Dufour 412 Grand large
- Build year:2019
- Length:42 ft
- Boat type:Sailing Yacht
- Mainsail:Full battened
- Genoa type:Furling
The biggest city in on the Istrian Peninsula, Pula is a special place for old and young alike.
There is immense natural beauty to Pula and its countryside too. It is built on seven hills but outside is a lush wilderness that will give walkers something to do. The beautiful beaches are nowhere near as crowded as those on the Dalmatian coast to the south. The blue-green seas on the shallow waters will stay in your memory for years to come.
With three marinas serving Pula - ACI Marina Pula, Marina Veruda and nearby ACI Marina Pomer - it is easy to organize a Pula yacht charter with Borrow A Boat. Whether on a bareboat yacht charter or crewed yacht charter you will present any sailing credentials, pay your fee, inspect your boat and off you go.
When considering where to go the Kvarner Gulf is one of the best sailing regions in the world. ACI Marina Pomer sits in pine-forested woodland and is something to behold in its own right.
Just off the Adriatic coast is Brijuni Island National Park with so much to explore from dinosaur footprints to Byzantine architecture and of course its unique marine and shore-based ecosystems.
Istria on the mainland has its charms such as Rovinj, a quaint seaside town, and Opatija to the north-east.
Further offshore on the Kvarner Bay are the Kvarner islands including Krk, Cres and Lovinj. While island hopping it is even possible to get as far south as the Kornati Island national park with its array of geological and natural wonders.
Though it has its own airport you can access Pula from other major air hubs.
There are a number of airlines that serve Pula from the UK, Germany, Belgium and France.
There are also a number of flights every week from Split, Zagreb and Zadar that all, in turn, have a greater number of airlines serving them - from these airports take a connecting flight to Pula.
Ferry from Venice
Venice airport is arguably as important as Zagreb in terms of international flights every day. In the summer there is a ferry service to Pula from Venice, and you can also take a bus or taxi to the Istrian Peninsula too.
There are three major marinas in Pula, with ACI Marina Pomer just outside the city.
ACI Marina Pula:
Max Length 40m (131.2 Feet)
Max Draught 12m (39 Feet)
List of additional services: Electricity, Water, WiFi, Fuel, Laundry, Dressing Rooms, Supermarket, ATM, Rent-a-car, Bar
The biggest marina in Pula, this is also the best equipped. Several yacht charter companies work into this marina, offering boats including catamaran, sailboat, motor yacht and motorboat rental.
Max Length 40m (131.2 Feet)
Max Draught 4m (13.1 Feet)
List of additional services: Electricity, Water, WiFi, Fuel, Laundry, Garbage waste collection, Liquid waste collection, Dressing Rooms, Supermarket, ATM, Rent-a-car, Bar, Medical Centre
ACI Marina Pomer
Out in the beautiful Istrian countryside, ACI Marina Pomer has a lot to offer. Yacht charter companies offer a range of boats including catamaran, luxury yacht, motor yacht and sailing boat rental on a bareboat charter or captained yacht rent basis.
Max Length 30m (98.4 Feet)
Max Draught 4m (13.1 Feet)
List of additional services: Electricity, water, WiFi, Fuel, Laundry, Waste Collection Dressing Rooms, Supermarket, ATM, Rent-a-car, Bar
At the southern tip of the Istrian Peninsula, Pula is one of the best locations for a perfect yacht vacation. In the middle of the Adriatic Sea you will find island hopping or coastal sailing a breeze.
7 Days - the Istria Peninsula: Heading north at first to the buzzing seaside town of Rovinj you would then turn south down the Istrian Coast for Pula again and then explore the coast north towards Opatje, by repute the 'Monte Carlo of Croatia'. Coming back you can explore the islands of Krk, Cres and Losinj as you return to Pula.
7 Days - Island hopping the Kvarner islands: With its warm, clean seas and beautiful islands the Kvarner archipelago has a lot to offer those on a sailing vacation. Just across from Krk is the island of Cres and Losinj that has evidence of Roman occupation and then head off to Mali Losinj with its excellent restaurants. Nearby Susak is a tiny island with one village. Return from your island adventure via Unije with its excellent scuba diving opportunities.
14 days - Krk Bay and Istrian Peninsula: Over 14 days you can get the best of both worlds on a two-week trip, exploring the best of the Istrian Peninsula and Kvarner Bay with its islands and villages. On your northernmost point from Pula you reach as far south vacation town of Nin and buzzing Zadar nearby with all the fun to be had there. Explore islands such as Mali Losinj and Unije 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 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 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.
Marina Veruda is the largest marina locally with 630 berths. The smaller ACI Marina Pula is no less well equipped, and out of town is ACI Marina Pomer, surrounded by natural beauty.
July and August are the busiest times of year for a Pula yacht charter. Why not then go for quieter months? In September the sea is still warm from summer and the air still comfortable. It is cheaper and quieter during school term time.
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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