Sailing Regulations in Croatia That You Must Know

Refreshing breeze and wonderfully indented coastline of Croatia attract thousands of boating lovers every year in this country. The pristine beaches along with their crystal clear water provide ideal sailing conditions. But before hitting the water it is good to know the laws and regulations on sailing in Croatia.

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Sailing Regulations to Maintain in Croatia

  • According to the Croatian sailing regulations, there has to be at least one certified skipper over 18 years old on the boat. The person must possess valid VHF and nautical licences. The skipper should be capable of dealing with various adverse situation such as handling a boat in close quarters, response properly during an emergency, able to use advanced navigation instruments and techniques.
  • If you want to rent a boat in Croatia and sail it on your own without taking assistance from a skipper, you need to produce a valid sailing license to the Croatian authority along with the documents of sailing experience. If you have a license issued in a foreign country it is suggested to verify it’s validity for Croatian territorial waters.
  • If you are entering to Croatia with your own vessel or yacht, you must register it at the very first port that is located on your entry point. You must register its arrival with the authorized port authority or harbour office by filling in the form “Registration of arrival and stay of foreign yachts or boats in the territorial sea and internal waters of the Republic of Croatia”.
  • If you are willing to stay on board of the yacht in Croatia, you need to register your yacht, at the harbormaster’s office and police station. Any fun related activity such as on board party, invitational events or other entertaining activities required to have additional permission.

In Croatia, the option of boating fleets are limitless and you could rent a boat at best price from the boat rental companies. You could go for:

  1. Sailing Boats
  2. Motor Boats
  3. Catamarans
  4. Luxury Yachts
  5. Gulets
  6. Mini Cruisers

By maintaining all the regulations and laws you can make your sailing in Croatia a memorable event.