Elan 45 Impression
- Build year:2019
- Length:45 ft
- Boat type:Sailing Yacht
- Mainsail:Full battened
- Genoa type:Furling
The small yet perfectly formed Mediterranean village beach resort of Pirovac lies nestled in a deep bay on the Croatian coast, close to Sibenik.
Though first listed in 1298, then named Zlosela, its history hasn't exactly rocked the world. It hasn't grown much over the last seven centuries either - from 68 residents in seven houses in 1298 it now has 1,600 residents.
Renamed Pirovac in 1921, the village now relies heavily on the tourism and yach rental trade. The beautiful beaches and 10km deep Pirovac Bay, as well as the locally named 'Love Island' make for a great hidey-hole from both heavy weather and the busy world outside.
Makirina Cove is a must-see, with its warm mud that is reputed to have great health qualities, who says you need to have good, clean fun to have a good time.
For those after a bit of history, Croatia's oldest city of Sibenik is just 24km away with its historic old town.
Where the natural wonders of Croatia appeals, you are spoiled for choice with three of the best Croatian national parks within close range.
For those on a Pirovac yacht charter, you have a choice of decent nightlife, a taste of history and culture, to hide away in the natural beauty of this area, or a mix of all three on your sailing trip.
Sibenik, 24km away, has evidence of Roman and pre-historic habitation. Its Old Town is an important part of the country's history to include war with the Ottoman Empire and benevolent Venetian occupation. Zadar is 48km to the north and will appeal to those after a culture fix during their sailing trip.
If you and your crew like nightlife, there are a couple of good nightclubs locally and these can be combined with a sailing vacation that includes the beach resorts of Biograd na Moru to the north and a visit to Primosten to the south which has world-famous dance DJs regularly at its nightclub.
For those who want to get lost in nature, you're utterly spoiled. The Vransko Jezero lake is just 5km away, and around 30km away (a day's sail) you can get to Skradin and the Krka National Park. Offshore with a day or two's sailing beyond Murter you will encounter the Kornati Islands and their national park.
These are just some ideas to give you a flavour of what you will find - a Pirovac sailing vacation will deliver on whatever you seek from your days and nights out.
Around 50km from Pirovac, Zadar Airport is the closer of the two international airports to the village. Served by many European airlines during the summer, it is closed to international airlines in the winter months.
It will involve a bus ride of around two hours via Zadar Bus Station, which will be roughly $5 per passenger simply take a taxi.
This has more airlines serving it from more countries than Zadar but is just over 85km (50 miles) from Pirovac.
To get to Pirovac you will take an airport shuttle to Trogir and then an onward bus to the village. This will cost around $7 per person all in and is roughly 3 hours from the airport or there are plenty of taxis that can make the journey.
Pirovac Marina lies deep in the sheltered Pirovac Bay on the Adriatic Sea and is good for those looking for a base having run from the weather. With excellent facilities, it has a large charter fleet to include motorboat, catamaran, sailing yacht, whether for a bareboat or crewed yacht charter.
Max Length 25 m (82 Feet)
Max Draught 9 m (29.5 Feet)
List of additional services: Water, shore power, WiFi, showers/WC, supermarket, restaurant, bar, airport transfer (Taxi)
Nestled between Sibenik and Zadar on the Adriatic Sea, there is a lot to see and do within a fairly short sailing distance of Pirovac. Trogir and Split are well within a seven-day circuit, though if you're into island hopping you have the Dalmatian Archipelago, the Zadar Archipelago and Sibenik Archipelago within easy sailing range. Here are some ideas as to where you can visit on a sailing boat, catamaran or motor yacht.
7 days - PIrovac to Trogir return: The destination town of Trogir has a stunning Old Town that has survived wars through the ages. You can sail down the coast via Murter, Sibenik, Primosten and Rogoznica before returning north via the Dalmatian and Sibenik islands, pausing at the Kornati Islands on your return.
7 days - Island Hopping Pirovac to Zadar return: On this route again you can sail up the coastline to Zadar, stopping at Murter, Biograd, and Sukosan before island hopping through the Zadar archipelago and Sibenik archipelago as you head for the home port.
14 days - Cres and Losinj island hopping: Heading up to the northern Adriatic you will take in destinations such as Biograd and Zadar before entering the Kvarner Archipelago and with the twin islands of Cres and Losinj. These islands were the same island until it is believed the Romans cut a 10-metre wide channel for its vessels to take a shortcut. Head south through the Zadar and Sibenik archipelagos, exploring the beautiful islands and islets as you go.
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 quieter and less expensive.
April and May: There will be occasional rainy days but temperatures sit between 22-28C or higher. Winds are generally north west, 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 north west 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 captain, 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.
Pirovac Marina is the only one in Pirovac Bay, though at the mouth of the bay are the two northern Murter marinas of Marina Hramina and Marina Betina, some 15km north of Pirovac.
The high summer season of July and August are very busy and can be expensive in Pirovac. September when the kids are back at school can be much quieter and less expensive while the weather is cooler. May to June can also be great times to avoid the crowds too.
You will typically pay 50% up front on reservation the yacht rent 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 rental 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 captain 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 captained on board your yacht charter you typically don't require licences.
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