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FAQ2020-03-10T13:28:29+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 all the FAQ. From boats to booking and payments, money to marinas, browse through the topics or try putting a keyword into the search box. You can also find more extensive articles about yacht charters and sailing holidays in Croatia in our blog.

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

Change in laws during COVID-192020-05-18T07:53:14+00:00

Package Travel Regulation changes due to COVID

The Croatian Parliament has approved the Tourism Ministry’s proposal to make changes to the Law on Emergency Tourism Services, which allows travel agencies to issue vouchers instead of refunding passengers for package arrangements.

The passenger is fully protected as they receive a voucher they can use for another trip or a deferred travel period.

If the traveller insists on a cash refund, the organiser must make a refund within 14 days after the expiry of 180 days from the date of the cancellation. For further information see Article 38a of this document.

Charter companies response to COVID cancellations

Where travel is not possible due to Coronavirus, the charter companies are issuing vouchers that are valid for future travel.

Keep informed during these uncertain times

It is vital that you keep up-to-date with all the latest travel advice both in your home country and in Croatia. The Coronavirus pandemic is a continually developing situation and information is changing on a daily basis. For the latest facts and figures on Coronavirus in Croatia see the Government website. There is also further information on the HZJZ (Croatian Institute for Public Health).

When borders do reopen there will be additional checks and measures in place. All incoming travelers are likely to have to provide evidence of a valid PCR test (completed within the past 24hrs) as well as providing details of countries that you have visited during the last 14 days.

If you are stopped at the border as you do not meet any current entry requirements, The Yacht Break cannot be held responsible. Please see the Terms and Conditions with regards to cancellation for further information.

Pricing policy – build your package2020-05-07T14:14:17+00:00

Pricing policy

When it comes to booking a yacht, every charter company and booking agent has a different pricing policy. Often, customers have to fill in forms to request prices for particular weeks. Then they need to wait for an answer, so it can be a frustratingly slow process. Even when the answer comes, there are often hidden extras that get added on at later stages. Luckily, you are on The Yacht Break website! We are transparent, so on each yacht page you will be able to see a chart telling you exactly what price the boat is for each charter week that it is available. What is more, on that initial page you will also see a list of the other costs , both payable during the booking process, and what is due ohn departure day.

The upfront booking price

At The Yacht Break, we like to keep it simple:

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. This way if you change your mind, or if plans need to be modified, you have not paid for something that is no longer required. For example, if you change your mind about doing a one-way route (perhaps because of the weather), you would not need to pay the surcharge. You can make the call on departure day.

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.

Find out further information on The Yacht Break booking and payment process here.

Confidence in The Yacht Break credentials?2020-03-10T13:28:09+00:00

The Yacht Break credentials

We are a small and independent yacht charter broker rather than a massive multinational company. However, that does not mean we are any less legitimate. You can read why we are small, but perfectly formed in the blog. In this FAQ we can go further to help reassure you:

Registered with the EU

The Yacht Break d.o.o. is a private limited company based in Slovenia and recognized by the EU and Slovenian Government (registered address: Ivanci 16, 9222 Bogojina, Slovenia; company number 8608636000). In recognition of the strength of The Yacht Break brand, it has been formed into a stand-alone company. Prior to 2020 it was trading under the parent company of Roža Vetrov d.o.o.

The Yacht Break is a legitimate business

Recognized by the National Tourist Board

We are listed by the Croatian National Tourist Board on its website. You may know this institution by it’s tag line ‘Croatia Full of Life’. The Yacht Break actively helps to promote tourism within Croatia, providing potential visitors with inspiration and expert advice about what to do and where to go.

The Yacht Break is recognized by the Croatian National Tourist Board

Recommended on TripAdvisor

The Yacht Break is recommended on Trip Advisor and you are welcome to go onto the platform to read reviews from previous clients. TripAdvisor has a policy of only listing tour operators once, in their most frequent departure point. This means that we are listed in Split, but we also operate from Dubrovnik, Šibenik and Zadar.

The Yacht Break is recommended on TripAdvisor

Listed on trusted travel and information websites

You can find The Yacht Break listed in the directories of various well known and established independent websites. For example, we are under the tour operators section of the online travel information site Visit Croatia. The Yachting Pages Media Group is a trusted, world-leading brand, providing products and services to the global superyacht market. We are listed within their Travel Agents directory.

The Yacht Break is on Visit Croatia
The Yacht Break is listed on the YachtingPages

Active on social media

Our brand has a strong following across all of the usual social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest) as well as an established business identity on Linked In and Google. You can find our social links in the footer.

Personal endorsements

There is nothing stronger than a personal recommendation, and you can find reviews from our previous clients in our testimonial section as well as on Trip Advisor and Facebook.

Meet the team

We realise that purchasing a sailing holiday is a big commitment and understand your caution when undertaking such an investment. Hopefully, we have helped to ease your concerns by providing all the information you need to book with confidence. You are more than welcome to talk to one of the team if you have any further questions. If you would like us to give you a call, you can fill in the contact form and we will ring you back at your convenience.

Further reading

You can also find more information in our Terms & Conditions as well as our Privacy Policy.

How to choose the right sailing boat?2020-02-01T19:04:25+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). If you are booking a crewed catamaran, space has already been allocated for them so you do not need to adjust for this in your calcuations.
  • 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?2020-02-01T19:04:25+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.

How do I book a vessel?2020-02-01T19:04:25+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 pay for my sailing holiday by credit card?2020-03-03T17:01:03+00:00

The Yacht Break understands the extra security that paying by credit card provides. We accept the following credit cards:

You may also use a Maestro debit card, make payment via bank wire transfer or pay in cryptocurrency via BitPay.

Card payments are processed securely online via Stripe.

Remember that if you pay by wire transfer, it will take two business days to complete, so you need to leave yourself enough time. Please send a copy of the transfer so we have the details.

Find out how to resolve problems with card payments in this FAQ.

Crewed catamarans & monohulls2020-02-18T10:43:55+00:00

Crewed Catamarans and Monohulls are the top vessels in our portfolio. Use the filter in our yacht portfolio to identify the crewed yachts (Service type = Crewed).

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 vessel, transit log and all necessary crew. Take a look at each type of crewed catamaran and monohull to see who will form part of your crew. The information is in the Overview section of each yacht. All other costs are dealt with separately.

Cabins and berths

For the crewed catamarans, the number of cabins and berths displayed on our website concern the guests only. The cabins and berths for the crew have already been accounted for so you do not need to include them in your calculations.

However, for the crewed monohulls, that come with a captain and one skipper cabin, this adjustment has not been made. This is because you may wish to add a hostess to your booking and therefore would need to allocate additional crew spaces.

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 and monohull 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.

What is a bareboat charter?2020-02-01T19:04:26+00:00

A bareboat charter is where you only rent the yacht/catamaran. You do not hire a professional skipper to come on board. You will need to hold the necessary qualifications to do this (see this FAQ to find out which licenses are recognized).

When chartering bareboat, you take full responsibility for the vessel and your crew. Under Croatian law, this means that you will not be able to consume alcohol while in charge of the vessel. Only once you have securely docked for the night will you be able to drink.

This is why many customers decide to take a skipper along on their yacht so that they can fully relax and enjoy a carefree sailing holiday!

Do you accept American Express?2020-03-03T11:31:08+00:00

Yes, having integrated the Stripe payment system into our website, we are now able to accept American Express. You can make payments with Amex or other leading credit cards when booking your sailing holiday.

 

My card payment failed2020-02-01T19:04:26+00:00

Why did my payment not go through?

If your card payment was declined, it is likely to be due to security. Banks take your security very seriously, as right they should. Buying a sailing holiday in Croatia is not an everyday occurrence. This means they may flag up the transaction as potential fraud and put a block on it.

Get in touch with your card issuer

3D Secure is an online payment security technology that aims to reduce online credit card fraud. If your card is not enrolled on the Visa Secure (previously Verified by Visa) payment technology or Mastercard SecureCode, then it may get blocked. When this happens you will need to contact your card issuer and inform them that you are trying to purchase a sailing holiday in Croatia. They will then authorize the transaction so that when you try again the payment should be successful.

Make sure you are 3D Secure!

Check with your card issuer to make sure that your credit card is enrolled with the 3D Secure program. If you are not already enrolled, it is quick and easy to do. The simple identification process will mean that your online purchases will run smoothly in the future.

Can I pay with crypto?2020-02-25T20:09:28+00:00

Can I pay with crypto?

Yes! The Yacht Break is proud to become the first company in our sector to accept Bitcoin and other major cryptocurrencies from our customers. When you come to pay for your sailing holiday, you will be able to use your cryptocurrency to pay.

Which cryptocurrencies do you accept? Pay with Crypto Currencies (BTC, BCH, ETH, XRP, USDT)

We accept invoice payments in four of the major cryptocurrencies:

  • BTC (bitcoin)
  • BCH(bitcoin cash)
  • ETH(ethereum)
  • XRP (ripple)

Do I need a particular cryptocurrency wallet?

The Yacht Break uses BitPay so you will need to have a compatible wallet. BitPay invoices only work with wallets that are updated to work with Payment Protocol. The Payment Protocol makes sure you send exactly the right amount of Bitcoin or other cryptocurrency. You don’t need to worry about failed payments, delayed orders, or refunds. The Payment Protocol adds new security to payments, protecting you from sending payments to imposters or attackers. Furthermore, Payment Protocol makes sure you include a high enough miner fee for the network to confirm your transaction.

How do I pay with cryptocurrency?

At checkout, select BitPay – Pay with Crypto and follow the instructions onscreen. Please note that the link is only valid for 15 minutes. If you take longer you will need to refresh the link before you pay.

Further information

If you are new to cryptocurrencies and need help or more information, read this step-by-step guide on how to get started and set yourself up to pay BitPay invoices. You may also want to read our blog article on paying with crypto.

What qualifications do I need for a bareboat charter in Croatia?2020-02-01T19:04:26+00:00

To charter a yacht or catamaran without one of our skippers, you will need:

  • a recognized certificate of competence issued by your country
  • a VHF License

Croatia accepts licenses from almost all European countries as well as many others. Make sure that you download the list issued by the Croatian Ministry of the Sea to check if you have a valid license. If you are unsure, please get in touch with us so that there are no problems during check-in.

Which cryptocurrency wallets can I use?2020-02-05T18:32:27+00:00

You can use any Payment Protocol-compatible wallet to pay a BitPay invoice. If you don’t have one yet, simply create a wallet for the crypocurrency you want to use. Here is a list of some compatible wallets:

How do I move bitcoin to a Payment Protocol-compatible spending wallet?

Watch this video tutorial here on how to move funds from an exchange to a bitcoin wallet for spending.

Can I charter a vessel for less than a week?2020-02-01T19:04:26+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.

Technical equipment on board?2020-02-01T19:04:26+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.

How to pay a BitPay invoice?2020-02-03T16:00:48+00:00

Pay with BitPay How to pay a BitPay invoice

Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies that BitPay accepts are secure currencies for the internet. You can pay without handing out sensitive financial information, and you don’t need an account.

Cryptocurrency Fees

Miner fees are the cost your wallet pays for the computing power which confirms transactions on the Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash networks. Miner fees are not BitPay fees, and they cannot be refunded. These fees can be higher or lower depending on the number of transactions waiting to be confirmed on the Bitcoin or Bitcoin Cash networks.

This also applies to gas prices on the Ethereum network.

Network Cost Fee

The Network Cost fee included in your invoice total covers the Bitcoin or Bitcoin Cash miner fee cost of BitPay’s transaction sweep for your payment. It is not included with refunds. Learn more about the reasons for this cost.

What are the different service types?2020-02-01T19:04:26+00:00

Within the portfolio, you will find two service types:

Bareboat (option to add crew)

Choose this if:

Crewed

These crewed vessels come with the necessary crew to sail the catamaran and look after the guests already included in the price. Note that the crewed monohulls only include the price of the skipper, but you will have the option to add a hostess/chef if you wish.

Is bed linen, cutlery, etc. provided on board?2020-02-01T19:04:26+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.

Can I take over the vessel before the time determined for check-in?2020-02-01T19:04:26+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.

Why book through an agent?2020-02-24T19:26:12+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. Find out more about how a yacht charter broker is a perfect companion when you want to book a sailing holiday. They give free, impartial advice and work as your right-hand man for free!

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

Can you help with airport transfers?2020-02-01T19:04:26+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

What is a transit log?2020-02-01T19:04:27+00:00

When you look at booking a yacht, you will notice that each boat also has an obligatory transit log to pay. This is a fee that the charter company applies to the boat hire and as such is not under the control of The Yacht Break. The value depends on the size of the vessel, how many cabins and exactly what is included. It also differs between charter companies, so two comparable Lagoon 42s may have different transit log costs. Be rest assured that The Yacht Break only deals with charter companies that we are happy with. We want our customers to haev a good level of service right through their sailing holiday, from start to finish

Each yacht in The Yacht Break portfolio displays the cost of this transit log so you are aware of exactly what you are paying for. 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 as payment has already been taken.

What is included in the Transit Log?

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

The most important detail for you, the customer, in our experience is whether or not beach towels are included. Often you are arriving by air and in order to minimize the size of your suitcase it is useful to know. Feel free to enquire which towels are included when you submit your booking request.

Can you help me organize a special event?2020-02-01T19:04:26+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.

One-way sailing routes2020-02-01T19:04:26+00:00

You can charter some yachts 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. Let us know if you are interested and we can advise you which vessels are capable.

Is there an additional fee?

A surcharge is required to cover the fuel, labor and administration costs of returning the boat to the base marina. This is around €450-700 depending on the vessel in question.

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 yacht time to be returned to its base marina ready for the next charter week.

How do we check-out?

The yachts that have the option to sail one-way routes have bases at both ends. This means you will be able to check-out when you leave the yacht at your chosen destination.

Are skipper’s and hostess’s services included in price?2020-02-01T19:04:27+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?

Yacht availability2020-02-01T19:04:27+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.

What does APA stand for?2020-02-01T19:04:27+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.

If you use up your APA before the end of the sailing holiday, you will need to top it up.

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

How are menus and food choices decided and when?2020-02-01T19:04:27+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?2020-02-01T19:04:44+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?2020-02-01T19:04:44+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?2020-02-01T19:04:44+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?2020-02-01T19:04:44+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.

Children on board?2020-02-01T19:04:44+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.

Can we make crew changes during a sailing trip?2020-02-01T19:04:44+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.

What should I bring with me?2020-02-01T19:04:44+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?2020-02-24T19:42:10+00:00

With lots of different sailing routes in Croatia, there is something for everyone. The Yacht Break has a portfolio of yachts distributed across the four regions of Dalmatia. When you search for yachts you can filter for the following areas:

  • Dubrovnik
  • Split
  • Sibenik
  • Zadar

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 Insurance2020-02-01T19:04:44+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?2020-02-01T19:04:44+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?2020-02-01T19:04:44+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

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 amount of this APA for each catamaran can be found on the specific booking page. 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?2020-02-01T19:04:44+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?2020-02-01T19:04:44+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…2020-02-01T19:04:44+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.