Yacht Charter and Boat Rentals in Sukosan
Yacht Charter Sukosan
A short distance from Zadar Airport, the small town of Sukosan is home to the largest marina on the Croatian coast of the Adriatic Sea, and is a main base for the yacht charter holiday industry in Croatia.
Though one of the best beaches is in the 1,200 yacht capacity D-Marin Dalmacija marina, Sukosan has close to 10km of beautiful beaches along its protected bay that give you the opportunity to escape the crowds should you wish.
As well as the beaches and sailing you will soon find other things to enjoy in the village. You will find some excellent restaurants serving Croat cuisine, five national parks within striking distance, and the hustle and bustle of Zadar just 7km up the coast.
Though a jumping off point for many to explore the Adriatic coast of Croatia, this is definitely a village to quietly lose yourself in its own right should you wish.
Explore Sukosan By Renting A Yacht
A Sukosan yacht charter is easy with Borrow A Boat. Whether on a bareboat charter or skippered yacht charter you will pay your fee to the charter company, present any yachting qualifications and inspect the charter boat before casting off to explore the islands and coastline of Croatia.
With Rijeka to the north and Split to the south, not to mention the Kornati archipelago within striking distance on a sailing holiday, Sukosan is rightly considered one of the top boat rental hubs in Croatia. Within range are a number of different destinations that suit different tastes from quiet National Parks to wild party towns, or historic towns and villages that haven't changed through time.
How To Get To Sukosan
Zadar Airport has several flights daily during the summer months from a number of European countries. This is a short bus or taxi ride from Sukosan.
For those travelling from further afield you can fly into Split, around 150km away, and take a bus to the main Split bus station before taking another onto Sukosan or simply get a taxi.
Marinas in Sukosan
D-Marin Dalmacija Marina, Sukosan
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.
Max Length 25m (82 Feet)
Max Draught 12m (39 Feet)
List of additional services: Cash machine, launderette, currency exchange, W/C and showers, garbage and waste disposal, water, electricity, fuel station, cafe and car rental.
Suggested Sailing Routes From Sukosan
In northern Dalmatia on the Adriatic coast, the Mediterranean sailing centre of Sukosan is one of the best places to launch a perfect sailing holiday in Croatia. Here we make some suggestions as to destinations for you to explore - high points you shouldn't miss. These should all be accessible on your sailboat charter, catamaran charter, luxury yacht charter or motorboat charter without spending too much time at sea!
7 days: Heading south-east down the Adriatic Coast you should aim at the Croatian coastal towns of Vodice or Sibenik as your far point of the trip. Vodice is a romantic old town with a good marina, while Sibenik with its Cathedral of St James is just as enchanting and can be a stop for you to explore Krka National Park. From there consider heading across the channel to the island of Murter, the stunning Kornati Island archipelago, and then the beach resort of Biograd. Don't forget the Zadar Archipelago - a short hop across the sea from Sukosan.
14 days: On a 14 day sailing holiday you could reach the historic town of Trogir and even Split without spending too much time afloat every day. You can take in the famous beach resort of Hvar before returning via the Kornati Islandnational park. Do try to get up the river to the Krka National Park near Skradin - arguably Croatia's best inland national park with its waterfalls and gorges. As far to the north as Split is to the south from Sukosan, the island of Krk is the largest island of Croatia and is worthy of a longer visit should you have time.
Best Times To Hire A Yacht In Sukosan
The sailing season runs from late April to October with July and August being the busiest months for taking out a charter boat or gulet. The ACI Marina chain also adds 20% to their berthing fees at this time of year. The climate is mild most of the sailing season with occasional rain showers.
Sailing Weather In Sukosan
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.
What should I consider when hiring a Yacht or Boat?
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.
What are the Marinas in Sukosan?
D-Marin Dalmacija Marina is the biggest marina in Croatia. Zadar Marina is just 10km to the north.
When are the best times to hire a boat in Sukosan?
If you can you manage to get afloat during school term timeMay and September can show you Croatia at a more laid back pace and when things are cheaper. As ever, July and August are the peak times - and the state owned ACI Marina chain charges 20% more for mooring your boat.
Do you have to pay a deposit when hiring a Yacht in Sukosan ?
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.
What happens if my Yacht breaks down?
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.
What should I think of before I hire a Yacht or Boat in Sukosan?
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.
What Qualifications Do I need to hire a boat or yacht?
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.