You like boats and you like holidays, so why not treat yourself to a charter? From hiring a Linssen in France to bareboating in Thailand, there's a world of choice
Croatia claims to have the cleanest waters in Europe. However – perhaps due to its troubled history – it is often overlooked in favour of its Adriatic neighbour, Italy. Yet with delicious food, a vast coastline, and relics of its past scattered along its shores, there’s lots to tempt boaters. And although it’s getting pricier, it’s worth every penny.
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And there are plenty of cruising options… From Šibenik it’s 20 miles to Rogoznica, home to a well-equipped marina. From here cruise to Hvar via the sheltered bay of Senjska on the island of Solta (a useful bolthole). Hvar is beautiful but it is susceptible to winds from the south and it gets busy in summer.
Korcula, 35 miles from Hvar, is protected from SE and SW winds and is a pretty and popular place. From here you can head to Lastovo – the largest island in the Lastovo Archipelago and just 20 miles from Vela Luka on the west side of Korcula – which is a great place to unwind.
Nearby Vis is famous for its wealth of archaeological finds and choice of lovely beaches, while inland you will find many vineyards. From Vis motor to Balun on the east side of Biševo and on your way back to Šibenik stop off at Primosten, arguably the prettiest tourist town in the region.
Based in the UNESCO-protected town of Šibenik, NCP has a Fairline Targa 34 and a Nimbus 320 Coupe for charter as well as a number of small cruisers.
Tel: 00385 (0) 22 312 999
German-based Marine Project Yachtcharter has a Cranchi 32 Hardtop and a Cranchi Zaffiro 34 available for charter out of Punat, on the island of Krk in northern Croatia.
Marine Project Yachtcharter
Tel: 0039 (0) 348 834 0467
From its base in Trogir, near Split, Baotic Yachting has a large fleet of motorboats to hire, including a Sealine F34, a Sealine SC35 and a Sessa C35.
Tel: 00385 (0) 1 2 900 130