Frequently Asked Questions about Catamaran Charter Holidays in Croatia
Frequently Asked Questions
Please read our frequently asked questions and find an answer that will help you in your search for your boat. Should you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us (via email, telephone, Skype or chat).
Before choosing a catamaran, please bear in mind the following details:
- How many people will be on board?
- Does your group consist of pairs who can share the same cabin or do some crew members require a separate cabin?
- Do you prefer comfort?
- Do you require a skipper or not? If you need skipper’s services, please bear in mind that the skipper sleeps on board as well, so one of the berths (either in the saloon area or in a cabin) should be reserved for him.
Why a catamaran?
In the mid 1980’s, the catamaran began attracting charterers because of its comfortable cruising accommodations. What they found was not only more space, luxury and sailing without heeling, but a shallower draft which allowed them entry into a world of anchorages that deeper draft monohulls were not able to enter… and a lot more speed.
The choice depends on your wishes and preferences. A Catamaran is an excellent choice for those with no sailing experience or for those who feel somewhat insecure sailing. It has two hulls, hence providing greater stability. Catamarans don’t lean more than 5° and offer greater comfort, spacious saloon area and cabins and somewhat faster sailing, since they have two engines. Modern catamarans have shallow draft in order to make the access to land and bays easier.
How do I book a catamaran?
You can consult our Contact Center about the catamaran choice – they will prepare an offer for you, based upon your request. Should you prefer to choose a boat on your own, you can do so by using our Online Database system.
After having chosen a catamaran, we can reserve it for you for several days, with no obligation, giving you time to organize your travel plans (buying plane tickets, etc.) and arrange everything with your crew members.
The catamaran is considered booked by you as soon as you pay the first installment, i.e. 30, 40 or 50% of the total price, or the whole charter fee for bookings within 60 days before the departure. You can either pay by credit card or by bank transfer.
Can I charter a catamaran for less than a week?
Catamaran charters usually begin and end on Saturdays.
However, should you desire to take a several days long sailing trip in the off season (October – April), this can be organized and the price is then calculated according to the number of days spent on board.
During the high-season (in June, July and August, as well as the beginning of September and the end of May), we cannot deviate from our weekly charter system (Saturday – Saturday charter), since these are the busiest months for the charter companies and most weeks are sold out well in advance (therefore, the price is unlikely to be flexible and you would usually be charged for a full week of charter).
Do I have to hire a professional skipper?
If you have no sailing experience at all, or if you do not possess an officially recognized sailing license, you are obliged to hire a skipper.
Even if you have experience in sailing but are not sure in your maneuvering skills, it is strongly recommended to hire a professional skipper for at least several days, in order to make your cruise more relaxing. You can also benefit from the skippers’ local knowledge – they are well acquainted with the Adriatic region and will be able to suggest you the most interesting places for swimming and fun, as well as numerous restaurants.
We can reserve the skipper for you.
What qualifications do I need for a bareboat charter?
In the event of a bareboat charter (without our skipper) the client skipper must be in possession of a certificate of competence in order to charter a boat. It is also a legal requirement for one member of the crew to be qualified for the operation with the VHF station (possessing the VHF license).
Which licenses are accepted?
Licenses and certificates corresponding to the Croatian program and containing the verification of the state are accepted by the Croatian authorities. The VHF license is obligatory, as well.
Most of the RYA licenses are accepted (www.rya.org.uk) for sailing in Croatian territorial waters.
Is my license valid for a bareboat charter?
In case you possess any kind of a sailing license please be sure to send it to us via email, so that we can check its validity with the charter agency as well as the Croatian authorities before chartering a boat.
I have a license for motor boats, is it valid for catamarans as well?
A license issued for navigating motor boats can be accepted valid if it is clearly indicated that it can be used for navigating catamarans as well. By all means send us a copy via email, so that we can check its validity with Croatian authorities.
If it is not indicated on a license that it is accepted for catamarans, it can be upgraded. E.g. licenses issued in Italy can be used either for catamarans only, or for motor boats only, or for both vessel types.
I have a years-long sailing experience but do not possess a license. What do I do?
In order to hire a catamaran in Croatia, the person navigating the boat has to be qualified for operating a catamaran, and must possess a necessary license, corresponding to Croatian rules and regulations.
The certificate can be obtained in client’s mother country, in which case the client’s picture, official stamp and verification of the state must be included on it. The other possibility is to take an exam in one of the Croatian port authorities – the certificate is obtained the same day. In case you opt for this, We will gladly help you in organizing the exam and will let you know all the necessary details on time (i.e. the price of the exam as well as the exact time when and the place where it takes place).
Are skipper’s services included in price?
Skipper’s services are paid separately from the charter fee. The guests are obliged to pay them (also those of a hostess or a cook) as well as food and drink for the skipper or the other crew members.
Catamarans exceeding certain length are chartered exclusively with the crew (provided by the boat owner), in which case the crew expenses are included in the charter fee.
Where does the skipper sleep?
In most cases the skipper sleeps in the salon area. However, it is strongly recommended to charter a bigger catamaran and provide the skipper with his own cabin. Since he is in charge of the day-to-day running of the yacht, as well as the security of people on board, he should be well-rested – apart from that, the guests will have more comfort and a free salon area to hang out.
Every catamaran is registered for a certain number of people (the law does not allow this number to be exceeded) – if this number does not include a berth in the salon area, the skipper is required to have his own cabin.
Besides the charter fee, are there additional costs I should budget for?
When calculating the price of your trip you have to consider these:
– price of catamaran rental (as per offers)
– obligatory extras (per catamaran, stated in offer)
– optional extras (if you want them, per catamaran, stated in offer)
– skipper +-1050 EUR per week + food (if you need one)
– cook +-1050 per week + food (if you want one)
– boat fuel (depends on how much you spend … )
– food and drinks (half board is usually 250 EUR per week per person)
– moorings and marina fees (if you go, calculate 4 nights, around 100 EUR per catamaran per night)
– (security deposit for the catamaran- you get this back at the end, stated in the offer)
Is there a parking area within the marina?
Marinas have a secured parking area for cars – the price of a parking lot depends upon the marina itself and amounts to about 45 € per week.
There are enough parking lots, so the reservations are not necessary. The personnel of the marina take care about the catamarans as well as the parking area in the marina.
What should I bring with me?
Please check the following link with a detailed list of items you should consider bringing with you.
Where should I berth, in a marina or in bays?
If you have enough electricity, water and food, you can spend the night in one of the numerous, well secluded bays along the Adriatic coast. If using the services of a skipper, you won’t have any problems finding the securest bays, since the skippers are well acquainted with the Adriatic region. If navigating a catamaran on your own, please feel free to contact us for help – we’ll gladly give you our suggestions about the safe bays in the maritime zone where you go sailing. You could also ask the personnel of the charter agency for some suggestions during your check-in procedure in the marina.
Which currency should I use to pay for mooring fees and other expenses?
Please note that all the services in Croatia are paid in Kunas. Sometimes it is possible to pay the mooring fees in Euros, but it depends upon the marina and should be checked upon in advance.
In restaurants, shops and supermarkets you can use credit cards as well.
If sailing in territorial waters of Slovenia, Italy or Montenegro, the additional costs are paid either in Euros or with credit cards.
Technical equipment on board?
If having reserved a catamaran through our website, please check the additional information on catamaran equipment for every single boat in our offer. Should you need any further assistance, just contact us and we’ll send you a document quoting all the equipment on your chosen catamaran.
All catamarans in our offer have safety and navigation equipment as well as navigation maps.
Is bed linen, cutlery, etc. provided on board?
Bed linen (sheets, blankets, pillows) is provided on every catamaran. Only few charter agencies provide towels as well, so by all means take your own with you (both beach towels as well as those for personal hygiene).
Kitchen is equipped with stove, oven, fridge, sink, cooking utensils and cutlery.
Cleaning agents, dish cloths, etc. are not provided on board, but can be bought in stores in the marinas before boarding.
Which places should I visit?
If you don’t know which places to visit, please check some of our suggested routes and info on departure points of the catamarans in our offer. We can also provide you with additional information about cultural sights, beaches, etc. Follow these link for more information.
Children on board?
Children can go sailing with you from an early age – there is no age limit, however, their stay on board should be closely monitored by adults. Be sure to choose the safest cabin for a child (e.g. the front cabin) and a place for him/her to play (cockpit is a relatively safe place). You can also put a safety net along the sides of the catamaran and children should by all means wear life vests. You should bring baby food along, since it cannot be bought in every supermarket within the marina. You should also consider choosing shorter routes and visiting marinas more frequently in order to provide safer berthing as well as comfort.
When should I return the boat to the marina?
The catamarans are returned to the base on Friday afternoon/evening with an overnight on board till Saturday morning between 8am and 9am, when the check-out procedure is done. At that time the guests should leave the boat, so that it can be cleaned and prepared for new guests. The catamaran can also be returned to the base on Saturday, but make sure it is before 8am, in order for guests to have enough time to fill the tank before leaving the catamaran.
Is it possible for some people to leave and other to join the crew during a sailing trip?
Changes of the crew are possible – however, this should be indicated in advance, before embarkation, so as to make crew lists, on which the dates of changes as well information on people joining or leaving the crew will be specified. Our guests receive a blank crew list, which they fill in with the crew details both before and after the change (the date of the change should be indicated as well). The complete crew list can be sent to us via email or fax.
Before taking over the catamaran, the charter agency will provide the guests with a verified crew list with data both before and after the change, which the guests need to have during the sailing trip.
If the crew suddenly changes during the cruise, without previous notice, the guests are obliged to contact the charter agency and inform them about the change in order for them to send the new verified crew list. The new list can then be sent via fax to the guests (to any place where they are at that moment).
In case of a control, the guests need to present the new crew list, although they are obliged to keep the old one as well.
Can I take over the catamaran before the time determined for check-in?
If you are arriving before the time determined for taking over the catamaran (check-in is usually done at around 5pm), let us know the approximate time of your arrival and we will try to arrange with the charter agency to have the catamaran delivered to you earlier, which is possible if it is not too crowded in the marina at that time. In case you are arriving on Friday or earlier and need some help in finding suitable accommodation, please feel free to contact us.