A GUIDE FOR NOVICES
Chartering your very own yacht is the most flexible and exciting way to explore the beauty of Croatia. With a fully contained onboard kitchen, plenty of deck space and areas to socialise, a sailing yacht has everything you might need for a week spent on the Adriatic Sea with family and/or friends.Sailboat search
The yachts in the Sail Croatia fleet vary from economical to luxury, ensuring there is a vessel for every budget and travel style! Your average yacht is simple and functional, ranging from around 30 to 45 feet in size. It normally has 3 to 5 cabins onboard sleeping 2 people in each. Often the salon area will also convert to a double bed, accommodating another 2 guests, or a skipper. This is where the +2 specification comes from, meaning that a 8+2 yacht would be a 4 cabin yacht with a double bed in the salon.
Space onboard a yacht is well designed and practical, with everything you would normally need to self cater and live onboard for a week. Toilet/shower facilities can range from one toilet/shower combination to four or more ensuites onboard more luxury yachts. Showers are practical and comprise of a handheld shower head over a basin area, with toilets flushing by a hand pumping action. Larger yachts will have more spacious bathrooms, and those guests sailing on a luxury yacht may even have electric flushing toilets.
A benefit of a monohull yacht compared to a catamaran is it’s compact size. Sailing yachts are practical and are typically easier to maneuver in and out of smaller marinas.
Size is important when considering a yacht charter. A larger yacht, whilst having more space onboard, is also more challenging to dock in tight spaces which is important in marinas and small ports. Many yachts are fitted with a bow thruster as an option, which allows for easier maneuvering in tight spaces. Having an experienced skipper will also make life less stressful when docking.
Salon space in a yacht is typically quite compact, however it is ample for a few friends or family to enjoy a meal and relax inside. Each cabin onboard is fitted with a fan or air-conditioning (dependant on your yacht choice), which is a welcome addition during the balmy summer nights! If you’d prefer to relax on the deck and catch the evening breeze, a yacht will always feature a cosy open seating area, complete with a table and bench seating, on the back of the yacht.
Whilst May - October usually offer fantastic sailing conditions, all yachts are complete with an engine to ensure you can easily get from point A to point B if the wind dies down and you’re not able to sail one day. The peak of summer (July and August) can be a popular time to sail in Croatia, meaning berths at popular ports can be in high demand. Spending the night on anchor in a secluded bay or focusing your itinerary on authentic, less popular marinas is a good way to get around this!
Our experienced skippers know where to find the best marinas and bays to overnight in, or if you’re skippering the yacht yourself, our friendly team would be happy to provide some tips!