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FAQ2019-06-28T14:13:48+00:00

Do you have questions about sailing holidays in Croatia?

Then you are in the right place! Here is where you will find the answers to help you along the way. From boats to booking, money to marinas, browse through the topics or try putting a keyword into the search box.

Don’t forget you can also get in touch via the contact page if you want more help!

Pricing policy – build your package2019-09-07T17:05:56+00:00

The upfront booking price

Yacht price + Transit log  = Upfront booking price

If your holiday is within 40 days of the booking date, you will pay the full amount straight away. Otherwise, you can choose to pay in two installments: pay half when booking and the rest 40 days before sailing.

During the booking process, you can build your package to suit your needs

The optional extras that you select will be organized by The Yacht Break, and you will pay for them on the day of departure.

Crew

To keep prices low, it is best for you to pay for the crew directly on departure day. You can hand the skipper the wages for all the crew in euros and they will distribute it accordingly.

Other optional extras

The cost of other items, such as early check-in, safety nets, and water toys, will be payable on the day of departure during the check-in process at the charter office.

Tourist tax

You will pay the tourist tax, currently equivalent to a maximum of €1.50 per person per day, in cash (HRK) at the charter office during check-in.

Refundable deposit

While you are at the charter office, you will be required to authorize a refundable deposit against your credit card. Assuming that you do not cause any damage to the yacht during your sailing holiday (such as blocking the pipes with toilet paper or breaking the hatches), this will be returned at check-out.

How to choose the right sailing boat?2019-08-31T10:44:56+00:00

How can you make sure you choose the right vessel for your sailing holiday? Yacht or catamaran? We are regularly asked this question…. above all it really depends on your preferences. So, let’s take a look at our three broad vessel types in order to help you make the right decision:

Monohull yachts

Monohull sailing yacht

Choose a monohull to experience true sailing potential and excitement. We have yachts that can take up to 12 people in our fleet.

Catamarans

sailing catamaran

For extra space, luxury and stability, you can sail on a catamaran. The extra spec onboard allows you to maximize your off-grid adventures.

Crewed catamaran

The ultimate sailing package comes with the top-of-the-range catamarans in our fleet. These are fully crewed with everyone needed to masterfully sail them.

  • Skipper/Hostess/Chef included

  • Deckhand where appropriate

  • Pre-paid APA required

Thinking about the answers to these questions will help narrow it down further:

  • How many people will be on board? The number of berths on a vessel is the maximum number of people it can legally carry. Remember that you have to count both Guests and crew.
  • Does your group consist of pairs who can share the same cabin or do some Guests require a separate cabin? It is generally better for people to sleep in private cabins rather than converting the communal area into beds at night if it can be avoided.
  • If you are taking help along, the skipper and any other crew also sleep on board, so cabin space needs to be reserved for them. This is easy if there are crew cabins on the boat. If not, they will need one of the other cabins (skipper and hostess can share).
  • Do you prefer comfort? There is more space in a catamaran so the spec tends to be higher

See our blog article on Yacht vs Catamaran for further discussion of the pros and cons of each vessel type. For more information on Crewed Catamarans see this FAQ.

Sailing boat or catamaran?2018-12-19T10:35:54+00:00

The type of vessel depends entirely on your wishes and preferences.

A catamaran is an excellent choice for those with no sailing experience, or who feel somewhat cautious about sailing. It has two hulls therefore it provides greater stability, meaning that catamarans barely lean. The double hull offers greater comfort, a spacious saloon area, and larger cabins. Sailing is somewhat faster, since they have two engines. Modern catamarans have a shallow draft in order to make the access to land and bays easier.

That said, a lighter vessel provides more opportunity to harness the power of the wind, rather than travel using the motor, and the romanticism and adrenaline of setting sail using nature should not be underestimated!

Note that the local winds tend to be lighter in the summer months. Although the skippers are masterful at getting the most out of any breeze there is, they are not magicians, if there is not a breath of wind they will have to resort to the motor. The best months for real sailing tend to be May, June and September.

For further discussion of the pros and cons of each vessel type, see our blog.

Crewed catamarans2019-05-07T21:14:50+00:00

Crewed Catamarans are the top vessels in our portfolio. Find a complete list of these high-end catamarans at the end of this FAQ.

So, how does chartering one of these elite vessels differ from other yachts?

The quoted price

The price on our website is the cost of the catamaran, transit log and all necessary crew. Take a look at each type of crewed catamaran to see who will form part of your crew. All other costs are dealt with separately.

Other costs

Advance Provisioning Allowance (APA)

Managed by the captain

The APA will cover all other onboard costs. This is managed by the captain, who will keep a complete and accurate record of all receipts. At the end of the charter, any remaining funds will be returned. Alternatively, you will have to pay the difference on any overspend.

What does the APA cover?

    • Tourist tax
    • Marina/anchorage fees
    • Port and legal fees
    • Fuel
    • Supplies and provisions on board
    • Crew gratuities
    • Other activities that guests have specifically requested

How much is the APA?

The Crewed Catamaran APA is calculated as a percentage of the price (usually 30-35%). As an example, for the Lagoon 77, the APA is €8,000 minimum.

It will vary depending on your specific requests. For example, if you spend more than four hours a day cruising you will consume more fuel. Furthermore, if you have particular food and drink requests that are more expensive, then catering costs will rise.

Onshore costs

Spending in restaurants and shops while on shore does not come under the APA.

Deposit not necessary

No security deposit is needed for fully crewed catamarans.

Which vessels in the portfolio are Crewed Catamarans?

Lagoon 77

Crew: Captain, hostess, chef & deckhand

Lagoon 620

Crew: Captain, hostess & chef

Sunreef 60

Crew: Captain, hostess & chef

Lagoon 560/S2

Crew: Captain & hostess
Technical equipment on board?2018-12-19T10:36:03+00:00

Information on the equipment on board the yacht is provided in the overview section of each vessel, where you can find details on the boat spec. In the comfort and entertainment sections you will see the things that make life on board more luxurious and fun. For help on what these mean, check out our guide on optional extras.

We only work with the very best. We hand-pick a portfolio of yachts which will deliver first-class high-end sailing. All our boats have air conditioning, safety- and navigation-equipment. In the overview section of each yacht you can also find out about which sails your yacht comes with.

Should you need further assistance, just contact us and we’ll send you a document outlining all the equipment on your chosen boat.

Is bed linen, cutlery, etc. provided on board?2019-01-08T09:47:57+00:00

Bed linen (sheets, blankets and pillows) is provided on every vessel. It is best to bring your own towels (both beach and bathroom), however, as not all charter agencies provide them.

Kitchens come equipped with a stove, oven, fridge and sink. They contain basic cooking utensils, pots/pans, table/glassware and cutlery similar to what you find in a small holiday rental.

In the comfort section of the yacht overview, you will find details of additional, non-standard, equipment. For example, coffee machines, ice- and water-makers.

How do I book a vessel?2019-01-08T09:48:02+00:00

Booking is easy. You can browse our portfolio of boats in the Yachts section, filtering by base marina as well as specific vessel types and attributes. If you prefer a more personal approach, you are welcome to either fill in the contact form, or give us a call, and we will prepare a suitable offer for you.

Having selected a boat, we will confirm availability within 24 hours. It will then be reserved for a further 24 hours on a no obligation basis for you to arrange payment of the deposit. This gives you time to organize your travel plans (buying plane tickets, etc.) and arrange everything with your crew members.

The vessel is considered booked by you as soon as you pay the first installment, 50% of the total price (or 100% if travelling within 40 days of booking). You can either pay by credit card or by bank transfer.

Any outstanding balance must be paid 40 days before departure.

For further details see How it Works

Can I charter a vessel for less than a week?2019-01-08T09:48:06+00:00

Sailing yacht charters usually begin, and end, on Saturdays.

Off-season (October – April)

If you wish to sail for less than a week in the low season this can be arranged. Pricing will be on a pro-rata basis (ie proportional to the number of days spent on board).

High season (May – September)

The main season runs from the second half of May until the first weeks of September. These are the busiest months and it is not possible to deviate from the Saturday-Saturday system. If you were unable to sail for the whole week, you would still be charged for a full weeks charter.

Can I take over the vessel before the time determined for check-in?2019-08-31T10:45:14+00:00

Saturdays are busy hand over days in the marina. If you have booked an early check-in, you should arrive at the marina around 12pm, otherwise come for 2pm. If you are arriving before this time, let us know your eta. It may be possible for us to have your vessel prepared early if it is not too busy in the marina at that time.

It is a good idea to arrive before the official charter company check-in time so you can meet up with your skipper (if you are taking one) and sort out preliminary provisioning. If you booked a hostess, you can hand over some APA so they can go shopping for you, while you relax in the marina bar!

If you are arriving on Friday or earlier in the week, and need some help in finding suitable accommodation, please feel free to contact us.

Can you help with airport transfers?2019-03-06T09:10:23+00:00

We are happy to help with airport transfers to and from the base marina. Let us know if you would like us to organize a reliable company to get all your crew and bags to the marina. Do you want a transporter (8-seater), a limo or a taxi?

For more information read this article: Airport – Marina Transfers

Why book through an agent?2019-08-30T18:23:58+00:00

We are discerning about which yachts we offer

A great agent vets the boats from many charter companies, only adding yachts and catamarans into their portfolio that they are 100% happy with. This, in turn, leads to happy sailors and returning customers. You can be assured that our experts have filtered the fleet. We only offer boats that we know you will be delighted with, and that we are content to sail.

We work with charter companies we respect

Agents should also choose charter companies that they know work well for the customer. At The Yacht Break, we have plenty of experience with the companies operating in Croatia. We know which we can expect a great working relationship with.

You can’t beat a bit of free expertise

We have years of experience that we are happy to share with you. This is invaluable, especially if you are new to sailing or going to a new area.

If you are concerned that adding a ‘middle-man’ may raise the cost, don’t be. Charter companies do not undercut agents, so you get the same price, with or without the added expertise that the Agent brings.

Take a look at this blog article to find out more: Small But Perfectly Formed

One-way sailing routes2019-08-31T10:45:25+00:00

With a skipper on board, it is possible to charter a boat in one marina and finish your voyage in another, for example, sailing from Split to Dubrovnik. This allows you to explore more of the region as you do not need to be restricted to returning to the base marina. In contrast, bareboat charters cannot sail a one-way route as there will be no one available to sail the yacht back to the start.

Is there an additional fee?

We offer this type of route at no additional cost when you have a skipper on board. In contrast, other charter companies will charge you an extra fee. Therefore you are effectively saving €450-700! This is because we can use your skipper to return the yacht to its base.

How long can we stay onboard?

To make a journey like this, you will need to disembark from the boat by noon on Friday. This gives the skipper time to return the boat to its base marina in time for the next charter week.

How do we check out?

The skipper will complete the check-out process for you when the boat returns to its base marina on Saturday.

You will need to pay the refundable deposit by credit card. As long as you have not damaged the boat during your voyage (for example, by blocking the toilet with paper or breaking the hatches), the deposit will be reimbursed to your card once the skipper has checked out.

Should anything happen to the boat on the return leg, you will not be culpable, the skipper has insurance to cover this.

Exceptional circumstances

To return the boat to Split from Dubrovnik requires the skipper to sail for approximately 20 hours. If bad weather is forecast it will not be possible to do this safely. An alternative circular sailing route will be agreed upon on your arrival day.

In this situation, we would recommend you continue your onward journey by taking the catamaran ferry from Split to Dubrovnik. This takes around 5 hours and will cause minimal disruption to the rest of your holiday plans.

Can you help me organize a special event?2019-05-14T20:54:47+00:00

Our dedicated team at The Yacht Break is here to help make your holiday perfect. We can assist with all sorts of occasions to make them extra special, for example:

Just let us know what you are celebrating and we will collaborate to plan it with you so that everything runs smoothly.

For more inspiration read our blog.

What is a transit log?2019-08-31T10:44:10+00:00

The transit log is a fee that the charter company applies to the boat hire. Once you have chosen your yacht or catamaran we will add the cost of the transit log on to your booking price. This will speed up the check-in process on departure day.

Exactly what is included in the transit log varies between charter agencies. However, it generally includes the following:

  • Documentation of the vessel’s permit/registration
  • Crew list (any changes during the sailing week will incur an additional cost)
  • Final cleaning
  • Diving inspection of the hull prior to check-out
  • Outboard motor
  • Bed linen
  • Towels (not all charter companies supply these)
  • Starter pack (sponge, washing up liquid, toilet roll, ashtray)
  • WiFi
What does APA stand for?2019-05-07T21:11:35+00:00

APA stands for Advance Provisioning Allowance. This helps you to budget for expenses you will incur during the course of your sailing holiday.

In general, we suggest allowing 20-25% APA on a standard yacht or catamaran charter. For Crewed Catamarans, the APA is usually 30% and it is handed over to the captain to manage at the start of the holiday.

Read this article to find out more: AP-eh? Explaining APA

Yacht availability2019-05-14T21:14:28+00:00

There is a small possibility that the yacht you choose when making your booking may not be available. For example, if it has suffered damage and requires maintenance. As outlined in the Terms and Conditions, we will endeavor to provide you with an appropriate alternative yacht. If a suitable replacement is not available a full refund will be provided.

Read the Cancelation and Variation Policies section of the T&C for more details.

Are skipper’s and hostess’s services included in price?2019-08-31T10:45:38+00:00

Monohull yachts and catamarans

Once you have selected your yacht/catamaran, you will be able to choose which crew you want to bring along. If you have the necessary licences and want to be in charge and responsible, you can charter the yacht bareboat. If you prefer to be more . Guests are required to provide them with food and drink during the charter. If you are having dinner onshore, you can either invite your crew with you or give them some money to have dinner on their own.

Crewed catamarans

The top-of-the-range catamarans in our fleet come fully crewed. The price includes the captain, hostess/chef, and deckhand (where appropriate). As with the other charter options, Guests will still be responsible for catering costs.

Gratuity – Gratuity of 5-15% of the booking price is suggested if you’re happy with the quality of the service. Read Tipping your crew… Why? How much? When?

How are menus and food choices decided and when?2019-05-14T21:20:01+00:00

When you book, you can choose to add a hostess to your crew. Your hostess will contact you a week or two before your departure to discuss the menu she will prepare each day. Once you have sent any dietary requirements and food preferences through, she will draw up a comprehensive menu for your approval.

On departure day, you will give her some of the APA (Advance Provisioning Allowance) so she can do the shopping for the week. If you wish, she can take responsibility for the whole APA so you do not have to worry yourself about paying for the duration of the sailing holiday. For example, paying mooring fees at harbors and fuel.

Here is a typical menu for a day on the yacht:

Breakfast buffet
A selection of traditional breakfast items can be made available, combined with some extraordinary dishes, for example:

  • Eggs in a variety of styles
  • Fresh fruit platter
  • Selection of local cheeses and cured meats
  • Croissants and fresh bread
  • Greek yogurt with honey and walnuts
  • Porridge
  • Quinoa-pumpkin-salad with fresh parsley
  • Pancakes with berries
  • Grilled tomatoes with oregano and feta

Lunch
Something light and fresh during the day so you can continue to enjoy the sea. For example, zucchini-spaghetti with salmon-fillet, cocktail tomatoes and a white-wine-sauce served with some crusty white bread

Dinner
On two nights of your sailing week, your hostess can cook dinner on board the boat, ideal for off-grid locations. A two-course meal will be served while you enjoy the mild night on the boat, such as grilled chicken with lemon-risotto and avocado-rocket-salad; followed by coconut cheesecake with berries.

Where do the skipper and hostess sleep?2018-12-19T10:38:02+00:00

Monohull

The skipper requires ONE cabin, however if you also book a hostess they can share a double cabin.

Catamaran

The skipper and hostess will use the two designated crew cabins on a catamaran.

Law

Vessels are registered for a certain number of people by law so this must not be exceeded. The crew list has to be registered with the charter company so there is a record of who is on board during the voyage.

What languages do the crew speak?2018-12-19T10:38:30+00:00

The skipper will speak fluent English and Croatian. On request, you can also get Spanish, German or French speakers. Please let us know if you have any specific language concerns.

What gender are the skipper & hostess?2018-12-19T12:07:10+00:00

Usually, the skipper is male and the hostess is female. However, The Yacht Break is able to supply excellent professional female skippers and/or male hosts on request (subject to availability). If you have a specific preference, please make us aware when you book your yacht.

Should I tip the crew?2019-05-14T18:31:49+00:00

It is good practice to tip your crew 5-15% of the booking price. So, if service was good, tip 5% or if it was amazing, tip closer to 15%

Give the gratuity at the end of the sailing holiday to your skipper and they will distribute it among the crew members.

Read Tipping your Crew: Why? How much? When to get a deeper explanation and discussion of tipping etiquette.

Is it possible for some people to leave and other to join the crew during a sailing trip?2019-05-01T17:56:17+00:00

Changes to the crew on board are possible during the sailing week. However, this needs to be indicated in advance and remain within the capacity of the boat. By law the charter company must hold an accurate record of crew; for search and rescue purposes, as well as boarder controls.

Further to the initial crew list that you must provide, you will need to fill out additional details. This will state the date of the change in crew and the subsequent updated crew list. All crew information should be emailed or faxed to us ahead of the sailing trip.

Before taking over the vessel, the charter agency will provide the guests with a verified crew list. This will have data both before and after the change and must be kept for the duration of the voyage.

If the crew suddenly changes during the cruise, without prior notice, guests are obliged to contact the charter agency and inform them about the change. They will then email a new verified crew list so that you can continue your journey where ever you may be.

All the crew lists (old and new) must be kept safely with the charter records on board the boat in case they need to be inspected by officials while sailing.

Children on board?2018-12-19T12:09:18+00:00

There is no age limit for crew members, and children can enjoy sailing from early in life. It is the responsibility of the accompanying adult guests to monitor young children. The safest cabins are situated in the front of the boat and, while sailing, make sure that you find a safe play area. The cockpit tends to be a relatively sheltered position; on a catamaran there are more suitable places than on a yacht. Catamaran also have more shaded areas, which is important for delicate infant skin. Safety nets are an optional extra that can secure the sides of the boat. All vessels also come with life vests.

Baby food is not supplied in all supermarkets so it is worth bringing your own along if they are at this stage of development. It is also prudent to choose routes that have shorter hops between the stops.

For further information and advice, read our blog article on Sailing with kids.

What should I bring with me?2019-05-14T21:22:18+00:00

When it comes to packing for a holiday on the sea, less is more. Space is at a premium, so clever packing is a must. Read the guide on what to pack for a sailing trip which goes into detail about the electronics you will need as well as clothing and footwear, which products are essentials, and money. It even has tips on what to pack it in!

Unless you have booked a hostess, you will need a mission to the supermarket at the base marina before you sail to stock up for your trip. Read our preliminary provisioning guide.

Which places should I visit?2019-05-14T21:46:56+00:00

With lots of different sailing routes in Croatia, there is something for everyone. The best sailing opportunities on the Dalmatian Coast can be broken down into three main areas, reachable from several base marinas.

Read our blog about the different places you can explore to get inspiration for your trip. Check out some of our recommended routes and read through the guides of some of our top destinations. Croatia has everything from beautiful cultural old towns, steeped in history and amazing architecture; to awe-inspiring natural wonders and hidden coves. It provides the perfect balance between adrenaline and peaceful solitude. Not to mention the restaurants and wine, which make it gastronomic paradise!

There are so many lovely locations to see, you may find yourself coming back year after year!

Travel Insurance2019-05-14T21:31:52+00:00

The Yacht Break does not sell or organize travel insurance.

It is your responsibility to make sure that you have adequate insurance in place (in accordance with our T&Cs). Furthermore, this needs to cover you for adventurous activities, such as sailing.

When should I return the vessel to the marina?2019-08-31T10:45:57+00:00

Boats generally have to return to their base marina by 6pm on Friday. You can then spend your last night onboard safely docked in the marina. The charter company will arrange for a diver to inspect the condition of the boat before check-out. Guests must disembark at 8-9am on Saturday so the vessel can be cleaned and prepared for the next charter.

It may be possible to return to base very early Saturday morning. However, it has to be early enough to have refueled and disembarked by 8-9am so you can’t stay far away.

One-way voyages

If you are sailing on a skippered one-way route (eg Split to Dubrovnik), you will have to leave the boat earlier. For the skipper to have time to return the boat to its base marina, you will need to disembark by noon on Friday. For more information see this FAQ.

Besides the charter fee, are there other costs I should budget for?2019-09-07T16:56:23+00:00

The other costs that you will need to budget for depend whether you are chartering a standard monohull yachts/catamaran or choose to take one of our elite Crewed Catamarans. Please read through the relevant section to discover what additional costs will arise during your holiday:

Monohull yachts and catamarans

Prior to travel

  • Airfare
  • Travel insurance

Additional crew

  • On departure day, you will pay for the crew in euros – skipper/hostess/chef

At the charter office

  • Tourist tax has to be paid in cash (HRK), at the most this will be equivalent to €1.50 pp/day
  • Any optional extras you have requested will be paid directly to the charter office (except additional crew)
  • A deposit will be held against your credit card in case of damage

APA – Advanced Provisioning Allowance

  • Marina & docking fees (depends on the boat length)
  • Food, water and all beverages*
  • Fuel

* Note that you are required to provide meals and drinks for the skipper/hostess as well if you have them

We recommend a budget of 25% of the total booking price. The APA can either be kept by the customer or handed to the skipper/hostess on the day of departure for them to manage on the customers’ behalf. To find out more about APA, read our article: AP-eh? Explaining APA.

In Croatia, cash is king so it is highly recommended to bring Kuna. For further information about money see our blog. Note that if you consume a higher than average amount of food and drink you may need to top up your APA!

Other costs

In the evenings you will generally be eating out at a restaurant so you need to allow for this. You can choose whether to invite any crew along or provide them with an allowance to eat separately.

Any extra activities that you would like to do en-route can be arranged by your skipper/hostess but will need to be paid for, such as wine tasting or scuba diving, etc.

Crewed Catamarans

The elite Crewed Catamarans are priced slightly differently to the other vessels in our portfolio:

  • All the necessary crew are already included in the charter price
  • You still have to budget for your airfare and travel insurance
  • You will be asked to supply an APA, usually 30% of the charter fee which will cover all other expenditure. The captain will keep an accurate record of all costs and at the end of the charter, you will either receive the balance or be asked to pay the difference
  • You will not be required to pay a damage deposit
  • You will still need to cover the same Other Costs as regular charter, for example, evening meals onshore and extra activities
Does the marina have a car park?2018-12-19T10:41:27+00:00

Marinas have secured parking area for cars. The price to park your car for a week will depend on the specific marina, but it will be around €45/week. It is not necessary to reserve a parking lot as there are plenty of spaces. The marina personnel oversee the car parking as well as the boats.

There are often cheaper parking options a short distance away from the marinas, although these are less secure. Check out the destination guides, near the base marina you are sailing from, for further details.

Which currency should I use to pay for mooring fees and other expenses?2018-12-19T10:41:46+00:00

The Croatian currency is the Kuna (HRK), therefore it should be used to pay for all services in the country*. Occasionally it is possible to pay mooring fees in Euros, but this marina specific and should be checked in advance.

Cash is king in Croatia and you can find ATMs everywhere. Tips must be paid in cash by law. Smaller bars/cafes, restaurants, shops, and excursions often only accept hard currency. You can use Visa/MasterCard in larger establishments, gas stations and supermarkets.

* Except the crew, who are paid in Euros.

Leaving a security deposit in the charter office…2019-04-25T18:29:42+00:00

Monohull yacht and catamaran

The charter office will hold a security deposit, to the value stated on the yacht summary, for the duration of your sail. This is held against your credit card; they all accept Visa and MasterCard and some take AMEX. It is to protect against damage to the outboard engine, anchor, dinghy, and blocked toilet pipes. After check-out, it will be returned, assuming there has been no damage.

Crewed Catamaran

You do not need to pay a deposit when chartering our top-of-the-range Crewed Catamarans.