- Build year:2017
- Length:46 ft
- Boat type:Sailing Yacht
Possibly Croatia's coolest city, the Northern Dalmatia city of Zadar caters to all yacht charter tastes and does well at it too.
Young and old alike will love the sea organ that plays notes as the waves lap at the promenade steps, and the funky, 25 metre seafront solar powered seafront dance floor gives light shows every nightfall.
People have lived in Zadar for many thousands of years. The Romans were relative late comers, even as they left behind the Roman Forum that dates back to 1BC. Some of the blocks originally used in it were used to build the nearby 9th Century Church of St Donat.
Zadar isn't stuck in the past though. Wine lovers will appreciate its 3,000 year old wine making tradition and fine dining to be had in different parts of the city. Wine imbibers will also find plenty of places to enjoy an all nighter, with some of the best DJs in the world playing at its nightclubs.
What about the white sand beach at Saharun? This is one of Croatia's best beaches bar none with shallow, clean seas that will please all tastes.
The Old Town is where it's at - and in summer hardly ever sleeps from an early morning coffee jolt to long lunches, world renowned sunsets and partying on through to dawn. But if you do want to do a Croatia yacht charter, right, there are two well equipped marinas in Zadar and the biggest one in Croatia is just 8km down the road in Sukosan, capable of taking even the biggest of luxury yacht.
For those on a Zadar yacht charter you're in the right place too. Zadar Airport is a short bus ride or taxi away and several yacht charter companies operate charter yachts out of its marinas.
The Zadar region's central location on the Adriatic Coast offers you the yacht charterer a wide range of options.
You could spend the week of your boat rental bingeing on national parks such as those at Kornati, Krka and even Mljet. Also to consider is the Dragon's Eye sea lake in Rogoznica or Lake Vrana national park too.
You can also visit Sibenik (Croatia's oldest city) and even at a stretch, the beautiful old town of Trogir further down the Dalmatian coast. To the north on the Istria Peninsula is Opatija - a true jewel on the AdriaticSea.
If island hopping is your thing then you're utterly spoiled out of the Zadar area. Just across the Pasman Straits are the Zadar Archipelago, while to the north you can head for the Kvarner Archipelago. To the south there's the Sibenik Archipelago and even at a stretch the Dalmatian Islands.
As ever you can get a mix on a sailing vacation out of Zadar. The odd long night out, a day in the hills and an afternoon visiting historic buildings. Long lunches in shade from the baking heat, whether on a gulet or a bareboat charter sailing vacation the choice is down to you.
Zadar has an international airport that is served by a number of European airlines throughout the summer. There is a shuttle bus from the airport or you can get a taxi to the marina.
There are three marinas that serve Zadar. The two in the city itself are more modest affairs while the one down the road in Sukosan is a major resort in its own right.
Zadar Marina (Port of Zadar):
Max Length 50m (164 Feet)
Max Draught 12m (39.3 Feet)
List of additional services: Water, shore power, laundry, fuel station, dressing rooms, bar, restaurant, rental a car
Run by the same company that owns the giant D-Marin Dalmacija in nearby Sukosan, this is a smaller and more modest affair. It has charter companies that offer catamaran, sailing boat, motorboat and gulet (crewed yacht charter) rental.
Max Length 30m (98.4 Feet)
Max Draught 3.5m (11.48 Feet)
List of additional services: Water, laundry, dressing rooms, fuel station (1NM away), market, bar and restaurant.
D-Marin Dalmacija Marina, Sukosan:
Just 8km from Zadar, 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.
In North Dalmatia and pretty much at the center of nautical tourism in Croatia, you have a wide array of itineraries to choose from on your sailing yacht charter. Here are two seven day routes and a 14 day route.
7 days southern circuit - Dalmatian coastn and islands: Your outward leg can take in the Dalmatian coastal towns of Biograd, Sibenik, the island of Murter and then Rogoznica before heading out and island hopping via the Kornatinational park and back across the Sibenik Archipelago to Pasman Island before returning back to home port.
7 days - Kvarner archipelago: Heading on a northerly outward leg you can cross the Pasman Strait and out to the famous Kornati Island national park before island hopping out of Zadar County as far as Krk and Cres in the Northern Croatia. Returning, do visit Starigrad before passing under the famous arch of the Pag Bridge back towards Zadar and the Virski Most bridge to home port.
14 days - Trogir and the Dalmatian Islands: Here you have an opportunity to coastal hop down Dalmatia, taking in the national parks of Krka and Mljet (pausing in Sibenik on the way) before arriving in historic towns of Trogir or Split. Head west to the party island of Hvar and then island hop north via the Sibenik archipelago and Kornati islands. Explore the Zadar islands before heading back to the home port.
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. 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 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.
The smallest in Zadar is D-Marin Borik that can take 175 boats. The main one in the city itself is the Port of Zadar that has up to 500 berths. With 1,200 berths, the nearby D-Marin Dalmacija in Sukosan is just 8km from Zadar itself.
July and August are the peak season with many marinas charging significantly more for berths. It could pay to go in quieter times - school termtime for example is when you will find Zadar quieter but nonetheless entrancing. The weather is good in September and May 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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