Catamarans Charter in Croatia is an increasingly popular way to enjoy a sailing vacation in Europe.
Croatia is often overlooked as a sailing destination, but this shining jewel of the Adriatic Sea is more than your typical Central European country steeped in history in tradition.
The coast of Croatia is blessed with majestic views and brilliantly hued waters that beg to be explored and enjoyed.
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Catamaran Charter Companies in Croatia
Charter companies in Croatia are run by a cacophony of different countries. The best companies have excellent customer service and offer a lot of information for anyone who gives them a call.
Located in Split, Navaboats is renowned for friendly service and a helpful staff.
Zagreb-based charter company that has a wide variety of yachts that can be viewed for availability in real time through their website.
Trend Travel and Yachting
Split yet again has the best charter companies stationed there. Trend is an Austrian company that has a vast selection of the most highly rated catamarans.
Well established company with an in-depth website that you can peruse for hours. Ports are dotted all along the Croatian coast, widening your options.
Recommended Catamaran Yachts to Sail in Croatia:
Wherever you sail, you want to have the most stable, reliable boat available. The top three Catamaran yachts to sail in Croatia boil down to:
- Fountain Pajot
These three yachts are popular among sailors for a reason. They are spacious, easy to handle, and safe. Fountain Pagot cats are known for their speed and sleek appearance, Lagoon cats have room to spare and a beach-like interior while Nautitech cats have to bother performance and comfort.
Advantages of Sailing with a Catamaran in Croatia
The obvious advantages of sailing in Croatia are the ability to avoid the hot spots for tourists on land unless you want to visit them, or that you get the opportunity to play and explore the beauty of the Adriatic Sea. One surprising advantage is the summer camp atmosphere that forms among other catamaran sailors at a port.
Due to limited space, docking and sometimes anchoring puts boats within close proximity to each other. This may be bothersome in some regions, but Croatian sailing tourists form a kind of loose celebratory community that adds to the fun.
Crewed Catamaran vs Bareboat?
The choice of chartering a crewed catamaran or sailing bareboat comes down to your personal preference, how much control you want over the actual sailing, and privacy.
A crewed catamaran takes the operation of the boat out of your hands. The only job you and the other passengers have is to enjoy the trip!
- Service from a professionally trained crew
- The charter captain handles the operation of the boat
- A local skipper will know more about the area and places to go
- The skipper can help plan a schedule
- Meals are prepared for you
- Lack of privacy
- You have to discuss changes in your itinerary with the skipper
- The presence of strangers can be disconcerting
Bareboat charters place the responsibility of the boat on you and the other passengers because you are now the crew. Keep in mind, in order to sail in Croatia, you are required to obtain a certificate (ICC) from a sailing school.
- Freedom to go where/when you want
- You’re in control of the boat’s operation
- Required certification
- Lack of personal service from a trained crew
- You’re responsible for the operation of the boat
Best Places to Sail
Full of history and beautifully preserved architecture with a famous marina for sailors.
An island surrounded by sapphire blue waters with a marina housed in a bay on the eastern side of the island.
Difficult to reach on anything other than a boat, Mijet is partly comprised of a National Park.
Popular among tourists, Split is bustling with trade, industry, and tourist sites.
Places to Avoid Sailing
There really isn’t a bad bit of water to sail in Croatia, but some marinas are jam packed with tourists, so they might be better avoided.
Where to Anchor?
Anchorage spots are clearly marked by signs, but there are often fees involved, depending on where you go. Water around smaller islands often has free anchorage, but you should be mindful of the weather before setting anchor by a smaller island.
Where Not to Anchor
Marinas can have a fun atmosphere, but if you want peace and privacy, head out to the water. Busier islands, like Dubrovnik, don’t much space for anchorage, but you can usually find a good spot. Local fishermen often know of good places to set anchor.
Sailing in Croatia is a unique experience, both in the surroundings and personality of the locals. Treat yourself to the hidden treasure that is Croatia!
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Daniella has been passionate about travel, the sea, and nature for many years. As a child, she frequently traveled throughout the Mediterranean and continued with her journeys throughout her adult life.
Her experiences have created the desire within her to share her love for traveling with other passionate and adventurers who want to discover beautiful horizons and new cultures.