- Build year:2018
- Length:278.89 ft
- Boat type:Motorboat
The largest island on the Sibenik Archipelago, the Croatian island of Murter has been a holiday destination for almost 100 years.
Only 5,100 people live on the island throughout the year though these numbers swell considerably in summer thanks to the island's tourism economy. Murter has four main villages - Jezno, Betina, Tisno and the 'capital', Murter.
There are dozens of beautiful beaches to be found with shallow sandy bottoms where everyone can relax and have fun in some safety. On the west coast is Podvrske Beach that has the best views of the nearby Kornati Islands, and its white sand gives the sea a shade of blue that you will never forget.
Nightlife? The main 'night-spot' is Slanica Bay on the sandy beach where people dance all night under the stars, though there is a nightclub - Barbarella's in Tisno.
Murter is an island but is connected to the mainland by a drawbridge at Tisno, so you can catch a bus from nearby townof Sibenik onto the island.
A Murter yacht charter is easy to organise. All you need is your sailing qualifications (if on a bareboat charter) and final payment. Inspect your boat rental and off you go!
With its central location on the Croatian coast, the Dalmatian island of Murter is a great jumping off point for a perfect sailing holiday. What's the wind doing this week? If predominantly from the north (the Bura) then you can head north for the first few days or week and if blowing from the south, head south for the first half. Read on for some suggestions!
A short hop by sea will take you to the nearby island of Vrgada, the most colourful island on the Murter chain of islands.
There are two great national parks to visit by sea from Murter. The Kornati National Park is one of the most beautiful spots in the whole of Croatia, and is just an hour's sailing away on a monohull sailboat or catamaran. On the mainland, to the east of Sibenik and up the Krka River is the Krka National Park with its beautiful waterfalls.
For those seeking a 'pulse' then you can head north to the beach resort of Biograd or south to Split and even Hvar as part of your trip. By far the bulk of those on a Murter yacht charter seek an opportunity to slow their pulse down however!
Thanks to its central location, there are two airports that serve Murter. From both you will need to take a couple of buses to get to Sibenik and then a connecting bus to Murter itself or you can take a taxi.
Open to international flights throughout the year, Split Airport has flights from much of Europe and many other regions of the world.
From Split Airport you will need to take a bus to the city's main bus station or to Trogir and then onward to Sibenik where you will take another bus to the island or you can take a taxi.
This is a seasonal airport but has several airlines flying in from around Europe during the summer months. From Zadar Airport you will need to take a bus to either Zadar or Biograd, and then a direct bus to Sibenik from there, and a third on to the island or you can take a taxi.
There are three marinas on Murter Island - two on the north coast (Murter and Betina) and the state-owned ACI Marinain Jezera on the SE coast of the island.
Home to a large charter fleet, Marina Hramina in Murter Village is also the biggest marina on the island. You can get a motor boat, catamaran, sailing yacht or power catamaran from this marina.
Max Length 20m (65.6 Feet)
Max Draught 3.5m (11.48 Feet)
List of additional services: Water, electricity, cable TV, WiFi, showers, laundry, supermarket, bar, restaurant, rent-a-scooter
In the village next to Murter is Marina Betina. It has deeper soundings so could take a bigger boat than MarinaHramina. This also has a large charter fleet. As with Marina Hramina you will find a catamaran charter, motor boat, sailboat or luxury yacht charter is possible from here.
Max Length 20m (65.6 Feet)
Max Draught 8m (27 Feet)
List of additional services: Water, electricity, showers, laundry, bar, supermarket, restaurant
ACI Marina Jezera:
Again, home to a decent sized charter fleet, this marina to the south of the island's bridge at Tisno is renowned for its clean water and comfortable facilities.
Max Length 25 m (82 Feet)
Max Draught 5m (16 Feet)
List of additional services: Electricity, water, WiFi, showers, laundry, bar, restaurant, supermarket, fuel, exchange office
With its central location on the Adriatic, a Murter yacht charter offers a lot of possibilities.
7 Days Murter - Hvar - return: Taking in the best of the Dalmatian coast and islands, you can head south to the holiday resort of Hvar as a southerly point, perhaps stopping by the inland marina of Skradin and the Krka National Park on your downwind leg. Coming back north you can sail through the Sibenik archipelago and before returning to port, drop by the Kornati islands.
7 Days Murter - Zadar - return: Perhaps a better route out of Marina Betina or Marina Hramina, you can head upwind towards the historic port of Zadar, perhaps pausing at the holiday resort of Biograd on your northerly leg. On your downwind leg, consider the Zadar archipelago and the Kornati islands.
14 days Cres and Pula: Particularly on a faster boat like a motor yacht or catamaran you could reach the sailing hotspot of Pula on the Istrian Peninsula. Don't forget to pause a while on the twin islands of Cres and Losinj, believed to be separated with an 11 metre wide channel by the Roman Empire. Outward or back you can take in the towns of Zadar and Biograd.
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.
There are three main marinas on the island - Marina Hramina and Marina on the northern coast and ACI Marina Jezera on the SE coast.
The ACI Marina chain boosts its prices by 20% in the high summer months of July and August. Other marinas do the same. It can be better to go on a sailing vacation in early or late summer as a result - it is quieter yet the weather often far better than in Northern Europe.
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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