WHY HIRE A SKIPPER?
Hiring a skipper provides you time to relax and enjoy your friend’s and family’s company instead of always working the boat or always being at the helm.
Safety is the most important thing to consider when planning the perfect vacation. Get that thing checked of your list and leave the responsibility of manouvering the boat to a trained professional.
LOCAL GUIDE & PROBLEM SOLVER
Captain is familiar with your charter destination. He will know the best places to go based on your desires and having a native speaker onboard is always a great benefit when dealing with unpredicted problems.
Learn, if you want, at your own pace. If you want to take the helm or help with moorings or operate equipment, your skipper can be a friendly instructor.
Skipper is trained to make sure you have a good time on your vacation. He can be there to liven up the atmosphere onboard or give you space & privacy when you need it.
NATURAL & CULTURAL BEAUTIES
1244 islands, islets, stacks and reefs
3 national parks, 2 nature parks and 1 geopark
10 UNESCO sites and another 15 on UNESCO tentative list
Crime rate in Croatia is very low and you can safely walk the streets at night. Fact that most local boaters do not lock their boats when in ports or marinas certainly supports the claim.
Croatian healthcare ranks high on the world list, water is drinkable, food is tasty! Enjoy your stay!
Croatian coast is full of amazing party hubs such as Hvar, Split, Rab, Pag, Brač.
In addition to that Croatia is home to ULTRA Europe Electronic Music Festival.
SCHENGEN VISA WAIVER
If you plan on staying in Europe for more than 90 days you will need a visa. However if you visit Croatia which is part of the European Union but not part of the Schengen Zone you will get another 90 days in Europe visa - free
Most commonly there is 10-25 knots of thermal winds which are ideal sailing, air and sea temperatures vary from 24 – 26 degrees Celsius, tide differences are less than 1m and sea currents are mild.
Whether you are a party animal, adventure type or a family person you can find lot of great stuff to do both onboard and onshore.
The distances between the Croatian islands are small, 10 – 20 NM, so you can choose shorter or longer daily sailing distances. You can spend the night in marinas, ports or bays. You decide what kind of rhythm works best for you.
VARIETY OF BOATS
Find your ideal boat with ease. Boat charter fleet in Croatia holds 40 % of the world’s charter fleet.
TERMS & CONDITIONS
Price for hiring a skipper can vary from 160e to 190e per day. Why? Bigger boat means it is harder to manouver, it means more work and a greater responsibility. For smaller boats (Catamaran up to 45ft / Sailboats up to 52ft.) the price is 160e per day. For bigger boats (Catamaran above 45ft. / Sailboats above 52ft.) the price is 190e per day.
To make your holiday enjoyable and pleasurable the best thing to rely on is a good organization. Even though the skipper will be the one to do most of the route planning it is advised to do some research on your own or contact the skipper a few days before your arrival to set the route. That way you will be in a better position to enjoy the trip and make the most of it.
The tendency to see as many places and do as much stuff as you can is perfectly normal. In some cases that can lead to very long trips between the islands. There are only so many places you can experience in one day before it becomes tedious. Having that in mind plan your day on a sailboat accordingly. There is no rule but the recommended distance for one day is 25-30 NM per day.
When you hire a skipper, remember that you have to save a bed for him and provide his food. Skipper spends most of the time onboard and always has plenty to do, so he doesn’t have much time to cook meals for himself, so you should take care of this – regardless if you are eating on board or dining out.
If you want your privacy, the skipper doesn’t always have to eat with you. Sometimes he can eat after you, or go to a different restaurant. With skipper, you won’t have any trouble finding a common ground, and that is one of the main conditions for a pleasant and joyful sail.