Sun Odyssey 490
- Build year:2020
- Length:49 ft
- Boat type:Sailing Yacht
- Mainsail:Full battened
- Genoa type:Furling
The jaw-droppingly beautiful Primosten is a small town just an hour north of Split in Dalmatia on the Croatian coast. Often overshadowed by its neighbour Sibenik, there is still quite some substance to the town for the young and old alike.
The Old Town on what was a small island until the 16th Century is a place of calm and reflection. A few churches will appeal but the luckiest people are those who live there full time.
Restaurants serve excellent Mediterranean cuisine with freshly caught fish and fruits of the local land.
It's easy to organise a Primosten yacht charter with Borrow A Boat. If you are on a bareboat charter you need to bring your sailing qualifications, and after paying the fees you inspect your charter yacht and off you go.
The northern Dalmatian town of Primosten is a good jumping-off point for a sailing holiday.
If the restaurants and Old Town are more to your taste then consider the Krka National Park, Kornati National Park and Sibenik - Croatia's oldest city.
To the south is the ancient town of Trogir and the cosmopolitan port city of Split. Sailors looking for more nightlife may wish to add in Kastela and Hvar to their itineraries.
Split Airport is an hour away from Primosten by bus or taxi, and Zadar Airport is two hours from the north.
This is the biggest regional airport that has flights from Europe and other countries beyond. It is a two-bus journey from Primosten, requiring a change of buses at either Split Bus Station or Trogir or you can get taxi direct.
Though the two-hour bus or taxi journey from Zadar to Primosten is a bit of a trek you may find cheaper travel from many cities in Europe to Zadar. Do note that international flights only operate in summer months.
Kremik Marina is a very large marina that serves Primosten. Just 12km up the Adriatic Coast is Sibenik's Marina Mandalina that caters to superyachts.
There is a large fleet of charter yachts where the charterer has the choice of power catamaran, sailing catamaran, monohull sailing boat, motor yacht or luxury yacht on offer that can be available as bareboat yacht charters or as skippered/crewed yacht charters for their sailing holiday.
Max Length 25 m (82 Feet)
Max Draught 15 m (49 Feet)
List of additional services: Shore power, water, residual water collection, waste collection, WiFi, showers, laundry, changing rooms, bar, market, restaurant, ATM
In nearby 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 sailing yachts, motorboat, 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
Primosten is in an ideal location to sail as far south down the Adriatic Sea as Split or as far north as Zadar. The Sibenik Islands and Dalmatian Islands are all within a week's sailing trip too.
Primosten to Split and Dalmatian Islands: Heading down the Dalmatian coast you can pause in Marina, Kastela and Trogir before a bit of time in the regional capital, Split. Returning north you can explore the Dalmatian and Sibenik Islands. Some are heavily populated like Hvar - some utterly uninhabited like the Kornati archipelago.
Primosten to Zadar and back: Between Primosten and Sibenik is the inland Krka River and the waterfalls of Krka National Park - well worth a pause on your journey north. If culture appeals more, Sibenik itself is Croatia's oldest city and there will be some rather large boats to gawp at in Mandalina Marina. Biograd with its beautiful beach and Zadar are your northerly points, island hopping south down the Zadar and Sibenik archipelagos.
14 days - Opatija and the Zadar Archipelago: Opatija is considered the 'Monte Carlo of Croatia' on the Istrian Peninsula. This is a bit of a trek north but coastal and island hopping you will be highly rewarded with what you find. Head south down islands with mysterious names like Nin and Ist (a butterfly-shaped jewel of the Adriatic Sea) and pause at the Kornati Islands before returning home.
The sailing season runs from late April to October with July and August being the busiest months for yacht rental. 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. The 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.
Kremik Marina is the main marina in Primosten. If you have a large vessel (25 metres plus) you can stay in Marina Mandalina in Sibenik and head south across the bay.
July and August are the busiest yacht charter months in Primosten. It may pay to go on your sailing vacation a little earlier or later in the year - May and September are during school term times so will be quiet yet warm.
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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