- Build year:2016
- Length:112 ft
- Boat type:Motor Boat & RIB
Just 15km from the centre of Zadar, Zaton is a Dalmatian Coast family holiday resort where you can relax and forget the world.
Croatia is famous for its pebble beaches but Zaton, Nin's beaches are different - they are proper sand. A sandy beach like the 3km long Queen's Beach to the north of Zaton allow you to paddle barefoot in the Blue Flag certified clean, shallow water. A beach bar, swimming pool and beach volleyball are also draws for a family vacation.
A Zaton, Nin yacht charter is easy with Borrow A Boat! All you need is any sailing credentials (if on a bareboat charter) and to pay your fee before inspecting your yacht and off you go.
There are two main marinas serving Zaton, Nin - both are in nearby Zadar itself. There is the Small Port Zaton that you can moor alongside if on a sailing vacation that involves Zaton as a destination.
With Zaton as a base, what is there to see and do. Zadar Old Town itself is said to be the 'coolest city in Croatia' with things like its sea organ and solar powered dance floor.
A boat rental is getting about and exploring though. For those for whom culture appeals you could sail across to the Istria Peninsula and explore the quaint seaside towns of Rovinj and Pula. On a return leg do pass under the nearby Pag Bridge. If national park visits are more your bag then the legendary Kornati Islands are a couple of day's sailing away, as is the Krka National Park. Also to consider are Biograd, Primosten and even at a stretch, Hvar in the Dalmatian Islands along with Sukosan and Zadar itself.
Whether on a bareboat charter or crewed yacht charter ultimately the choice is yours.
Zadar Airport is served by a large number of European airlines, though is only open to international traffic in the summer months. It is a 10-15 minute bus or taxi ride away from Zaton
There are three commercial marinas that you can use when on a sailing holiday based in Zaton, Nin. These are in Zadar, just 15 minutes away by bus, though the sailing resort of Sukosan is a little further to the south.
Zadar Marina (Port of Zadar):
With a number of charter companies, you could rent a boat like a catamaran, gulet (crewed sailboat), motor yacht or sailboat out of this marina.
Max Length 50m (164 Feet)
Max Draught 12m (39.3 Feet)
List of additional services: Water, shore power, laundry, fuel station, dressing rooms, bar, restaurant, rental a car
Run by the same company that owns the giant D-Marin Dalmacija in nearby Sukosan, this is a smaller and more modest affair. It has charter companies that offer catamaran, sailing boat, motorboat and gulet (crewed yacht charter) rental.
Max Length 30m (98.4 Feet)
Max Draught 3.5m (11.48 Feet)
List of additional services: Water, laundry, dressing rooms, fuel station (1NM away), market, bar and restaurant.
D-Marin Dalmacija Marina Sukosan:
Just 8km from Zadar, this is the largest marina in Croatia and has a range of facilities including its own artificial beach! It is also a major starting point for those taking to sea on charter yachts
Max Length 70m (229.7 Feet)
Max Draught 7m (23 Feet)
List of additional services: Water, electric, laundry, W/C, shower, WiFi, restaurants, bars, cafes, beach club, artificial beach.
In North Dalmatia and pretty much at the centre of nautical tourism in Croatia, you have a wide array of itineraries to choose from on your Zaton, Nin yacht charter. Here are two seven day routes and a 14 day route.
7 days southern circuit - Dalmatian coastn and islands: Your outward leg can take in the Dalmatian coastal towns of Biograd, Sibenik, the island of Murter and then Rogoznica before heading out and island hopping via the Kornatinational park and back across the Sibenik Archipelago to Pasman Island before returning back to home port.
7 days - Kvarner archipelago and Istria Peninsula: Heading on a northerly outward leg you can cross the Pasman Strait and out to the famous Kornati Island national park before island hopping out of Zadar County as far as Rovinj on the Istria Peninsula. Returning, do visit Starigrad before passing under the famous arch of the Pag Bridge back towards Zadar and the Virski Most bridge past Zaton itself to home port.
14 days - Trogir and the Dalmatian Islands: Here you have an opportunity to coastal hop down Dalmatia, taking in the national parks of Krka and Mljet (pausing in Sibenik on the way) before arriving in historic towns of Trogir or Split. Head west to the party island of Hvar and then island hop north via the Sibenik archipelago and Kornati islands. Explore the Zadar islands before heading back to the home port.
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. If you can charter outside of the peak period you will find it far quieter and less expensive. 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.
Other than the dock at Small Port Zaton there are three main marinas that serve Zaton, Nin. D-Marin Borik has 177 berths and serves yachts of up to 30m. Port Zaton takes up to 300 vessels of up to 50m in length, and nearby D-Marin Sukosan takes up to 1,200 vessels of up to 70m LOA.
July and August are the busiest time of year for a Zaton, Nin yacht charter. The state owned ACI marina chain charges 20% more for its berths then. Why not go outside of peak season? Whether in May or September the weather is still great but the waters and towns are less crowded and things are cheaper!
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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