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Dalmatian Islands Yacht Charter

Essential Information

 

Address & Map

 
Address
Sunsail Agana 
Marina Agana
Marina Dr. Franje Tudmana 5
21222 Marina, Croatia
 
Map
 
Location and Base/Shore Facilities

Marina Agana is situated in the centre of a lovely village. If you need a table for a group, reservations are required. Customer Service will be pleased to book a table for you.

The marina includes:

  • Water
  • Electricity
  • 24h shower and toilets facilities
  • Sunsail WiFi on all docks
  • Marina restaurants and bars
  • Laundry service
  • Garbage disposal
  • Car parking spaces
  • ATM
  • Supermarket
  • Chandlery
  • Fuel

The village of Marina is only a short walk away and you will find; several restaurants and bars, two well stocked supermarkets, currency exchange office (in high season), pharmacy, post office and pebble beaches for swimming.

Within the marina reception office, there is an Internet Shop with a computer and a fax machine, all at the disposal of Sunsail customers.
Agana Marina supermarket closes at 1 pm on Sunday and there can be very long queues on a Saturday and Sunday morning. 
The post office is situated in the centre of the town.  Open Monday to Friday, 7 am to 9 pm and Saturday 7 am to 12 pm for July and August and Monday to Friday 8am to 3pm for the rest of the year . Telephone and internet facilities are available in the Marina (wifi only). There are also small exchange offices in town offering a better exchange rate than the bank, open from 8.00 am to 8.00 pm (variable working hours).
There is a parking available at the base (50€ per week).

You can find further details on all facilities in the Agana Base guide here.

Parking

Parking spaces are available at the marina. However, we cannot guarantee parking spaces and are not able to reserve them. The marina operates these spaces on a first come first served basis. We do not take responsibility for anything that happens to vehicles using the car parking spaces. The cost for parking is about HRK 38 per day. This is arranged and payable directly to the marina, not Sunsail.

There is an additional car park at the entrance to the marina, in the village. There is no charge for these spaces, however they are outside of the secure marina.

Base Opening Hours

Monday – Thur: 8:30am – 16:30
Friday – Sunday: 8:30am – 19:00
The base is open from 1st March to 31st Octobre.

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Arrival & Departure

Time difference

Time difference between Croatia and UK GMT + 1 (GMT + 2 from the last Sunday in March to the last Sunday in October)

Airport

Split Airport also known as Resnik is located on the Adriatic coast, 6km (4 miles) from Trogir to the west and Kastela to the east and 25km (15.5 miles) from Split to the southeast.

Airport Facilities: Money exchange office, ATM, Bank, Post Office, Duty-Free, Coffee shop, snack bars, VIP lounge and Business lounge. A taxi rank can be found by leaving the arrivals hall via the main exit.

Check your duty free allowance in the duty free guide available on the flight.

Transfers

If your trip is flight exclusive, we request that you send your travel arrangements to us so we can assist with transfer details where required. You can elect to pre-book and pay directly to the driver, or organise your own taxi at the airport.

Please note: Guests arriving separately should bring a copy of the charter contract/invoice.

Split Airport to Agana Marina, Minibus, 1-3 persons - €40, 4-7 persons - €65, 8+ persons - €9 per person
Split Centre to Agana Marina, Taxi, 1-3 persons - €75, 4 persons + - €20 per person 
Split Harbour to Agana Marina: Minibus 30 Euros per person (1 hr 15 minutes) 
Zadar Airport to Agana Marina: Taxi 1 - 3 passengers = 160 Euros, 4 or more = 45 Euros per person (2 hours)

Luggage

We would highly recommend packing prescription medicine and essential clothing (swimsuit, t-shirt and shorts) in your hand luggage as occasionally your luggage may arrive at the base after you do.
Please pack using soft-sided bags, as these are easier to store on your yacht.

Passport and Visas

A valid passport is sufficient for a tourist visiting Croatia for up to 3 months. Citizens of EU countries do not require a Visa. Non EU passport holders should check with their nearest Croatian embassy, consulate or office. Sunsail cannot be held responsible for refusal of entry or travel due to lack of visas.
Your passport name must match the name on the flight ticket otherwise you may not be able to travel and insurance may be invalid. If your child is not already included on a valid British Passport they are required to hold their own passport.
Please note country entry/exit requirements are subject to change. Please check with your local government or travel office for up to date information or passeport requirements. Sunsail is not accountable for any requirement changes.

Customs and Immigration

Before leaving the airport you will have to clear Customs and Immigration.  Customs and Immigration do work on a spot check basis.

Arrival Day

Your yacht will be ready at 1800 hrs for boarding.

Upon arrival at your base you will be greeted by a member of our Sunsail team who will show you to your boat. Once there you will be given a welcome brief demonstrating the essentials you need to know, before heading out for dinner at your leisure.

The Sunsail crew will carry out chart and flotilla briefings describing the cruising area. Yacht briefings introduce you to your yacht, its systems and rigging. It is important that all systems and equipment are fully understood. Please Note: Briefings are mandatory.

Out of hour’s arrival procedure

Outside of these hours we leave directions to their yacht, contact number, and other relevant information outside our reception for them to collect.

On departure

Disembarkation: All charterers must return to base by 5:00 pm the night before disembarkation for debriefing and checks. Disembarkation is at 9:00 am the following morning.

Before departing the boat please collect a debrief form from reception.
The debrief form is to let us know if you have encountered any problems with the boat or broken anything during the trip, this enables us to rectify problems for the next charter.

In addition to filling in forms we also require you to bag dirty laundry and leave in the cockpit, empty all cupboards and fridges of food and throw away, return snorkel gear and any lifejackets borrowed from reception and ensure that the boat is handed back to Sunsail in a clean and tidy state. We reserve the right to charge for boats left less than shipshape.

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Sailing Information

Sailing Experience Level 2 
Experience levels are based on sailing conditions and the length of passages within your chosen sailing area. Follow the link for more information on the sailing conditions.

Croatia Skipper License Requirements

  • To charter in Croatia, there must be at least one certified skipper over 18 years old. The skipper should be competent at handling a yacht in close quarters, anchoring and mooring in varying conditions and be able to use navigation and pilotage skills to plan the day’s sailing and know your position at any time.  As a yacht skipper, you are required to have an official sailing license or a certificate issued by a government of state approved organization as detailed below:

    Skipper is REQUIRED to have one (1) of the following:
    • RYA - “Day Skipper Course” or above
    • US Sailing - “Bareboat Cruising Course” or above
    • ASA - “104 Bareboat Cruising Course” or above
    • Or an equivalent certification issued by a government or state approved organization.
    OR

    Skipper is REQUIRED to have one (1) of the following:
    ∙ ICC (International Certificate of Competence), International – Prerequisites: RYA “Day Skipper Shorebased Certificate” 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 103 Basic Coastal Cruising or US Sailing “Basic Keelboat”


    A list of officially accepted licenses is available at the Croatian Ministry of Sea website – (http://www.mmpi.hr). Please check the list of officially accepted licenses before contacting the base with any queries as the list is updated every few months.  This list is organized by country and details the accepted competence levels for experience, boat size and distance-from-shore-sailing for the various certificates accepted. 
    It is essential that you take your original skippers license or certificate with you in the event that the Port Authorities ask you to present it to them. If you do not have an official sailing license, by law the team at base will not be able to allow you to charter without an officially certified skipper onboard. 
    Our Sunsail RYA Sailing School in Croatia runs RYA Day Skipper and RYA Competent Crew courses. Completion of the RYA Day Skipper Course will also guarantee you the ICC on application without any further courses or exams. Please contact our sales team for more info.
     

 
Skippers & Crew qualifications and boat papers

It is ESSENTIAL that we have all of the following details in advance: Full name, date of birth, place of birth, nationality and passport number/ID card number for every member of your crew so that your boat papers can be prepared. You will not be able to sail without these papers, and failure to supply information in advance could delay your departure from the base. The sailing experience you provide on your booking confirmation is required as proof of sailing experience for the Croatian Port Authorities. Please bring any RYA certificates or other sailing qualifications with you.
The Croatian Authorities website has full details of acceptable skippers licenses, view the PDF here.

Night Sailing

Night Sailing is not permitted; you must be moored at least one hour before sunset at all of our locations.

Cruising Area Limits

Northern Limit described as being a line of latitude at RT Radman (just north of Zadar).
Southern Limit described as being a line of Latitude at Lumbarda on the Island of Korcula.
(Note: If you are on a 2 week cruise with good sailing experience, you are able to sail as far south as Dubrovnik) It is important to stay within 12 miles of coastline at all times.

Mooring Fees and Taxes

Mooring fees are usually charged in harbours and on town quays by the local municipality. These are usually between €25 and €30 which is less than the per night charges in the larger marinas, but shower and toilet facilities may not be available.

Well equipped marinas are common in Croatia and generally cost about €50 (for a 30 ft yacht) to €80 (for a 50ft yacht) per night. The actual price is dependent on the size of your yacht and the specific marina pricing policy. Shore power, water, and shower and toilet facilities are included in the cost of berthing in a marina.
If you use a private jetty free of charge, you are expected to eat at the owner’s restaurant.

Mooring Type
Standard Facilities Available
Average Cost*
Anchorage
N/A
HRK 0-150
Port Authority Mooring Buoy
N/A
HRK 150-280
Restaurant Mooring Buoy/Jetty
N/A
Usually free if you eat at the restaurant
Town Quay
Mooring/Lazy lines, Water & Electricity
HRK 240-550
Marina
Mooring/Lazy lines, Water & Electricity, Shower & Toilet Facilities
HRK 500 - 700

 

Croatian Tourism tax: this tax will be collected upon arrival at the base. The charge is 1 Euro per person / per day and must be paid as a cash payment for the whole of the charter period. This is payable for flotilla.

Kornati National Park
You should buy a 2-day/1 night pass for your yacht and for everybody on board to sail and moor / anchor in the National Park area. This is approx. €45 for a 35ft yacht.

Area & Sailing

The Sailing Area
To truly appreciate the Croatian sailing ground, spend two weeks on a charter or flotilla sailing the northern and southern waters of this area.

Sail south cruising the island coastlines of pine clad Brac with its lovely fishing town, and Havar offering fantastic panoramic views of the Adriatic from the top of the island.

Sailing north you will enjoy the wonders of the Kornati National Park including the stunning Krka Falls a water taxi ride from Skradin.

Throughout this area you will experience great cuisine combined with Venetian architecture and contrasting fishing villages.

Anchoring and Berthing

Mooring your yacht is stress free with your Lead Crew there to help. Usually they will arrive ahead of you to lend a hand if needed, and in most destinations the friendly locals are keen to help.

The sailing in Croatia can be easy during the high summer with predominantly light to moderate winds blowing from the North West, force 2 to 5 and sheltered by the many islands lying between the open Adriatic and the mainland. During the early and late season some strong winds can be experienced but not generally for prolonged periods.

The best season for sailing in Croatia is early summer. There are good winds in May and June. In July and August when calm winds prevail conditions are ideal for those who enjoy the calmer conditions, but August is very busy.

Sailors must however be careful as the weather can change very quickly.
Below are the dominant winds in Croatia:

The Bora: A dry, cold wind. As it is a north-easterly, it mainly blows from the east coast of the Adriatic from land to sea. It brings fine weather. Because of the configuration of the land it blows locally with varying force and from various directions ranging from N to NE. The relief of the east of the Adriatic causes the local boras to blow with strong gusts and to begin unexpectedly. The force of the Bora may vary from a light breeze to more intense.
The Sirocco: A warm, humid wind blowing from ESE to SSE. It blows the entire length of the Adriatic coast and brings rough seas. The sky thickly clouds and there is almost always prolonged rain. It reaches its greatest force in the South Adriatic. It can blow at any time of the year. On average it blows at force 16-20 knots.
The Maestral: By day the land surface gets more heated than the surface of the sea and as a result air currents begin to rise up from the land and at a certain distance are drawn down towards the sea thus causing land-sea circulation. The maestral is usually characterized by white cumulus clouds denoting fine weather. Begins usually to blow between 9 and 10 a.m. and reaches its maximum force about 2 p.m. It always dies away before sunset. Its usual force is approximately 16-20 knots.

Tides

In the Eastern Mediterranean, the tidal range is very small: 30 cm to 60 cm (one to two feet depending on location) including the variation of level due to atmospheric pressure and dominant winds.

The weather forecast is continually broadcast on channel 67 in Croatian, English, German, and Italian (must be within VHF range). Forecasts displayed in most marinas (including synoptic charts) or ask local port police.

To call Sunsail use Channel 8. Harbour master is Channel 10. Marinas are 17. Emergency services monitor CH16 (Split Radio) and they will do ship to shore, offering a very good service

Charts & Pilot Book

All the charts and pilot books you will need for the sailing area are on board the yacht.
On board our yachts in Croatia is the Navigational Guide to the Adriatic – Croatian Coast by Leksikografski Zavod Miroslav Krieza (Krleza) (The Miroslav Krieza (Krleza) Lexicographical Institute)
Charts and pilot books can be purchased by mail order from the UK chandler Kelvin Hughes by contacting them direct on 02380 634911 or www.kelvinhughes.com.
Adriatic Pilot Croatia, Slovenia, Montenegro, east coast of Italy, Albania By: T & D Thompson Imray ISBN: 978 085288 970

Skippered Charter Information

The skipper’s time is booked from 12:00pm to 12:00pm in 24-hour periods. If you have reserved him for the first day of your charter and have a 6:00pm start, he will use this time to ensure he is happy with all aspects of the yacht and will be at the base to meet you upon your arrival. If you have reserved him for a later date on your charter he will start at 12:00pm on that day.

The skipper is responsible for the safety of the yacht at all times. He is not permitted to dive with you, nor leave the vessel overnight. He must conduct a safety brief with you before leaving the dock regardless of the duration of his contract with you.

For “check out charters” (anything less than the full duration of the charter) the check-out skipper’s time is booked from 6:00pm to 6:00pm to allow for a meet and greet in the evening and go over basic systems, then a full day with you the next day. This skipper is required to give you a thorough briefing on all aspects of the yacht and dinghy in addition to assisting you with planning an itinerary for the trip and advising you how to contact the base, the return to base procedures and the emergency assistance procedures. It is suggested that you attend the scheduled chart brief that will be supplemented by the skipper during his time with you on the yacht. It is also suggested that you make it clear exactly what you want to cover…anchoring, docking, etc.

The skipper will be required to give you as much information as you require concerning the yacht and its systems, sailing skills and navigation in general.

The skipper fee does not include food or beverages for the skipper and are the responsibility of the client. It is suggested that you discuss this on the first day with the skipper and establish whether you will give the skipper cash for meals, whether you have included him in your provisioning or whether you will accommodate him as part of the group for meals ashore.

The skipper must have his own cabin. We prefer not to put the skipper in the bow due to the shared head and size of the cabin. If you expect him to stay in the bow, please let us know well in advance so that we can choose the appropriate (small) skipper.

For one-day check out skipper’s it is your responsibility to get the skipper back to the base. If you prefer not to come back to the base you must pay for his expenses (ferry, taxi, etc.) to get him back.

The average tip for a skipper is 15 to 20% of the skipper’s fee. This is, of course, at your discretion.

Fuel

Cost Guide £1.00 per litre
Fuel Station location Agana

Cool Boxes

Cool boxes are available at the base on a first come first served basis at no additional charge. Please sign these out and return them clean and undamaged otherwise they will be charged for replacement. Only one per boat.

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Banks & Money Exchange

Currency

The official unit of currency is Kuna (KN). You can exchange money at the departure airport, but the exchange rate is often better once you are in Croatia. 

Banks

Open from 0700hrs to 2000hrs Monday to Friday and 0800hrs to 1200hrs Saturday.
There are ATMs on most of the islands. Traveller’s cheques are not readily accepted.
Cash can be exchanged at banks, post offices, exchange offices, travel agencies, marina offices and hotels. There are many small exchange offices in town offering a better exchange rate than the bank. They are open from 8.00 am to 8.00 pm.

Post Office

The post office is situated in the centre of the town. Open Monday to Saturday 8.00 am to 8.00 pm.

Credit Card Information

Visa and Mastercard are accepted in larger towns and on some islands but it is advisable to have cash to pay for meals.

Please Note: Bases are unable to accept personal cheques and cannot give cash back on credit or debit (Switch/Delta) cards.

 

Notes: Croatian law states that any item that is paid for (mooring, etc.) needs to have a receipt; if no receipt is issued you do not need to pay for the item. If any problem occurs at any time, feel free to call the base or base manager to confirm. 

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General Information

 
Language

Croatian, Serbia, and other (including Italian, Hungarian, Czech, Slovak, and German).

Cost of living in Croatia

On average the cost of living in Croatia is approximately 20% less than the UK, however imported and branded goods are often more expensive.

Restaurants

There are restaurants close to the bases and around many of the islands, with a wide selection of menus at various prices. Freshly caught local seafood is very popular. The local Sunsail staff will advise you of the whereabouts of restaurants.

Tipping

If you have Sunsail crew on board your boat, tipping is at your discretion but standard is 15-20% of the crew fee.
Tipping in Croatia is becoming more commonplace, especially in upscale restaurants. In the past, tipping was welcome but not expected. Today, however, in newer, upscale places, an extra 10% or 15% is considered polite.

Shopping

Supermarkets are situated a short walk away from the bases. Shops are open from about 0700 until 1900 every day (some close for siesta) and the majority close Sunday mornings. Many of your favourite products and brands may not be available.

Croatia offers many handcrafted souvenirs. Filigree jewellery, coral, pearl, embroidered table cloths, linen, Dalamatian wine, spirits, preserves and dried fruit.
A VAT of 18.5% is added onto all non-essential products and services purchased in Croatia.

Hotels

Hotel Concordia Tel: +385 21 885 400 400
Located in the centre of Trogir, only 5km from the airport. There are 3 single and 11 double bedrooms with shower/WC, telephone, satellite TV and air con. All rooms have wonderful see views over Trogir waterfront.
Demand for beds is high in July and August, so you should be prepared to arrive early in the day, or book in advance.

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Electrical, Phones & Music

 
Electricity

The standard voltage on all yachts is 12 volts. Electricity in Croatia is 220 Volts. European 2 pin plug. In order to use electronic equipment that is 220v you will need an inverter suitable for use in a cigarette lighter.

Mobile phones

Check with your service provider for coverage and roaming fees. There are companies such as Cellular Abroad who offer international phone rentals if you are not a resident of the country. Using your own GSM mobile phone in conjunction with a prepaid SIM card is also very popular and convenient.

Internet Connectivity

Complimentary WIFI is available on all Sunsail boats for up to 200MB data. Additional data can be purchased if required from the local service provider. For more information please contact the base. Telephone and internet facilities are also available in the ACI Marinas.

Music/Ipods

All boats are fitted with a radio and CD player. If you wish to listen to your IPOD whilst sailing you will need to bring along an I-trip or FM radio transmitter.

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Activities

Car hire companies at the airport include Adex, Adriaplus/Europcar, Anterra/Hertz, Automatic Commerce, Dicar/Budget, Dignitas/Alamo-National, Sixt, Subrosa/Dollar-Thrifty and Uni Rent.

Cars may also be rented at Agana Marina
Vehicle papers required are the registration booklet, and an international motor vehicle insurance certificate (a green card). You are also advised to carry an international driving permit (issued by motoring organisations) for driving within Croatia.

Watersports
Fishing

For any kind of fishing you need to buy a fishing licence.The cost of the fishing licence for 1 week is 300 Kn (approximately 40€). There are no rental facilities for fishing equipment.

Scuba Diving

Scuba diving is strictly regulated in Croatia. In order for you to dive from the yacht, a Croatian dive licence is required. This can be brought at a cost of 2500 Kuna for the year. To purchase this licence, you will need to produce Dive qualifications. Costs will then be approximately 200 kuna per day and 8 kuna a litre to fill tanks.
The best option is to go through a Dive centre. The cost is approx. 350 Kuna for one dive including rental of all equipment and approx. 550 Kuna for 2 dives, including rental of all equipment, and they will be able to show the best spots along the coast.

For more information about scuba diving visit the Croatian Tourism Diving Association website: www.diving.hr.

Snorkelling

We have a range of snorkelling gear which you may wish to use. We are limited on children’s sizes so if you have your own you may wish to pack your own, as children may be more comfortable with what is familiar to them.

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Provisioning

Good food can be as high on the list as good weather when it comes to a charter holiday and Sunsail aims to make sure this happens.

There are alternative stores to provision, which are located not far from the Base. Small provisioning stores can also be found whilst sailing. We would not advise drinking tap water from the boat, please ensure you provision enough water to prevent dehydration in the hot climate.

You can provision online before you depart. The provisioning pages will confirm the latest order date for your chosen destination.

Sunsail's online provisioning system has been designed to make your holiday as simple as possible. You fill in the form from the comfort of your home before you set off, and when you arrive at your yacht all your provisions are waiting for you.

This facility will guide you around our provisioning store and allow you build your provisioning list by placing our NEW provisioning packages or single items into a shopping basket. When you are happy with your order you can then confirm your order for processing.

Provisioning with Sunsail allows you to:
Take it easy while your provisions are delivered to your yacht at the start of your holiday
Plan your menus to fit your sailing itinerary
Avoid the hassle of re-provisioning once you’ve set sail
Know your provisioning costs in advance

The Sunsail provisioning service is tailored to local conditions. Menus, prices and selections vary from base to base; vegetarian and special diets are catered for, where possible. Don’t forget: our dedicated sales team is always on hand to assist you and to answer any questions on your provisioning needs.

More information about Provisioning

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Health & Safety

 
Illness or Injury

If you are taken ill and visit the doctor or hospital during your trip contact a member of Sunsail staff as soon as possible on either a lead boat or at Sunsail base or Club.

If you need to make a claim for curtailment due to illness, ask the base manager for assistance and contact your insurer’s emergency medical service immediately.

Your insurance company will assist with travel arrangements, advice and payment of bills. Obtain receipts for any medication, treatment or transport you have to pay for and submit with your claim

Safety

All yachts are equipped with adult life jackets harnesses we leave it up to you to decide when personal safety equipment should be worn. We have a limited supply of children’s life jackets (age 4+ only) if you have your own children’s life jacket we would encourage you to bring it along.

We suggest that children who are not strong swimmers should not be allowed in a dinghy without a life jacket or buoyancy aid and that they should wear a buoyancy aid or harness when on deck. We can also supply safety nets for you to fit to your yacht.

Children under the age of 16yrs should not operate an outboard engine and should be supervised at all times when in the dinghy.

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