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On a Zadar catamaran charter with Borrow a Boat you can explore much of the Adriatic Coast and beautiful islands nearby within an easy sail. Whatever you want from a Croatia yacht charter, from its beautiful beaches and excellent food to its vibrant culture, a Zadar sailing vacation is going to be an unforgettable experience.
The Northern Dalmatia city of Zadar is a buzzing, cosmopolitan city that has been inhabited for at least 3,000 years. The Roman ruins (the Forum) date to just over 2000 years back, while the fine wines were well established locally long before they arrived!
Today, Zadar is widely held as the coolest city in Croatia with something for just about everyone. If round the clock hedonism is your thing, you'll find nightclubs with the world's top DJs pounding the night to dawn. If relaxation and rest from the world is your thing, the old town has lots to offer too. Both worlds meet at the beautiful waterfront where those waking up and those winding down can enjoy the sunset (and sunrise as the night owls start fading!). Those in between can enjoy some of the finest wines in the world and excellent restaurants as they choose.
With the marina a short hop from Zadar Airport, your Zadar catamaran charter has so much to offer as a launching point for a Croatia yacht charter! From the city you can explore the nearby Zadar archipelago and Kornati archipelago to your heart's content, mooring in quiet coves all to yourself and your fellow charter guests. Down the Croatian coast to the SE, Sibenik is close to a national park renowned for its waterfalls, a short walk from an inland waterway accessible on your luxury yacht. If beautiful beaches are your thing, you won't have to travel far, while fun vacation towns like Hvar and Trogir are fun for a great night out too.
Crewed Catamaran Charters from Zadar
You don't need to worry about qualifications or even sailing the boat in Croatia with Borrow a Boat! A Zadar crewed catamaran charter on a motor catamaran or sailing catamaran can mean you do as much or as little physically sailing the yacht as you like.
A captained yacht charter will mean that the captain will be aboard with their own cabin to attend to all your needs. A crewed yacht charter will involve one or two crew on the gulet who will cook, sail and make suggestions as to your best destinations on your sailing itinerary.
As to you? You can just enjoy the breezes and views, or if you fancy learning a bit about sailing, help the captain or crew to get the boat from A-B.
A Zadar crewed yacht charter will cost a little more (typically $150 a day for a captain and $100 per crew member) and it's the done thing to thank them with a tip at the end of the week.
Bareboat Catamaran Charter From Zadar
A bareboat catamaran charter will mean that you can take the yacht out on your own. Generally for vessels up to 20 meters LOA on a sailing license such as an RYA Day Skipper or ASA 104 Bareboat certificate, you will have total responsibility for the yacht.
You will need to think about your itinerary, victualling, possible secondary ports should a marina be full, as well as issues like weather and mooring fees.
On a bareboat charter you will be asked to pay for insurance in the form of a security deposit on departure or through buying charter insurance before you go on your sailing vacation.
When searching a geographical area on Borrow A Boat you can filter by the below charter yacht types. There is also the option to further filter your searches by price, the number of guests, cabins or bathrooms, what year the catamaran was launched, the boat length and the boat manufacturer.
Types of Catamarans Available:
Sailing Catamarans: Luxury catamarans are stable and spacious type of sailing boat, with quick sailing performance, and and have been gaining in popularity in recent years. Better for larger groups, they have lots of room for water toys, and are big enough for a little privacy. A catamaran charter luxury yacht is easy and comfortable for novices not used to heeling and are loved by families due to their extra space when compared to a monohull sailing yacht. Typically far more luxurious than a sailboat the larger catamarans have en suite toilets and showers in the cabin as well as ample entertaining space in the saloon and on deck.
Power Catamarans: These motor yacht catamarans are relatively new but have also been gaining in popularity as the two hulls keep the boat more stable when compared to a monohull. The wider beam of the motor boats also mean more deck space and as they don't have sails or a mast, they have a lot more space on deck than a sailing catamaran rental or monohull. For a luxury catamaran charter, consider taking a crewed catamaran charter sailing vacation with an experienced captain.
On your crewed catamaran charter or bareboat charter you can explore the Adriatic coast or beautiful islands to your heart's content. Here we suggest a 7 day sailing vacation and a 14 day yacht charter vacation on your charter boat:
7 Days - Adriatic Coast and Islands: Split or Trogir will be your mid-point on this sailing vacation to the SE of Zadar. Via the Zadar Archipelago you will head to the Kornati Island group as a second night. Perhaps pausing for an evening to appreciate the Dragon's Eye of Rognozica, head on to Hvar, famed for its beaches and buzz. Marina Kastela near Trogir will allow you to visit Split, and then back via Sibenik and its beautiful national park to Zadar for handover.
14 Days - Dubrovnik and the Croatian Coast: Involving some longer legs, you will head SE, taking in the Kornati island group and Zadar archipelago before exploring the Dalmatian Islands and the ones off Dubrovnik before your SE end point at the ancient and beautiful city that once was capital of the Ragusan Empire. Coast hop NW via towns like Makarska and Trogir, perhaps spending an evening in Croatia's second city of Split on the way. Rognizica's famous Dragon's Eye and wild coast are an important stop as your continue north. Onward to Croatia's oldest city of Sibenik (Marina Mandalina is excellent) and another famed party town, Biograd as you come to the end of your Adriatic Coast and islands sailing vacation.
If you are on a captained catamaran charter you do not need a license to sail out of Zadar, you can just turn up at the marina and go.
You do need a license if you are on a bareboat catamaran charter and in some countries such as Croatia a day captain or ICC may not be enough for boats over 45 feet in length, you will need to check with the charter agent but here are some examples of typical sailing qualifications that will allow you to charter in most countries:
International Certificate of Competence: This is issued on request by your European sailing authority and you should automatically qualify with certain national sailing qualifications.
RYA Qualifications: If you have the following qualifications you will typically be able to take a bareboat charter out of Zadar (but it is worth checking as per above), these include Day Captain ( sail or motor endorsement), Coastal Captain or Yachtmaster.
American Sailing Association (ASA): The ASA 104 Bareboat certificate is commonly accepted but also check as per above
US Sailing: The International Proficiency Certificate is widely accepted and The Bareboat Cruising Certificate is also accepted in many cases.
Below we've picked some of our favorite destinations worldwide for renting catamarans with something to suit every type of sailor.
Catamaran Charter in Greece: Enjoy the amazing culture and cuisine while island hopping in Greece.
Catamaran Charter in Croatia: Take in the delights of the Adriatic sea along with the rich history of Croatia.
Catamaran Charter in BVI: Excellent sailing conditions along with unspoilt natural beauty make this a must sailplace.
Catamaran Charter in Spain: With just under 5,000km of coastline and 60 islands on the Atlantic ocean and Mediterranean there's a lot to get excited about.
Catamaran Charter in St.Lucia: Enjoy beautiful sandy beaches on this luscious green island in the hear of the Caribbean.
Catamaran Charter in France: From the stunning coastlines of the Cote d'Azur and French Riviera in the south of France to the island of Corsica or feisty Atlantic coast, this is a diverse and beautiful country for a sailing vacation.
Catamaran Charter in Grenada: Enjoy a fantastic Caribbean sailing experience on the 'Island of Spice' in windward islands
Catamaran Charter in Italy: A catamaran charter in Italy has got to be close to the top of every sailor's bucket list, enjoy the stunning cuisine and culture
Catamaran Charter in Turkey: A catamaran charter in Turkey is more of an adventure and a chance to explore a unique culture where East meets West on the cultural and geological border between Europe and Asia.
Catamaran Charter in Martinique: Charter around wonderful Martinique and enjoy stunning the Caribbean landscapes
Catamaran Charter in The Bahamas: The ideal location for a luxury catamaran charter in crystal clear waters
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.
You will typically pay 50% up front on reservation the catamaran 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 chartercompanies themselves.
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.
You will typically pay 50% up front on reserving the catamaran 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 and they can typically send someone from the charter base
You should consider do you have the experience to handle the catamaran 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 in the 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. If you choose to have a skipper on board your catamaran you won't require licences.
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