Croatia is a fascinating country; it offers beautiful sights along the Adriatic coast. Home of a combination of Mediterranean and Eastern European culture, its cities, its beautiful natural features and its friendly atmosphere provide numerous options for entertainment. A bareboat charter in Croatia is undoubtedly one of the best options for a vacation in this country. You can combine sailing with relaxation on the beach and sightseeing; discover amazing cities, charming coastal villages, Natural Parks, delicious cuisine a great nightlife and a lot more. Ports in Croatia are well-known for providing good facilities and enough mooring places to accommodate all arriving boats. A bareboat charter will allow you to stay in total control of your sailing vacation while enjoying the privacy that a boat provides. However, if you do not have a sailing license, you can ask for a professional skipper at any destination in Croatia: Dubrovnik, Split, Trogir, Zadar, Murter, Pula, Biograd, Tucepi or Krvavica.

Sailing in Croatia

There are no strict navigation rules or a unique sailing license for bareboat charter in Croatia, but usually the validity of boat licenses depend on the sailing distance. The official sailing distance for sport boats has a limit of 12 miles from the coast. The length of the boat is also a factor, so it will be a good idea to check your boat type before renting.

Charter Preparation Tips:

Make sure that you bring your original skipper’s license or certificate with you in case the port authorities ask to see it. If you do not have an official sailing license, by law you will not be allowed to charter a boat without an officially certified skipper onboard.

Requirements for a skipper in Croatia

  • ICC (International Certificate of Competence), International – Prerequisites: RYA “Day Skipper Course” or similar/equivalent certification from any recognized sailing association or complete the ICC Assessment form to prove competence from previous experience.
  • IPC (International Proficiency Certificate), America – Prerequisites: ASA 104 or US Sailing “Bareboat Cruising Course”.

More sailing Requirements:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Be able to navigate during 1 day (theory and practice)
  • Mooring, operations and management of the boat
  • Radio communication practices
  • Basic safety practices
Murter, Croatia

Murter, Croatia

Sailing licenses from other countries that are valid in Croatia:

  • Spain: Patrón de embarcaciones de Recreo (PER) or above
  • United Kingdom: RYA (Day Skipper practical license)
  • United States: ASA 104 o US Sailing (Bareboat Cruising Course)
  • Germany: Sportbootführerschein or above
  • Belgium: Algemeen Stuurbrevet/ Brevet de conduite général

Customer’s obligations:

  • Once you have chosen the port/place of departure, there are certain conditions that must be followed, if you decide to rent a boat in Croatia without a skipper. Prior to taking the responsibility for the boat from the marina where it is moored, the client is obliged to settle a security deposit to the yacht charter company or fleet.
  • Accept all terms involving bareboat charter.
  • Take care of the sailing material.
  • Choose a sailing route only in Croatia.
  • If leaving Croatian territorial waters you must obtain special written approval.
  • If the boat is lost, confiscated or an authorized party has forbidden its sailing, you are always obliged to inform the Yacht Charter company/fleet and any other relevant authorized persons.
  • All damages to the underwater section caused by the Client’s gross negligence or reckless conduct will be repaired at the Client’s expense.

Now that you know most of the requirements and conditions, visit us and think about a boat rental in Croatia or bareboat charter for your next holiday. Sailing in Croatia will be an unforgettable experience!



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