Whether you are travelling as a couple, with friends or as a family group. If you have never sailed before what should you consider?
First off you need to think about whether you would prefer to charter a bareboat with a skipper, or a crewed yacht. If you click here you can read more about the differences between the two.
Once you know which one would suit your trip. Then it’s on to look at where you wish to visit and the boats Enaviga have available for your trip.
Take a look at the Enaviga Website. Here you can carry out a quick and easy search. You can specify destination, dates or yacht type.
If you hit the search tab, there are more criteria offered. As a non-sailor, you should start with crewed yachts and then use the sliding bars to refine your choices. Unless you have chosen a destination or date, you are seeing worldwide availability.
What destination would you like to visit?
This depends on when you are looking to travel. If November – May then you would generally be looking to visit the Caribbean. This is because the weather will be warmer than the Mediterranean. Are you looking to travel May – October?, then you should consider the Med, Australasia or the United States.
If you did want to sail ‘off season’ you will find quieter anchorages and better deals on both flights and boats. If travelling to the Caribbean / Southern United States. There is a risk of a hurricane from June – November. Research the area you wish to travel to in advance. Some restaurants and amenities may close.
What type of boat do you want to hire?
Do you have a preference between a monohull or a catamaran? Click here to read about the differences between the two. Enaviga also offers you the choice of Gulets or Powerboats. Gulets are traditionally available to charter in the Mediterranean. Enaviga also has Gulets sailing from locations such as the Seychelles and Phuket.
A Gulet is a traditional Turkish sailing boat. She has two or three masts (so one more than a regular sailing boat). Despite the extra masts, bareboat Gulets are ‘sailed’ with their diesel engine. If you wish to enjoy a traditional sailing Gulet, then you will need to join a crewed Gulet.
A Powerboat is a boat that does not have any sails. She is dependent on her engine to move. Generally, a quicker method of travel, albeit noisier than sailing.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Your charter is all booked and paid for. Now you have the enviable task of either doing nothing until you arrive or researching the area you are soon to visit. This is where your charter base will come in handy.
Charter bases are great places to gather current, up to date information. Every charter base that you visit around the world is unique. Each will have its own way of working. Yet all will have knowledgeable staff working with them.
Utilise your time on land to attend chart briefing. Also, spend time talking to local staff on the ‘must do’s’. Many of them will be well versed in talking of the anchorages to visit. The snorkel spots to enjoy. The restaurants and ‘must visit’ bars. They will hear returning charter clients rave or moan every week. A good team member will adjust their suggestions accordingly.
What else can you expect from your charter base?
Whether your yacht charter is booked with a large company or a small may vary the services you find on the dock. If booked with a small charter company. You may find the following offered through an independent service.
You will usually be able to buy ice and other consumables at the charter base. This may either be an on-site market, or a shuttle/taxi to take you to provision.
Looking to take a kayak onboard or borrow some scuba dive tanks? Then look to see if your charter base has someone certified who can help. It’s usually a watersports company who can help you get fishing permits if required. These items are all best to get organised well in advance of your arrival.
Planning on going snorkelling? Check ahead of time to see if snorkels, fins and masks come with your charter. If not you then have the choice to bring out with you or pre-book and rent from a watersports company.
Most charter bases will have an on-site bar and restaurant. This is particularly handy after a day of travelling. Help you relax upon your arrival and get you ready for your holiday.
Some charter bases may have a swimming pool. A good idea to check ahead of time so you can keep swimming suits handy for a refreshing pre or post charter dip.
Looking for a hotel for the night before or after your charter? Check to see if there is one situated at the charter base.
When you have booked your holiday.
Why not ask Enaviga for the details of your charter base. You can then check online to see what facilities are available for you to enjoy.
Don’t forget to download the Enaviga On Board Ap. You can use the ap to familiarise yourself with the vessel you have chartered before you arrive at your destination. This will help you be more time effective when it comes to your boat briefing.
You’ve booked your yacht charter and are very excited at the prospect of stepping onboard. Why not take a moment to think about whilst on your trip, how you can make a difference to the environment.
The amount of plastic in the ocean is a hot topic at the moment. It’s up to all users of the sea to try and keep the oceans clean.
At home, it’s quite simple to know which can to sort your rubbish into. Splitting cardboard, plastic, compostable, glass and other waste is no biggie. When you go to a place you aren’t familiar with, will being friendly to the environment be as simple?
Here are a few tips from Enaviga to try and keep on the right side of your environmental conscience.
Before you go
Ask Enaviga for your charter based contact details. Get in touch and ask how they recycle. This may have an impact on your provisioning choices.
If you find that they are able to recycle glass and not plastic. When provisioning request, where possible. To have glass-filled bottles of juice, soda, mixers, wine and beer.
Water is usually only available to buy in plastic containers. Buy the largest bottle you can and decant into glasses to drink rather than buying one drink bottles.
Pack a reusable bottle suitable for drinking water. Whether you top up from drinking fountains, or from one huge water bottle. It will save dozens of smaller plastic water bottles going to landfill.
Take your sturdy bags for life. Use them when you go shopping. Saving countries who aren’t quite so organised double bagging with thin carrier bags.
When choosing soap for washing dishes, shampoo or shower gel. Choose one that is biodegradable. If one is not available, take one from home.
Did you know that biodegradable suntan lotion costs no more than regular lotion? Consider buying family sized bottles rather than many small bottles.
When you are there
Check with the base where you’ll be able to recycle when out on the water. This will help you to divide your rubbish as needed.
Say no to plastic plates, cups and cutlery when eating out. Take Tupperware from the boat for takeaways.
At bars and restaurants, request no straw if the straws on offer are plastic.
Always use your own bags for life. Store well so they don’t go overboard.
If buying Ice, can you buy it and scoop into your own reusable bags rather than by the bag?
You may see other ways in which you can help make your trip better for the environment. Why not share tips learnt with Enaviga on your return. We’d be happy to share them with future travellers.
Whichever country you are travelling to has their own methods of recycling. As a visitor, you may feel happy or dismayed at the way they recycle. Take a moment to stop and consider why their recycling programme is different from home.
If you are taking a sailing holiday with young children. It’s always wise to consider ‘what will children enjoy doing’ during your trip away. Luckily on a sailing trip, there are lots of things to keep them amused. Sailing with young children should be fun so here are a few of Enaviga’s favourites ideas to keep your children happy.
Before you set sail
Take a look at the RYA website. Here you can buy a variety of children’s books for activity/sticker/log book. Opt for the paper version rather than the e-book. Children can then diarise their trip with ease.
Pack some playing cards, matchbox (or similar) for the fun listed below.
Check with your sailing company whether they provide children’s lifejackets. If you have your own that fit well and have room in your luggage. Always pack them. Your child will always feel more comfortable in their own lifejacket.
When you step on board
If your children are keyboard warriors stow the electrical devices when you board. If you can include all adults phones also, this will be a great start to your family fun trip.
Are you planning to snorkel when on the water? If so you could pick up a local fish identification card from a local dive shop. These laminated cards will help you ID any fish spotted during your trip. If your children are too young to snorkel. You may be able to rent a body board with clear window. Your child can then lie down whilst you drag the board for them to see shallow fish and coral. Use the card to play fish bingo – who will be the first onboard to spot them all?
Involve all children in every aspect of sailing the boat. Whether you are skippering yourself, or have a captain. Let all children have a chance under supervision to ‘play’ Captain. You may ignite a passion that will be with them forever.
Whilst sailing with a young family, one game which keeps children still but occupied is ‘eye spy’. One person gives the first letter of the name of a part of the boat and everyone else has to try and guess what it is.
If you have a matchbox or similar sized box for each child on board. You can play the matchbox scavenger hunt. Write a list of items that you believe will fit in the box and are available to find. Challenge each child to fill the matchbox with as many items as they can from the list. The winner is those who find all the items to fit in the matchbox first.
When you moored near a beach, dinghy in with your children carrying a clear glass/plastic bottle. Let them scoop sand and water from the shallows into the bottle. Then sit and watch the sand move as minute sea creatures start to stir.
Depending on where in the world you are sailing, you may have long evenings onboard, as the sun sets early. A perfect excuse for a family games evening. Pack a set of playing cards and teach your little ones gin rummy. Have two children enjoy a game of snap. For younger children, you can use the cards to start a game of number recognition. The choices are endless.
After a day of sailing, swimming and playing, your children will be worn out and need a good night’s rest. Make sure you have some of the local tipple on board to enjoy!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.