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This part of the former Yugoslavia was a highly-developed yachting area with many good-quality marinas. Britons may be slow to return to the area, but the coast and the islands are once again much-visited by Italian and German boats. The Croatian tourist board in the UK send out an excellent booklet Boating in Croatia. Telephone them for a copy, see number below.

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Ship’s papers

Ship’s registration papers.

Crew list.

Third-party insurance.

Ship’s radio licence.

Crew papers


Skipper must have ICC or Yachtmaster certificate.

VHF operator’s licence.

Report to Customs?

Yes, at an official port of entry. Also report to harbourmaster (lucka Kapot-anija) with papers to obtain cruising permit. This costs around £100-200 (valid for one year). The money goes towards light dues and helps fund the Sea Rescue Service.

Also, each crew member must register with the police on arrival in Croatia. This can be done in a marina, hotel, travel agency or police station. You will be issued with a registration card. Failure to do this can cause difficulties.


Readily available.


Readily available.

Shore power 220V

Readily available.


Not known.

Camping Gaz

Readily available; many campsites in coastal areas.

Berthing fees

Marinas are more expensive the nearer they are to Italy. Cheaper in the south. Range from more expensive, to less expensive than the UK.


Kuna (100 lipas).

Some marinas, hotels, etc prefer to be paid in Deutschmarks. Sterling, US dollars and Deutschmarks can be changed for kuna in banks and marina offices.

Credit and charge cards

Sometimes accepted in tourist areas.


Can be changed in banks and marina offices.

Travellers cheques

Can be changed in banks and marina offices.

Emergencies ­ VHF

Coastal stations monitor Ch 16. They will alert the Sea Rescue Service.

Emergencies ­ phone

Police ­ 92

Ambulance ­ 94

Road emergencies ­ 987


Yes, apparently with no restrictions, but check with Tourist Office before leaving.

Dialling code to UK

0044 then the number, omitting the first 0.

Telephone boxes

International dialling card phones becoming more common. Buy cards from post offices and bars.

Weather forecasts

Broadcast in Croat then English by VHF coast radio stations from Split, Zadar and Rijecka. For frequencies see Imray Mediterranean Almanac.


If the combination is longer than 18m, wider than 2.5m or higher than 4m you need a special licence. See tourist board boating booklet for where to obtain one. All motor boats must be registered at a harbourmaster’s office before being launched.

Charts and books

Admiralty charts. Italian charts show more detail. Croatian Hydrographic Office charts excellent. May be found in chandlers.

Adriatic Pilot. T and D Thompson. Imray.

Mediterranean Almanac, Imray.

British Embassy

Vlaska 121/III Floor, PO Box 454, 10000 Zagreb. Tel: 00385 1455 5310. E-mail

Tourist office in UK

Croatian Tourist Board, 162-164 Fulham Palace Road, London W6 9ER. Tel: 020 8563 7979. Visit or e-mail


Croat. Italian widely spoken. English and German often understood.

September 2001


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