Frequently asked questions (FAQ)
What about communication; are there any connections on board for?
All our sailing boats have converters 220V/12V so your phones can be charged in the sailing yacht while you’re under sail and you don’t have to wait for shore power.
From where can I obtain weather forecasts?
During check-in our team gives you a 7-day sailing forecast. You can always check forecast for sailors on the internet. Usually you will find this information on the marina bulletin boards which display them in a number of languages. Of course, you can always call the base for weather forecasts, but usually there are regular broadcasts on radio and VHF.
How about safety equipment for children?
There are children’ vests in our base, so please let us know the number you require, and the size (weight) of the children. Also, we can provide a safety net if you make a request in advance.
Are there life vests and other safety equipment on board?
All sailing yachts chartered through Waypoint Charter exceed Croatian Health and Safety laws with regard to safety equipment. This includes approved safety vests, harnesses, life raft, VHF, lighted buoys, distress signals, fire extinguishers, and more.
Do the sailing yachts have all the equipment needed to prepare meals onboard?
Sailing yachts are equipped with crockery and cutlery for the number of people which the yacht would be able to take at maximum capacity. Utensils, which will enable you to cook basic meals are also provided, along with a tin opener and corkscrew. For any specific requirements, please let us know in advance and we will provide.
What is the typical cost of staying in harbors, and in marinas?
The marina costs are usually around 50-100 euros per night, it depends on the length of the sailing yacht (i.e. 12 meters sailing yacht for 57 euros per night). Some harbors and most anchorages are free of charge.
Will there be cleaning supplies on board?
Cleaning supplies such as washing liquid, surface cleaner etc can be put onboard along with other provisions for a small fee.
Will I need to take any bed linen?
Sailing boats are equipped with bed linen.
Will there be any other equipment onboard such as for snorkeling, fishing, etc?
Snorkeling and fishing equipment are not a standard piece of equipment on sailing boats. There are shops in marinas where these can be purchased, or as an alternative they can be added to the provisioning list.
Will there be anywhere to do laundry?
There are launderette facilities in every marina and they are usually around 5-7 euros altogether for washing and drying.
What electrical equipment can I take?
It’s not practical to take a great deal of electrical goods as electricity is in sparse supply. However electricity is 220V, 50Hz. Croatia uses the standard European 2 point plugs. Our sailing yachts have electricity up to 300V (enough for cell-phones, digital cameras, laptops, etc.) while in marinas you have standard 220V shore electricity.
What type of luggage should I take?
A soft bag – a soft holdall will help store your luggage when you unpack on the boat. A suitcase style (hard case) will be difficult to store with a number of people on the sailing boat.
What clothing will I need, are there any requirements for sailing?
Trainers can reduce the risk of getting the stubbed toe while running round the boat. Avoid taking too much kit as it will take up space and remain unused during the trip.
What sun protection will I need in Croatia?
Average temperature in Croatia is 33°C in summer season, and even though all our sailing yachts have bimini, it is really important to use Sun block protection. Also, a sunhat which you can soak is very useful and a good way of staying cool.
Will I need waterproofs?
Waterproofs will be useful if you have a rainy day, but that’s rare in summer season in Croatia. It is also good to have waterproof gear to protect from potential wind chills while under sail.
What currency will I need in Croatia?
The national currency in Croatia is Kuna (HRK). Euros are accepted in most establishments but not everywhere, so it’s good to have Croatian currency with you. Also there are plenty of ATM’s where you can withdraw Kuna with your Visa/Switch etc.
Is food included, can I get any provisions upon arrival?
Food is not included in the price of your bareboat yacht charter. However, we can organize provisions for you; just send us the list in advance. Also, there is a supermarket in marina so you can choose exactly what you need.
Who will pick me up from the airport?
You can organize a transfer through us in advance. All you have to do is email us your flight details and number of people arriving, and we’ll do the rest. Car or a van will be waiting for you.
Do we have to pay for the skipper's food during our trip?
Yes, your group is responsible for covering the contributions for the skipper’s food whether you are dining out or on board.
Is it possible to charter a bareboat from any other day than Saturday?
We usually, like most other charters in Croatia, charter our boats from Saturday to Saturday. It’s possible to charter sailing boats for a shorter term but that’s usually off-season.
If we charter with a skipper, what kind of skipper are we likely to get?
The competent, friendly and English, Italian, German speaking kind! Not only will he make sure you get safely from port to port, but he’ll be your guide to the best places to visit, and if you’d like, your personal sailing instructor!
Do you provide boat briefings?
If requested, you will be given general briefing covering the local cruising grounds. Questions about navigation, anchorages, prevailing conditions, or any part of the desired itinerary can be answered. A more specific boat briefing aboard the yacht will be given at check-in, covering all the operating systems, including rigging, electrical system, water system, windlass, stove, dinghy, outboard and emergency systems.
What qualifications do I need to charter a bareboat sailing yacht?
To charter a bareboat sailing yacht in Croatia it is necessary to have sailing certificates proving their competence. The Port Authorities in Croatia require an RYA Day skipper with VHF qualifications as a sufficient license. International equivalents are also accepted from the majority of countries in Europe, as well as Australia, New Zealand, South Africa etc.
Which days of the week can I begin and end my charter?
Weekly charters usually begin and end on Saturdays for multiples of seven days, especially in high season. Out of the season or in very last minute, there is a possibility to arrange some 3-4 days charters.