A GUIDE FOR NOVICE – WHY CATAMARAN?

A catamaran charter is a great choice if you are looking for a vessel with plenty of internal space, EXTRA stability, and comfortable as at home.

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Whilst chartering a catamaran is more expensive than chartering a sailing yacht, guests who choose this option are rewarded in luxury, comfort and space onboard.

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Fountaine Pajot Elba 45

Croatia Charter Fleet represents new arrival in our catamaran fleet Elba 45 

Fountaine Pajot Elba 45

The Fountaine Pajot spirit is to face forward. The Elba 45 confirms in the most seductive way our taste for the avant-garde. This luxury catamaran is made to delight the eye and to take you by surprise. The energizing line of its inverted bows, the harmonious layout of its living quarters will mesmerize any enthusiastic yachtsman.

Dynamic and stylish, the helm of our new catamaran offers easy maneuverability and will delight you with its performance. A true cruising catamaran, traversed by a magnificent luminescence, you will feel aboard the Elba 45 just as comfortable as at home. With two new dedicated spaces in the saloon, you’ll feel like you’re in business class.

The Elba 45 is available in two versions. Maestro, with an Owner’s suite and its ensuite bathroom, two double cabins, and two adjoining bathrooms. Quartet, with 4 double cabins, 1 cabin, and 5 bathrooms.

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  • Main Features :

    Length over all44.1 ft – 13,45 m

    Beam over all24.8 ft – 7,55 m

    Displacement unloaded14.0 T (approx.)

    Draft3.9 ft – 1,20 m

    Sail area807 ft² – 75 m²

    Genoa area527 ft² – 49 m²

    Standard Power2 x 50 HP – 2 x 50 CV

    Option Power2 x 60 HP – 2 x 60 CV

    ArchitectBerret-Racoupeau Design

  • Reservoir capacity

    Fresh Water2 x 92 US Gallons – 2 x 350 l (approx.)

    Fuel124 US Gallons – 470 l (approx.)

  • Versions

    Maestro version1 owner’s suite + 1 bathroom / 2 double cabins + 2 bathrooms

    Quatuor version4 double cabins + 2 bathrooms

Why you should book a Sailing Charter Holiday in Croatia this Summer?

You have heard us say it all before. This doesn’t make it less true.  Sailing in Croatia is an unforgettable experience.

Cruising the island-studded Adriatic sea, somewhere among its 1000 or so islands, gliding through blue-green waters under bright sunshine. Sailing in a country gives a different perspective of its land and people and Croatia is simply made for sailing. Faraway magic lands can be reached with the quietest coves; modern marinas attached to humming, cosmopolitan cities provide a safe harbor to unwind and take your mind off the boat for a night or two. Mostly friendly winds and easy line-of-sight navigation offer all that is needed for a chilled-out sailing experience.

If you prefer something more challenging, such sailing areas can be found off the smaller, barren 100-island archipelago of Kornati, in Kvarner Bay, the Velebit Channel, and around the island of Vis.

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The high season in Croatia is busy. There are crowded, umbrella-lined beaches and cities with millions of tourists and locals on holiday; all moving around at the same time. If you’re looking for something quieter, wilder, and more intimate, then what better way to escape the crowds than sailing off on a yacht to places only accessible by boat? Even though sailing is a popular pastime in Croatia, you can always find a cove tucked away somewhere where you will feel as if you are the only soul on the planet. You might meet a few day-trippers from the mainland, but you will have the sunset pretty much to yourself once they have gone.

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Ask anyone who has been to Croatia and they will enthuse about the clarity of the water. Reputedly the clearest water in the Mediterranean, visibility can reach up to 15m, – great for a visual when dropping your anchor! Every cliché you could ever think of applies to the waters of the Adriatic Coast, with good reason; Croatia regularly tops the best beach and cleanest waters lists. The temperature of the sea in the summer reaches a pleasing 29C, there are not many waves, and there are no sharks or particularly dangerous species to worry about. Since you will be, literally, on it you can leap off your boat anytime into the practically transparent water.

Croatia has one of the oldest European cultures, heavily influenced by both the Greeks and the Romans. As a result, there is a plethora of ancient architecture everywhere. Palaces, arenas, and old city walls are found in many ports. Captivating medieval cities, noblemen’s fortresses, and ancient city walls add a charm to the coast and islands that is spellbinding. You can visit some of the most incredible cathedrals in Europe. From Romanesque and Gothic to Renaissance and Rococo, the coastal cities are full of such treasures. Worth exploring on a day in port.

UNESCO’s World Heritage List includes seven sites in Croatia showcasing its rich cultural legacy.

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The nautical infrastructure in Croatia is excellent. With around 56 well-organized marinas which together offer 16000 sea berths and 8500 berths on land.  Apart from marinas, there are also many private sailing clubs and ports for members only. The marinas in Croatia are located mostly in Dalmatian coastal towns, conveniently close to airports and other amenities. Charter boats are available in virtually all of these marinas and most marinas have a dry dock, should you need a few repairs or have an emergency while on a sailing holiday. Reputable charter companies and friendly, helpful port authorities complete the picture.

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See mountainous ridges giving way to vineyards that line the rocky coastline. Gaze out onto the islands dotted as far as the horizon, some lush and green others barren with a starker beauty. Marvel at the colors of summer, the perfection of nature, and the medieval stone walls and buildings. Watch the sunset (or rise) over the water. Taste Croatia! Differing by region, it is a Mediterranean cuisine with splashes of Italian, Greek, and Slavic. Savor the spices and the freshest ingredients washed down with world-class wine that will entertain your palette. Relish delectable traditional meals wherever you are. Feel the wind on your face as the sails fill out or the coolness of the water on your skin as you dive off the boat. Touch the hot pebbles on the beach and sink your bare feet into white sand. Bask in the warm sunshine and let it warm you right through. Smell the lavender fields in Hvar, the grilling meat and fish on the coals, the fresh sea air as you sail out into the open. Wake up to the aroma of coffee being brewed in the galley before you set off for an early morning cruise. Listen to the waves lapping on the boat, the halyards banging on the mast, and the harmonies of the Klapa groups, singing in the squares.

And let your intuition guide you to memorable moments…..

What to expect from HANSE 505?

The new Hanse 505 replaces the previous Hanse 495 model and not only builds on the new focus in the Hanse models but also stands for the implementation of new ideas overall. The Hanse 505 also sets innovative trends in the key areas of design, functionality, technology, performance, luxury, and safety.

 

 

Its unparalleled exterior design with the elegant solid bulwark and the best cockpit in its class sets new standards. The two cockpit tables in the Hanse 505 can also be transformed into a protruding relax launch. The HANSE 505 has everything you could expect from the perfect cruising yacht. Why? Its lines are the creation of Judel/Vrolijk & co, the best and most experienced yacht designers in the world. This guarantees that it is fast, easy, and safe to sail in any weather. 

You can sail this 14-ton yacht on your own, whenever you like. The setting, hauling in, shortening, and trimming of the 130 m² sail can be carried out comfortably and directly from the steering wheel. From there, you will have a complete overview at all times. At HANSE, we call that „Easy Sailing“. You won‘t want to do it without it!

 

If you like to try the new Hanse 505 in sailing feel free to contact our professional team.

Croatia’s Top 6 Hidden Gems

ZAVRATNICA

Since 1964 is protected landscape this inlet has steep sides and is similar in it’s appearance to a fjord, though it formed in a different manner.

ZAVRATNICA

Zavratnica is the habitat of 129 plant species, of which 100 indigenous. At the beginning of 20th century a promenade and terrace in the center of the bay were built to prevent further deterioration. Because of the incredible visibility of the water, you can see the sunken ship clearly from the shore.7

GALEŠNJAK ISLAND

Look this island up on Google Maps and you will see a small heart shaped island located in Zadarski Kanal between town Zadar and the island Pasman, because of it’s almost perfect heart shape it is also known as Lovers island. After it was spotted by Google Earth viewers it became a world-wide sensation.

GALEŠNJAK ISLAND

 

WALLS OF STON

After the Great Wall of China they are the second longest preserved fortification wall on the planet. Ston is your destination, around an hour’s drive from Dubrovnik, great destination for history lovers and gastro lovers.

WALLS OF STON

As the largest construction venture outside the Republic of Dubrovnik they consist of walls of Ston and Mali Ston, the three fortresses, ten circular, tirty-one square towers and six semi-circular bastions. History lovers or anyone who loves beautiful scenery will not want to miss this adventure.

LASTOVO

Chartering a yacht in Croatia is one of the benefits because you can explore some of the more remote destinations along the coast which you would miss if you were on an organized tour which only hit the major spots. Lastovo is the best choice for those who want to spend a completely relaxing and peaceful holiday. The island and the archipelago are for those who wish to meet with untouched nature and it’s most spectacular Mediterranean edition.

LASTOVO

The sea is clear and sparkling as you can ever find, so make sure to take some time to enjoy the serene beaches, and consider staying in one of the most unique accommodations in all of Croatia-the Adriatic oldest lighthouse called Struga Lighthouse which contains four apartments suitable for two to five people.

BLUE CAVE

In the island Biševo near Vis you will find one of the most unique geological attraction in Croatia called Blue Cave. With it’s silvery blue color, created by light refraction of sunlight entering through a crack in the stone, it leaves nobody indifferent. It can only reach by small boat, and once you arrive you need to dive in order to get inside.

BLUE CAVE

The skipper will give you your entrance ticket for the cave and you are ready to move on. Entrance is really small so at the moment you will have to put your head down while sailor takes you inside. Unfortunately you cant stay inside too long and it is also not allowed to swim there but this experience will be a highlight of your holiday.

KORNATI ISLANDS

The Kornati archipelago has qualities that make it unique, it is made up of 140 islands and islets in an area only 35 kilometres long and 14 kilometres wide. The islands are riddled with cracks, caves, grottoes and rugged cliffs.

KORNATI ISLANDS

The biggest part of the Park is in fact it’s main island Kornat and the entire archipelago named after it. The Kornati National park is opened through the whole year for visitors. George Bernard Shaw once said: “On the last day of Creation God desired to crown His work, and thus created the Kornati islands out of tears, stars and breath.”

 

 

National parks in Croatia with a boat

Even though small in size, Croatia has 8 national parks and 11 nature parks, which is not a small number for a country. The difference between the two is that it is strictly prohibited to use natural wealth for any kind economical purposes in national parks.

Here we will list all the national parks in Croatia that you can visit chartering a yacht with us: Mljet, Kornati, Krka, Brijuni. The other four are Plitvička jezera, Risnjak, Sjeverni Velebit and Paklenica, accessible by car with our concierge service.

If you have rented a sailing boat or a catamaran from Dubrovnik to Trogir and Split or in other one-way tour, then island Mljet is a place where you would want to spend a night and maybe even stay for a day or two. Located 24 NM from Dubrovnik, its north-west part was declared a national park in 1960. Berthing in Polače is recommendable and safe if you are eager to visit the park. Your second option is Pomena which is actually closer to the park but limited by only 20 berths or so, so arriving earlier at around 14:00 in peak season is advised. Maybe the most beautiful parts of the park are the two salt lakes called Big and Little lake. Kids enjoy being „dragged“ by the slow current under the little bridge or rowing to the little island of St. Marija. This is the place for quality time with your kids, since it is one of the most beautiful parts of the Adriatic, according to experienced seamen. One more thing to mention is the fresh and quality fish which you have to try.

National parks in Croatia with a boat

This archipelago was named after the Latin word for the crown – Corona. Consisted of many small bare islands, Kornati are poorly inhabited (the biggest village is Vrulje), but this makes them a perfect getaway from everyday rushed life. They were declared a national park in 1980, with yachtsmen making for more than 80% of the visitors. The easiest access is from Marina Kremik near Primošten, Vodice, Murter (7NM), Šibenik (15 NM), Biograd, Zadar.

National parks in Croatia with a boat

 

During hot long summer days, it is best to escape to Krka national park. It is recommended to tie your boat in ACI marina Skradin which is the closest to two main attractions of river Krka: Skradinski Buk and Roški waterfall. Organized boat rides are the best choice to visit them.

Don’t miss taking a dip in the refreshing river (only in marked places), and visit the ruins of the first Croatian hydroelectric plant at Skradinski Buk.  Hydroelectric plant  „Krka“ (later known as „ Jaruga I „) was built and became operational on Aug 28th 1895., only two days a similar plant started working at Niagara. It is not mentioned enough that Šibenik was the first one to have electric public lighting in the world. Nikola Tesla was to thank for both hydroelectric plant projects.

National parks in Croatia with a boat

The Island of Brijuni is situated in the north-west part of the Adriatic, and it is a bit more than 7 square kilometers in size. The favorable and mild climate made  Austrian industrialist Paul Kuplewieser build a fashionable resort and treatment center. In 1954, Brijuni becomes a favorite summer resort of the Yugoslav president Josip Broz Tito who cherished the island as an elite destination as many world dignitaries, actors, and celebrities from that period were his visitors.

 

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