For those sailing in Croatia, be it a two week cruise or a summer long trip along the Adriatic shore for a live-aboards, you may have to consider crew coming and going, joining or leaving your boat. Of course there is no complexity in this, but here are a few hints and tips that may make it a little less painful for all concerned.
2.Get photocopies of the incoming crew’s passports before you depart - you will need to give them to your charter company so they can include them on the manifest for boat and charge for the requisite tourist tax (THIS IS A LEAGAL REQUIREMENT)
3.Consider where the changeover will occur. Do you need to get to a mooring near an airport - Split or Trogir for instance. Bear in mind that these marinas are going to be busy and expensive and may be full on Friday or Saturday nights.
4.Avoid Saturday changeovers if you can. This is when the charter companies change over, making all of the marinas within striking distance of the airports very busy. (ACI Trogir for instance will, on a Friday, only take charter yachts based in that marina, so if you arrive on a Friday they may well turn you away.)
5.Consider a change-over well away from the airports. Can you persuade your inbound/outbound crew to get local transport to or from where you are. Bus from the airport to Split and ferry to Hvar or Vis or Brac? This requires a little planing to ensure that the outbound crew make their flights. Investigate early morning ferries - many of the big Island towns have commuter services that depart in time to arrive in Split before 09:00 - these also tend to be cheaper than the tourist ferries late in the day.
Tuesday, 28 July 2009