Laws and regulations on sailing in Croatia

According to Croatian law, at least one person on the vessel must posses valid nautical and VHF licences. So, if you don’t want to hire a skipper, in order to charter a boat, you must have valid licenses in addition to sailing experience.

Navigational and VHF licences in Croatia are issued by Port Authorities, and if you licence is issued in a foreign country, please check whether it’s valid for Croatian territorial waters. To obtain the licence, one must take classes and pass exam that include theoretical and practical elements.

If you want to charter bareboat, you must send us copies of your licences in advance to confirm the booking. In case there is something wrong with your papers, we’ll inform you on time. 

You must have the originals with you on board so don’t forget to take them.

Croatian laws are very strict on this issues and it is impossible to charter a boat without all necessary papers.

In addition to navigational and VHF licence, you must also have a certified crew list on board. We will get this document for you when you deliver us all needed information and return it to you when you check in. You must have this paper on board and crew must always be in accordance to it. 

In case some changes in the crew occurs during the sail, you must notify us immediately and get a new list.

If you want to try fishing or some re-creative sports diving, you’ll need special permits. In order to be allowed to sports dive you must be a member of the Croatian Diving Association. The membership is valid for one year and you must be an experienced diver to join.

On the ground of National Parks Mljet and Kornati Islands, you’ll also need special diving permits. 

Sports and underwater fishing also require special permits, and, if you’d like, we can get them for you. However, you’ll have to get the diving license on your own.

The eastern Adriatic is linked by a chain of marinas and harbors offering safe moorings for vessels in all weather conditions. Marinas comply to standards, they have toilets, showers, restaurants, water and electricity connections.

Marinas can be found on VHF Channel 17.

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