Sailing tips - FAQ

Sailing tips - FAQ

Please read our frequently asked questions and find an answer that will help you in your search for a vessel. Should you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us (via telephone, Skype, chat).

01. Which vessel type and size should I choose?

Our offer includes these vessel types:

  • Sailing boats – perfect for both active vacation and family sailing vacation
  • Motor boats – ideal for speed sailing enthusiasts
  • Catamarans – stable, comfortable and provide fast sailing
  • Gullets – only crewed charter (cook, hostess, captain, sailor), use sails and power of engine to move

The choice of the vessel depends entirely on your preferences and wishes, but before choosing, have on mind couple of details:

  • How many people will be on board?
  • Does your group consist of pairs who require a separate cabin or can share the same cabin?
  • Do you prefer comfort?
  • Do you require skipper? If you need one, please keep in mind that the skipper sleeps on board as well, so either a cabin or the saloon area should belong to him.

02. How do I book a vessel?

You can use our Online Database system, or you can consult our Contact Center and they will prepare for you an offer, based on your requests. After having chosen a vessel, we can reserve it for you for several days, with no obligation, giving you time to arrange everything with your crew members and to organize your travel plans (buying plane ticket, etc.). The vessel is considered booked as soon as you pay the first installment, i.e. 50% of the total price, or the whole charter fee for bookings within 30 days of the departure. You can pay by bank transfer or by credit card.

03. Can I charter a vessel for less than a week?

Sailing yacht charters usually begin and end on Saturdays. However, if you want to take a several day long sailing trip in the off season (October – April), it can be arranged. The price will then be calculated according to the number of days spent on board.

We cannot deviate from our weekly charter system (Saturday – Saturday charter) during the high-season (June, July and August), because these are the busiest months for the charter companies and most weeks are sold out well in advance. Therefore, the price cannot be flexible and you would usually be charged for a full week.

04. Do I have to hire a professional skipper?

If you don't possess an officially recognized sailing license or you have no sailing experience at all, you are obliged to hire a skipper. Even if you are not sure in your maneuvering skills, but you have experience in sailing, it is strongly recommended to hire a professional skipper for at least few days, to make your cruise more relaxing. You can also benefit from the skippers' local knowledge. They are well informed with the Adriatic region and will be able to suggest you numerous restaurants, as well as the most interesting places for swimming and fun. We can reserve the skipper for you.

05. What qualifications do I need for a bareboat charter?

For sailing without SailingEurope 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 operation with the VHF station.

06. Which licenses are accepted?

Croatian authorities accept licenses and certificates which correspond to the Croatian programme and contain the verification of the state. The VHF license is obligatory as well. Most of the RYA licenses are accepted (www.rya.org.uk) for sailing in Croatian territorial waters.

07. I have a license for motor boats, is it valid for sailing yachts as well?

It can be accepted if it is clearly indicated that a license issued for navigating motor boats, also can be used for navigating sailing boats. If it is not indicated on a license that it can be used for navigating sailing boats as well, it can be upgraded. E.g. licenses issued in Italy can be used either for motor boats only, or for sailing boats only, or for both vessel types.

In any case send us a copy via email or fax (No. + 385 1 488 22 09), so we can check its validity with the Croatian authorities.

08. Are skipper's services included in price?

Skipper's services are paid separately from the charter fee. The guests are obliged to pay for their services as well as food and drink for the skipper or other crew members (hostess, cook).

Gullets, sailing boats exceeding certain length and mega-yachts are chartered exclusively with a crew, in which case the crew expenses (captain, sailor, cook) are already included in the charter fee.

09. Is there a parking area within the marina?

Marina has a secured free parking area for our Clients. There are enough parking lots, so the reservations are not necessary. The personnel of the marina take care about the vessel as well as the parking area in the marina.

10. Where should I berth, in a marina or in bays?

You can spend the night in one of the numerous, well secluded bays along the Adriatic coast, if you have enough electricity, water and food. You won't have any problems in finding the securest bays, if you are using the services of a skipper since they are well acquainted with the Adriatic region.

If navigating a vessel on your own, we'll gladly give you our suggestions about the safe bays in the maritime zone where you are sailing, so please feel free to contact us for help.

11. Which currency should I use to pay for mooring fees and other expenses?

All the services in Croatia are paid in Kunas. Depending on the marina, mooring fees can be paid in Euros, but it should be checked upon in advance. In supermarkets, shops and restaurants you can use credit cards.

If sailing in territorial waters of Montenegro, Italy or Slovenia, the additional costs are paid in Euros or with credit cards.

12. Technical equipment on board?

Please check the additional information on vessel equipment for every single boat in our offer. If you need any help, contact us and we'll send you a document, quoting all the equipment on your chosen boat. All boats in our offer have navigation maps, as well as safety and navigation equipment.

13. When should I return the vessel to the marina?

Vessels are returned to the base on Friday afternoon/evening, with an overnight on board until Saturday morning between 8 am and 9 am, when the check-out procedure is done. At that time the guests should leave the boat, so it can be cleaned and prepared for new guests. The vessel can also be returned on Saturday, but before 8 am, in order for guests to have enough time to fill the tank before leaving the vessel.

14. 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. Our guests will receive a blank crew list, which have to be filled with dates of changes and specified information on people joining or leaving the crew. The completed crew list can be sent to us via email or fax.

Before taking over the vessel, the guest will receive verified crew list with data both before and after the change, which they have to have during the sailing, provided by the charter agency.

If the crew suddenly changes during the cruise, without previous notice, the guests are obliged to inform charter agency about the changes in order for them to send a new verified crew list. It can be sent via fax to the guest, wherever they are at the moment.

In case of a control, the guest have to present the new crew list, although they are oblidged to keep the old one as well.

15. Can I take over the vessel before the time determined for check-in?

If you are arriving before the time determined for check-in (around 5 pm), let us know the approximate time of your arrival and we will try to arrange with the charter agency to have the vessel delivered to you earlier. It will be possible if there won't be too crowded in the marina at that time.

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My name is Irina Matosevic and I am a member of SailingEurope Contact Team. I will be happy to help organize Your sailing holidays.

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