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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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from your yacht charter base

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. 

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on your next yacht charter

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.

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5 Tips For Sailing Safely On Your Holiday

Traveling by land can be hazardous; traveling by sea can be even more so. Before entrusting yourself, your family and friends, and your possessions to the mysteries of the open waters, make sure that you go well-prepared. Just like taking driver’s ed before getting your license, learning how to boat safely is an absolute essential. Here are five boating safety tips to follow – whether you’re on a long-distance trek out on the open ocean or cruising for an afternoon on a lake, you’ll be sailing safely!

Check the Forecast

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Before you head out on the water, make sure you know what kind of weather to expect, especially out at sea. The chances of a boating accident increase with inclement weather, particularly storms. Being well-prepared won’t just ensure that you enjoy beautiful weather during your boating excursion. It will also help you to anticipate rain, lightning, or storms and sail around them.

If you do see storm clouds incoming while you’re out on the water, get ashore as soon as possible. If you are too far from land, try to sail around.

Use Proper Equipment

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Make sure everything aboard your boat is functioning properly, from the rigging and sails to the satellite and compass. Ensure safety gear, like life jackets, are aboard and that there are enough for everyone (and in the proper size!). If anything on board seems out of sorts or missing, make sure to see these to rights before you set sail.

Should something malfunction while you’re out on the water, though, don’t panic. Use your best common sense, and report any malfunctions or damages to the boat owner when you return your boat rental or charter.

Create a Trip Itinerary

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Map out an itinerary as precisely as possible and leave it with family or friends. Detail where you’ll be setting sail from, which destinations you will sail to, how long you will be gone, and when they can expect you to check in. Doing this helps to ensure that someone ashore knows when they may want to contact the Coast Guard or other water authority should they suspect something has happened to you. If you somehow lose contact while out at sea, make contact with your family and friends at home as soon as is possible.

Don’t Get Drunk

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The likelihood of a boating accident or a man-overboard increases dramatically with consumption of alcohol. Those aboard should avoid alcohol consumption, particularly if entering rough or choppy waters is a possibility. If you are hosting a party aboard your boat, consume alcohol sparingly and only if you are moored – and then, only if you have a designated person to guard against any accidents, especially drowning.

Become a Competent Swimmer

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Being a good swimmer is an extremely important skill that can save your life in the event you fall overboard, particularly on the open ocean. Remember that it only takes two minutes for a human being to drown. It may take longer than that for others aboard the boat to pull it around to get you back aboard.

In addition to becoming a competent swimmer, be as physically fit as you can. Contending with the sea demands a lot of strength. Even a calm cruise aboard a boat on a sunny day has its own rigors!

Sailing safely doesn’t have to be complicated. The risks involved – as with any other adventurous undertaking, from driving to hiking – need not be panic-inducing. Following these tips will help you minimize the risks of the open waters, and feeling prepared will help you enjoy your boating trip that much more.

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