In 2017 Sail Connections' Robert Cross took time out of the office for a two-week sailboat charter in Croatia. Here Robert reports on his sailing holiday adventure aboard a Dufour 350 travelling from Dubrovnik to Split return.
Your sailing holiday is a big adventure for all concerned. An investment in time before setting sail will reap rewards on the water. Like any venture, good preparation is key to success in chartering a boat.
Today’s charter boats have all the electrical conveniences of modern living. On board however you are a long way from the grid. Before setting sail, it’s important to understand the limitations of the electrical power source and the tools it drives.
A sailboat charter that includes a paid crew means one of two things: crewed bareboat with your party joined by freelance skipper and sometimes cook; or full-service charter on a boat with permanent, professional crew attached.
There's a charter boat trend towards larger catamarans. Enjoy a bareboat sailing holiday on a big cat such as the Saba 50 or Lagoon 52, their six double cabins providing enough room for two families or a group of friends
If considering a charter boat holiday with family or friends, don't go past New Caledonia, with its stunning natural features and charming mix of French and Melanesian culture
Pets are part of the family and it's common to see them aboard on a sailing holiday. But there are some things to consider before you set sail with dog along on your charter boat adventure.
An ideal Croatian boat charter may mean overnighting in a quiet bay. Or perhaps hopping from town to town for fun and excitement. While the bay stopover may be free of charge, marina charges in Croatia can add up
Leading yacht design company Catana is best known for the performance of its cruising multi-hulls. The new Bali catamaran is designed with crew comfort also in mind, ideal for bareboat charter.
The Turkish coastline is longer than that of any other Mediterranean country. On southwestern Turkey, the “Turquoise Coast”, is a popular and safe bareboat charter destination.
Just offshore southwestern Turkey, the Dodecanese are nevertheless very much Greek islands. From charter bases in Kos and Rhodes, explore this historic, diverse group of islands that straddle east and west.
Good planning, professional briefings, quality equipment and common sense ensure the vast majority of boat charters go smoothly and holiday memories are all happy ones. But even the most experienced sailor occasionally trips up. Here are the stories we most commonly hear when things go wrong on charter.
Clear blue water, sandy beaches, rugged natural landscapes and all the modern facilities you need. If seeking someplace new to charter a boat, Thailand and Malaysia are well worth a second look.
The Cyclades group of islands offers some of the best charter boat sailing on the Aegean Sea, with unforgettable experiences of Greek life in every port
The Ionian Islands stretch some 250km down the western coast of Greece from Corfu to Zakynthos. A bareboat or skippered yacht charter here in the Ionian Sea presents untold opportunities for a sailing vacation second to none.
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