Elan 45 Impression
- Build year:2019
- Length:45 ft
- Boat type:Sailing Yacht
- Mainsail:Full battened
- Genoa type:Furling
Sibenik is a Central Dalmatia town on the Croatian Adriatic that has stood firm for hundreds of years.
You will be beguiled by the beauty of the Old Town where you can lose yourself in narrow alleys and steps, only to find a charming square or church somewhere as you wander. You will always see St John's Cathedral, a basilica that dominates the town and can be seen from all sorts of surprising places.
One of the highlights of Sibenik is its Marina Mandalina - the only formally recognised superyacht marina in Croatia, it is a mini-resort in its own right. You will find a range of bars and fashionable boutiques, as well as restaurants serving the best of Mediterranean cuisine.
Beyond the drab Yugoslav era industrial suburbs to the north of Sibenik is another jewel - the Krka River and the national park it flows from. To the south is the Sibenik archipelago, where you will no doubt pause as you explore the Croatian coast and islands.
A Sibenik yacht charter with Borrow a Boat is nothing too stressful. After presenting your sailing qualifications (only on a bareboat charter) and paying your fee you inspect the vessel and set sail.
When considering where to go a motor boat or motor yacht charter could get you up the river to the nearby national park, where you can moor your boat at ACI Marina Skradin and then get soaked by the Krka waterfall, a chilly release from the heat of summer. A sailing yacht will make it up the River Krka too as the river is navigable for several miles upstream.
Heading out to sea, on the beautiful bay you will run into the Sibenik Archipelago, the densest archipelago in Croatia. The biggest island Murter is definitely worth a day ashore, though with around 5,000 population it is hardly a dense metropolis. You will find secluded coves to relax in and ashore, nut, oilve and fruit groves.
The romantic town of Vodice is just to the north west of of Sibenik with its well equipped ACI marina.
If you sail beyond the Sibenik Archipelago across the Adriatic Sea you'll soon find the famous Kornati Island National Park which is just another world to what you would see at home. After this you can go south towards Trogir and Split or north towards Zadar and Biograd.
Sibenik is equidistant between Split Airport and Zadar International Airport. You can wither take a bus or taxi (with a change in Split if heading there by bus) to the marina.
Zadar Airport takes European international flights throughout the summer months, but not during the winter months.
Split Airport has more flights every day from more countries, and many of these throughout the year.
There are three major marinas close to Sibenik, though only Mandalina Marina is in the town itself. Let's look at the three in reach of Sibenik.
This is Croatia's only formally recognised superyacht marina and caters for vessels up to 70 metres. The charter fleet has gulet fully crewed yachts as well as sailboat, motor boat, luxury yacht and catamaran charters.
Max Length 70m (229.6 Feet)
Max Draught 5.5m (18 Feet)
List of additional services: Water, waste, electricity, laundry, boutiques, restaurants, chandlery, bars
ACI Marina Vodice:
To the NW of Sibenik is the state owned ACI Marina Vodice.
Max Length 25m (82 Feet)
Max Draught 5.5m (18 Feet)
List of additional services: Water, electricity, waste disposal, fuel, WiFi, ATM, bar, shower, toilets, restaurant,
ACI Marina Skradin:
Perfect for accessing the Krka National Park on the Krka River.
Max Length 70m (229.6 Feet)
Max Draught 7m (23 Feet)
List of additional services: Anchoring buoys, ATM, toilet and shower, WiFi, restaurant and foreign exchange
Due to its central location, Sibenik has some of the best options in Croatia for a 7 or 14 day luxury yacht charter. Whether a bareboat or skippered yacht charter on a motor yacht, catamaran or sailing yacht you can see some of the best that Croatia has to offer. Here are some highlights of where you could go.
7 day southerly circuit: A seven day southerly circuit could take you as far south west as Split and Trogir along the Adriatic Coast. These two historic towns are yachting meccas yet have barrelfuls of charm. As you head down, you will pass through the Sibenik Archipelago and you could take in the famous party town of Hvar. Heading back north-east you shouldn't pass the Kornati islands without a pause.
7 day northerly circuit: With Biograd and Zadar as your northerly points of this sailing holiday (perhaps partying in Biograd and getting a cosmopolitan fix in Zadar) you should drop by the Zadar Archipelago before heading back south to either the Kornati Islands or even spending a final day moored at Skradin on the Krka River and exploring the national park.
14 day circuit: The historic cities of Split and Zadar are bustling yet have great old towns. Over a 14 day sailing vacation you would never be sailing more than 30 nautical miles on a big day but generally 15-20 nautical miles on average. You can explore the islands as you go, perhaps even changing your mind to focus on a smaller area with fewer sailing miles but more that satisfies you.
The sailing season runs from late April to October with July and August being the busiest months for yacht charter. The ACI Marina chain also adds 20% to their berthing fees at this time of year. The climate is mild most of the sailing season with occasional rain showers.
April and May: There will be occasional rainy days but temperatures sit between 22-28C or higher. Winds are generally NW, 10-20 knots
June-August: You'll be unlucky if you see any rain, though it could be welcome in the summer heat. Temperatures are from 26C and up to the mid 30s. Wind is generally NW 5-10 knots
September-October: In this part of the world it rains more in October and the temperature falls away to 10 degrees C in the evenings, though it can get up to a comfortable 20C on an autumn day. Winds can get up to 20 knots.
The main points to consider are what is your budget, have you got the necessary sailing experience and qualifications to manage the boat if it's not going to have a skipper, whom you are taking sailing, where exactly you wish to go and what will the weather be like on the proposed dates of your trip.
Marina Manadlina is the only marina in Sibenik. It is very well equipped and a resort in its own right. Up river is the ACI Marina Skradin that is more suited for the odd day exploring the national park than a long stay. Close-by is ACI Marina Vodice in a town arguably more beautiful than Sibenik itself.
The ACI Marina chain hike their prices during the peak season of July and August. The waters can be busier too. Have you considered doing a Sibenik yacht charter during school term time where you can get the best of the weather without the worst of the crowds.
You will typically pay 50% up front on booking the yacht hire and the balance on arrival. You will either pay a security deposit with your credit card on departure or can get insurance covering damage in advance. In some cases (such as the recent Covid situation) charter companies may be more flexible but this depends on the individual charter companies themselves.
If you are at sea and in danger, call MAYDAY on VHF Ch16 or ring the coast guard on your phone if you have reception. If you have a mechanical fault and can make it to or are on a mooring you will be able to phone a help line number given by the boat charter company.
You should consider do you have the experience to handle the yacht charter or boat hire before you book and where do you want to go along with what the weather will be like. Bring warm weather and cool weather clothing if it looks like the weather can be cool as well as warm and remember at sea it can be cool on most evenings.
If you want to sail without a skipper then you will need relevant qualifications like RYA Day Skipper/International Certificate of Competence (ICC)/ASA 104 Bareboat certificate or the US Sailing Certificate. For small 'day boats' or if you choose to have a skippered on board your yacht charter you typically don't require licences.
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