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from Split, Croatia

If you are heading to the Dalmatian coast for your Enaviga charter then you’ll be picking your yacht up in Split.

Split is the second largest city in Croatia after Zagreb. A city steeped in history and if time allows, you should visit the Palace of Diocletian. Below we have given you some ideas for a week’s itinerary after you have boarded your Enaviga yacht.

Sail to Hvar Town.

When you sail close to Hvar, see if you can smell lavender. Grown alongside grapes, figs and olive oil. At certain times of the year you can smell lavender whilst on the water.

Berthing on Hvar Town Quay is popular, so get there early to moor up. There are also around 20 mooring buoys. You are only allowed to drop anchor outside of the bay.

A visit to the walled town is a must. It’s pedestrian only and full of decorated mansions and historic buildings. It’s a walk upwards, but don’t let that put you off seeing the breathtaking views.

Your next destination is Korcula.

Korcula was a source of quarried stone during the long period of Venetian rule. The home to a flourishing shipbuilding industry. It now relies on tourism, wine and olive oil production. Korcula was also the birth place of Marco Polo. You can even visit the Marco Polo museum in Korcula Town if you wish.

Choose from a selection of marina’s or anchor in one of the smaller settlements around the island. Some anchorages have facilities near by, some do not.

Korcula

Your next port of call is Lastovo.

It’s only within the past 20 years that visitors have been granted access to Lastovo. It’s previous life was that of a a military island. In 2006 Lastovo became part of the Croatian National Park.

There is one main sheltered harbour, Luka Velji Lago where you can tie onto the quay or anchor off. There are 2 smaller anchorages on the north and 1 on the south side of the island.

You are now going to sail north to Viz.

Viz is a green island noted for its wineries. A marked change from its history as a base for Tito’s partisans during World War II.

You can moor at either Viz Town on the north east of the Island or Kormiza on the west. You could also drop anchor, with the most popular anchorages being at the north of the island.

From Viz you are going to sail NE to Stari Grad.

The oldest town in Croatia. The  settlement is thought to have been founded by Greeks under the name of Faros in 385 BC. Stari Grad was the capital of the island until Hvar Town assumed that role in 1278.

Walk the cobbled streets stepped in history. Look out for the most popular tourist stop, home of Croatian poet, Petar Hektorovic.

Tie up at town quay, Western or Ferry Jetty. Or pick up one of the mooring buoys on the north side of the harbour.

Sail north to Solta.

An untouched island, Solta is a lovely island to spend one of the last night’s of your trip.

You have the choice to stay in 1 of 3 well equipped marinas. Or you can anchor in some lovely sheltered spots around the island.

On your final day, sail back to Split.

If you have time before leaving the island. Why not ask the staff at the yacht base for suggestions of things to see and do.

All the team at Enaviga hope that you enjoy a fantastic time in Split and her surrounding islands. Why not let us know if you find some hidden gems that we can share with future visitors to the islands. 

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a Catamaran or a Monohull?

You’ve decided on where in the world you’ll next be sailing in. The question now is whether to charter a catamaran or a monohull.

Most trips you take onboard a sailboat will be different. Why? because the party you are sailing with will change with each trip. This may be party size, dynamics or age.

Who are you travelling with?

Thinking about the trip you are making plans for. Are you travelling with your immediate family or with extended family or friends?

What ages are the people you are travelling with? Will there be young children or older adults? Are they all agile? Anyone get motion sickness or doesn’t like confined spaces?

Is everyone onboard a seasoned sailor or do you have some newbies onboard?

By considering your crew, it may be immediately clear that a catamaran charter will be best.

Why Catamarans?

A 40ft Catamaran has a much larger beam than it’s monohull counterpart. Space onboard can seem vast in comparison.

They are more stable, with less heel. This makes it easier and more comfortable to cook, sleep and move around the vessel.

They have two engines. I know we choose a sailing boat because we like to sail but the auxiliary engine has its uses. We have all experienced engine failure or a fouled propeller.  If one fails you still have another to get you to a safe harbour or out of danger.

Manoeuvrability in confined areas is exceptional. With two engines and the two propellers a good distance apart, it is easy to turn on a dime (or sixpence!).

More space equals more comfort. You will find larger water tanks. There may also be a generator, air conditioning etc.

Dinghy storage on the davits is simple and easy.

You can fit more people on a 40-foot catamaran than you can a 40-foot monohull. If travelling with friends, there is a degree of separation in sleeping quarters.

Plenty of storage space. Lots of room for extra beer, dive equipment and water toys.

They sail fast and furious off the wind.

Your galley cook will not be sweating below decks. He/She will be on the same level as the outside seating, so not feeling left out.

Why not Catamarans?

They cost more for berthing. Expect to pay 1.5 x least what you would for an equal mono-hull. This will affect your pocket more in the Mediterranean than in the Caribbean where you’ll probably be on a Mooring Buoy.

They do not sail well upwind.  You will have to come further off the wind to get these beasts moving. But in my experience, a 40-foot cruising cat will go faster than a 40-foot cruising monohull. Even though it will have to put in more tacks and sail further off the wind, it will still get there quicker.

Wind effect. With two powerful engines, they are easy to dock. In a strong gust, they do not have as much grip in the water. With their high freeboard and large coach area, they do react to the wind and can slide sideways.

Chartering a Catamaran for the first time is a great way to introduce non-sailers to sailing. Whichever vessel you charter, the team at Enaviga know that you will have a fantastic time aboard.

Click here to see all of the Catamaran’s available to charter through Enaviga. If you have decided that a Monohull is the boat for you, then click here to see all the Monohull’s available

 

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5 Tips for Boating With Children

Boat trips are always exciting for children – sometimes even more so than for their parents, guardians, and elders. But while many people love the idea of taking their children boating, some worry that it may not be safe for them. However, the safety and well-being of children – even babies and toddlers – can very easily be maintained with a few basic principles out on the water. Here are five tips for boating with children.

Life Jackets

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Before you even get to the dock, put life jackets on any infants accompanying you. It is advisable to have life jackets on all children regardless of age, especially if you’re sailing at high tide or through particularly lively waters. For older kids, don’t fret too much about it as long as they can swim capably – older kids generally only need life jackets if you hit choppy waters, are very distant from land, or you run into inclement weather.

Naptime

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For infants and toddlers, take a Pack N’ Play or something similar on board with you if you need to put your infant down either for a nap or if you need your hands free to tend to on-board tasks. Secure the play area so it doesn’t slide around or fall over out on the water, supply it with some toys, a blanket, and a pillow, and you’ll be home free. Older children can help you attend to the tasks of the boat, and also keep an eye on any of the younger children out on the water.

Regular Schedules

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Portrait of young woman and her daughters sitting by dinner table and having meals

Even on holiday, it’s important to keep kids on a regular schedule. If you typically let your kids stay up a bit later on vacations or weekends, by all means, continue to do so – but keep bedtimes and mealtimes regular so children can maintain some sense of routine and family equilibrium. If they usually do chores on a daily basis, assign them easy tasks on board the boat that they can handle in lieu of their typical chores, including keeping the cabin neat and the dishes washed.

Create Shade

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The skin of young children is much more delicate than that of adults’, and very young children will be more prone to heat sickness and nausea than adults as well. Create shade on the boat for children to play under so they don’t get sick by spending the entire day under the hot sun, which can easily done by a Bimini or similar attachment to keep sunlight off. Make sure your children are equipped with sunhats and other protective wear, and have them wear plenty of sunscreen, particularly if they have very fair skin.

Pack Supplies Carefully

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You don’t want to overpack on any boat trip, but make sure you pack carefully to make sure your children have everything they need – waterproof diapers and a waterproof diaper bag, baby food and formula, plenty of food and water, pacifiers, and toys. Make sure you have a well-equipped first aid kit as well, with not only the requisite items for wound and sprain treatment but fever reducer in case they should fall ill and sunburn gel in case of a burn.

Taking your children out on the water will be a thrilling experience for them and for you. As they become acclimated to travel by boat, you’ll find ready shipmates, lots of laughter, and memories that will last your family a lifetime.

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5 Exotic Locations Only Reachable By Boat

Part of the enchantment of sailing is being able to get to places you would otherwise never be able to see. From seabound restaurants and hotels to quiet harbors and sheltered coves. A great many delightful attractions all over the world are only reachable by boat, each one of them worthy of a visit. From remote islands to coastal national parks, here are five attractions you can only get to by boat.

Nauru

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Nauru is a tiny nation that is apparently the least-visited country on the planet, but don’t let that deter you. One of the Micronesian islands, boasts gorgeous white sandy beaches, lush jungles, and stunning waters. The country is so small that you can jog all the way around it in just a few hours. This island is technically reachable by plane, but only one flight per week lands on the tiny island, so rent or charter a boat at Brisbane, Australia, and get there the better (and more reliable) way.

Masoala National Park

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Nestled on the coast of Madagascar, this national park is usually only reachable by passengers hopping aboard cargo ships (known to capsize on occasion) to see its wonders. Still, Masoala National Park is home to a great number of gecko species, insane coral reefs, and beautiful waters. Pick up a boat rental at Antananarivo and sail yourself around to this gem, forgoing the potentially capsizing cargo ships!

Cockspur Lighthouse

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Standing on Tybee Island off the coast of the US state of Georgia and part of the Fort Pulaski monument, this fantastically old lighthouse is only viewable from the water or the surrounding islands. Visitors to the island are discouraged from going ashore due to safety hazards that may endanger them. In addition, the island is also undergoing eco-conservation efforts that visitors making landfall in the island could disrupt. Still, Cockspur is a must-see for history buffs, particularly those interested in the history of the American south.

Tristan da Cunha

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Serious adventurers won’t want to miss Tristan da Cunha, a volcanic island far-flung between the coasts of South America and Africa. The island possesses no visitor amenities – no hotels, restaurants, nor airport, and hosts less than three hundred residents. For keen adventurers who might be thrilled at the prospect of sailing a week to make landfall on the beautifully green island, it is not to be missed.

Pitcairn Island

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This gorgeous South Pacific island belongs to the territories of the United Kingdom. It boasts less than one hundred residents and is so isolated that the UK government has been requesting individuals to take up residence there. Despite its isolation, the greenery and blue waters of this haven far from civilization are well worth the visit. Fish, snorkel, scuba dive, and swim at this tiny but beautiful island. Enjoy the feeling of truly getting away from it all!

Some of the most beautiful places on the planet are the most remote. While it may take special effort to see them, each of these places is well worth the effort. Hop aboard a boat rental, set your course, and let the adventure unfold. To see the sailboat charters we have available near these locations, visit our website.

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