above requirements you are required to have a VHF operator's license to charter a yacht in Croatia. Sailing resumes and powerboat operators card are not sufficient to rent a sailing yacht.

In addition to these certificates you can obtain the International Certificate of Competence (ICC) which is becoming a more recognized standard with European governments and charter companies. You will need to have one of the above certificates or pass a practical exam and make an application to be issued an ICC certificate. The sailing schools listed above are able to provide the practical exam and the application for ICC. You can find out more about the ICC on the RYA's section of the ICC - International Certificate of Competence

Caribbean and the Pacific: currently you are not required to present any formal sailng certification to charter a yacht in the Caribbean or the Pacific. It is normal that you are required to complete a sailing resume only. Should it be felt that your experience is not sufficient then you may be asked to have a skipper onboard with you for the first day of your charter. 

South East Asia - Thailand: to charter a yacht in Thailand there must be at least one certified skipper. As a yacht skipper, you are required to have a sailing license or a certificate from a recognized sailing school such as:

RYA: Royal Yachting Association / ASA: American Sailing Association / Intermediate Cruising Standard - Sail Canada / YA - Yachting Australia /ISPA - International Sail and Power Academy

Priving and invoicing

The minimum charter period is typically 7-nights in high season. In mid and low season less than 7-nights is possible. Our yacht fleet prices are shown in the currency of the charter destination. Pricing is subject to change without prior notice. A booking is not confirmed until a deposit payment is received and at that time no further discounts will be offered.

As a North American company we convert to either USD or CAD for invoicing. Euro invoicing is available for European customers only. All website exchange rates are advisory and are intended to provide general currency rate. At time of invoicing latest exchange will be used.


Additional expenses

Description

Euros (€) 

Airport shuttle to/from Split and taxi to yacht (return)

15

Or taxi from/to airport to yacht (return)

60

Croatia cruising tax, 1€ per person per day. To be paid on arrival

14

Diocletian's Palace site entrance fee

3

Restaurants for evening meal

€20-25 per person per day

Krka National Park entrance fee

11

Kornati National Park entrance fee

11

Bisevo Blue Cave entrance fee

5

Lastovo Park fee

4

Mljet National Park ride and entrance

12.50

Dubrovnik bus r/t and audio tour

13

Spanjola Fortress Hvar, entrance fee

4

Korcula Museums

6

Stari Grad museum

3

Trogir Museum and Tower

5

Large bottle of beer

3.50

Regular coffee

3.50

Bottle of water

2.50

Gratuity:

 

Cabin charter per couple: A suggested gratuity amount per crew member for 7-nights aboard. 

100-150

Cabin charter per couple: A suggested gratuity amount per crew member for 14-nights aboard. 

200-250

Flotilla yacht: A suggested gratuity for guidance given by flotilla leader for 7-night flotilla.

150

Flotilla yacht: A suggested gratuity for guidance given by flotilla leader for 14-night flotilla.

200

Marina and mooring fees

Staying in marinas can be expensive so opting to drop anchor or tie up free at coastal restaurants is an option. Most port mooring balls or anchor fees include access to filling water tanks the next morning.

Yacht mooring fees - given as guidance

Mooring fees

Euros (€)

Vis anchoring fee

25

Hvar moored on a mooring ball with lines ashore

40

Hvar marina (for a 45ft yacht, less for smaller yachts)

75

Dubrovnik ACI Marina (for a 45ft yacht, less for smaller yachts)

75

Korcula anchor fee or ACI Marina (for a 45ft yacht)

40

Korcula ACI Marina

75

Stari Grad on mooring ball or lazy line moored to shore

50

Trogir anchoring fee 

25

Trogir ACI Marina (for a 45ft yacht)

75


Sailing conditions

Croatia is a great yacht charter destination for beginner to experienced level sailors. The best time to sail is May through October.  A sailing license/certificate and VHF radio license is required for bareboat and flotilla yacht charters. If you are on a skippered bareboat or cabin charter, you do not require any experience or certification to sail with a skipper.                                                                                 

Location   
Sailing conditions      
North Croatia                   
       
This less traveled area is prone to more sporadic weather patterns. It offers line of sight navigation but more challenging weather conditions.     
South Croatia              This is an excellent charter region offering line of sight navigation, consistent light winds in the summer and short passages.     

Wind and sea

The Adriatic Sea is generally calm and offers exceptional sailing conditions, however strong nighttime Bora winds can develop in the spring or fall.  Summer winds are consistent light northerlies from to 10-20mph. Stronger winds over 30mph may occur during July, August and September.  A one-meter short chop is the typical wave height in the Adriatic, but two to three meter swells may develop. Tides are minimal in the Mediterranean ranging between 20-60cm. 

Mooring

Croatia has some of the nicest marinas in Europe, offering mooring on lazy lines -fixed underwater moorings with access lines on the wharf, and many services ashore. Lazy lines are also available from restaurants docks ashore and there are mooring balls available at some anchorages that can be hired from local authorities.  Read more about Med Mooring on our yacht charter details pages

Croatia operates under region A of the international navigational system - red right leaving.


Flotilla FAQ's

What certificates do I need to sail a yacht if I am on a flotilla in Greece?

To charter a yacht in the Mediterranean there must be at least one certified skipper and one experienced first mate on a charter yacht. As a yacht skipper, you are required to have a sailing license or a certificate from a recognized sailing school. Find out more on the flotilla information section. 

Where do I provision my yacht when I'm flotilla sailing?

Details on provisioning will be provided with your yacht charter contract. In some cases, you will be able to provision online. If you join us flotilla sailing in Greece our programme directors will show you where to buy your provisions on each island you sail to.

I want to do some sailing on my own is that possible as part of a flotilla?

Yes. The lead yacht is there to provide as much or as little assistance as you require when you are on a flotilla sailing holiday. If you wish to solo sail for one day and meet the flotilla later you can choose to do that.

Does my crew on flotilla with me have to be with the rest of the flotilla each night?

No. Flotilla sailing is a great social activity as well as a sailing holiday so you will probably find that you enjoy meeting up with the other yachts each evening to talk about your sailing stories from the day. If you want to eat aboard your flotilla yacht with just your own crew, you can choose to do that as often as you wish.

How do I get a weather forecast when I'm flotilla sailing?

If you are flotilla sailing in Greece with us, we will check the weather dailing and inform you of the weather conditions the night before.

Will there be charts or a cruising guide to the area aboard?

There are always current charts and cruising guides provided on charter boats.

Will I receive help on navigation when I'm on a flotilla

Each morning before departure there will be a full chart brieifing with the skipper and first mate of each flotilla sailing yacht. The lead flotilla yacht will be in VHF radio contact with your yacht throughout the day if you require that assistance.


Reviews

Destination: Croatia

Title: Croatian flotilla July 2013

I think I can speak for the six of us and say that we all really enjoyed the Croatian sailing adventure. There has been some good thought put into developing an itinerary that will provide your clients with an excellent variety of islands and anchorages along the Croatian coast and also some time to visit interesting towns and cities.   Too bad there weren't a couple of more boats in the flotilla but for some of the locations, a significantly larger number of boats would have provided logistical challenges for docking, mooring and restaurant arrangements. We had good chart briefings and harbour information from Steve. Navigation is relatively easy here with not a lot of "blue water" passages. Getting provisions along the way was great, much better than Greece from my recollection. Thanks for an enjoyable sailing vacation.

From: Jim Schacht

Location: Toronto, Canada


Destination: Croatia

Title: Flotilla in Croatia July 2012

Thanks again for a fantastic week.  You and Steve were awesome. I don't know how you guys could have been any better.  Everyone wanted to stay another week. Cheers John. p.s. thanks for the little genoa brainteaser you set us on the last day!

From: John Taylor

Location: Sydney, Australia



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